Friday, May 29, 2015

Toy Like Me: Amazing new company for special needs toys!

Have you heard of Toy Like Me? They are a relatively new company that is creating toys that represent kids with disabilities. Just like you can design an American Girl to look like your child, Toy Like Me is doing the same.

This company and community is growing quickly! Just this past Thursday PLAYMOBIL announced they would be joining forces and representing kids with disabilities in their plastic figurines!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Updated: Why Can't You Be More Organized - 10 (now 14) apps to help with executive functions

"Why can't you be more organized?"  I continue to ask my teenage son this question on a regular basis. I know my family is not alone in this struggle. Recently, it's been on my mind more frequently because my son will be transitioning to high school next year. This week ASHAsphere posted a blog by Gabriella Schecter titled Helping Middle Schoolers With Organization and Time Management. The article reminded me that it might be time to update this top list of apps to address executive functions.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Traumatic Brain Injury

Back in November, I wrote a post titled "Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Autism" and how I would love to have my dog become a therapy dog some day. This week I came across another great video about Animal-Assisted Therapy and how it helped one boy with a Traumatic Brain Injury, start coming out of his coma and interact with his world again. Enjoy!

Great Resources for Creating Visual Schedules and Supports

Visual supports include concrete items, pictures, symbols or printed words and or a combination of these. These supports may assist children in their ability to maintain attention, understand spoken language, and sequence and organize their environment (Hodgdon, 1995). Most of us know that using visuals with children with special needs is a good idea, but it can sometimes to daunting to know where to start. Having examples that have been successful for others or having access to the visuals themselves can be very helpful. Take a look at these websites full of information and resources for making the most of visual supports.