Saturday, April 25, 2015

Three Apps Available from the National Association of Special Education Teachers

Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and special education teachers and therapists are drafting IEPs. For many teachers and parents, spring is known as IEP season. The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is a national membership organization that seeks to support and assist professionals in the field of special education and those training for a career in special education. In addition to a wealth of other information and resources, NASET has developed three apps that could prove valuable during this very busy time of year to both teachers and parents.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Magical Bridge Playground: Amazing inclusive playground opens!

Last weekend, the "Nation's Most Inclusive Playground" opened in Palo Alto, CA. There are several inclusive playgrounds around the country, including St. Louis, MO, but this one appears to be the most accessible and the largest around.

Monday, April 20, 2015

A look at the whole package, one father's look at the good and the difficult

I have found myself only sharing with people the strengths and accomplishments of my son with Aspergers. I do not do it to try to make myself come across as SuperMom -- I am far from that title. I tend to do it because I want people to see what an amazing little guy he is. I tend to downplay the meltdowns, the stress, the financial and emotional cost.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tips (and apps) to Parent Your Anxious Child

I was searching new materials (procrastinating on Pinterest) today and came across an article with a free printable entitled 10 Tips to Parent Your Anxious Child written by Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D. It was featured on a site called Kidlutions: Solutions for Kids. The list is wonderful and the fact that it is available as a free printable makes it even better. It's a simple resource to share with parents and educators. As I was reading through the list, I thought there must be some apps out there that would help parents implement some of the suggestions. I found seven options that might be useful in reducing anxiety for kids and adults and over half of them are free.