Crucial Home Modifications to Consider for a Child with Special Needs

Parents do everything they can to make life as simple and enjoyable as possible for their children. This involves building nurseries and even play rooms for youngsters who need help finding space to learn and grow. If your child is living with a disability, you may even find that you need to make some more significant changes to your home’s layout. Although adapting a home to suit the needs of a child with a disability can be complicated, there are many simple changes that you can make with very little budget and time to help get you started. Here are a few things you might need to consider. 

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6 Ways Parents Can Help Kids With Behavioral Health Problems

Having a child with behavioural health problems can be a hard thing to deal with. However, there are some positive and productive steps that you can take to help set up your children for success and improve their quality of life. These tips can be helpful for any situation, but it can be especially beneficial for families who have dealt with alcohol or drug addictions. In these cases, it is important to remember that a parent with an addiction must first help themselves by working toward sobriety to truly also help their families in this way. Here are 5 ways parents can help kids with behavioural health problems. 


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Caring for a Disabled Child How to Manage Your Stress

Caring for a Disabled Child: How to Manage Your Stress

Every parent will need to master stress management when caring for a child; however, this is essential if you are raising a son or daughter with a physical or learning disability.

In addition to dealing with typical parental stress, you might also need to handle the unique challenges of parenting a child who has additional needs.

There is, however, no shame in admitting to yourself or others that you are feeling the strain. You also need to learn how to manage your stress levels to live a happier life.

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How to Make Dentist Visits Easier for Your Autistic Child

Dental health is imperative for everyone, but for non-verbal children, parents everywhere might have a hard time instilling these crucial habits. Even those parents whose children only exhibit moderate or light symptoms of being on the spectrum can find visiting the dentist difficult, which is why if you have an autistic child it is best to follow this guide today.

Importance of Dental Health 

Dental health is critical in children and adults. Healthy teeth indicate good health, but more importantly, the saliva acts as a defence against bacteria. Brushing too little or brushing too hard can complicate the process and result in an abundance of bacteria that impacts your health or your gums.  

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How to Solve the Biggest Problems When Moving Abroad with a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome

There is no hard and fast rulebook for moving abroad with children with Asperger’s.

Why?

Because no child with Asperger’s is the same as the last. And, well, neither is any international move!

However, while there are certainly things that can cause a bit of pre-departure anxiety when prepping for an international move with your child—like breaking that well-established and hard-won routine, for a start—there are also solutions. There are always solutions.

So, take a deep breath and read on to see some of the potential stumbling blocks and how to resolve them…or at least scramble over them. Because knowledge is power, right? (Right?!)

Disclaimer: children with Asperger’s are not problems that need solving. However, their Asperger’s (especially when combined with an international move) can cause ‘problems’ to which there are some pretty simple resolutions.

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9 Things You Need To Know About Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Arah Iloabugichukwu is a former Water Cooler Gossiper turned Helicopter Parent. She’s also a Gym junkie, holistic medicine buff, and alternative parenting specialist. Arah writes about life from the perspective of her kitchen window. That’s where she keeps the wine.

9 Things You Need To Know About Childhood Apraxia of Speech

9.) What Is Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)?

Not to be confused with Acquired Apraxia which typically affects adult trauma victims, Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a rare neurological speech sound disorder in which the brain struggles with oral motor planning. Now talking may seem like a fairly simple process to those of us who’ve never struggled with a speech impairment, but the process is actually quite intricate, First, you subconsciously start with an idea of what you want to say. Then in the blink of an eye, you piece together a manual consisting of particular sounds and syllables, muscle movements, force needed to activate each muscle, appropriate timing, and a host of other specifications. This manual is what we’ll call a speech movement plan. The final step is to transmit the entire speech movement plan to the mouth, and Houston, we have lift off. It is believed that children with CAS struggle with the inability to transmit, create, and recall speech movement plans.

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Moving Day Tips for Parents of Young Children with Asperger’s Syndrome

Moving house is one of the most stressful life events we go through. For parents of a child with Asperger’s syndrome, moving day can feel like a personal Everest.

Establishing and preserving routine will have been a huge part of your family life so far, and the prospect of temporarily disrupting that can be daunting. However, with the right support and preparation, moving house can be an extremely valuable experience.

Demonstrate your strength as a team, and help your child become familiar with change in a supportive environment. By handling your house move like a pro, you’ll all be in a great position, ready for the next chapter.

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AAC Awareness

Today I have a couple of videos to share as part of the Now Here Me campaign, set up by NHS Scotland to raise awareness and understanding of people using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

AAC awareness. Find out more about Augmentative and Alternative communication

These videos explain very well in the AAC users own words, so are definitely worth a couple of minutes to watch.

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Starting school for Children on the Autistic Spectrum

It won’t be long before we start thinking about back to school. For those with children starting school for the first year, it’s always an exciting and a worrying time for both kids and parents. For families with children with special needs, sometimes the worry is a little more! Today I’m sharing my tips and the strategies that we are trying for our son who will be starting school in September with ASD. I’m happy to be joining together with other bloggers from the Kid Blogger Network who are all sharing their back to school advice and tips as well as offering an amazing giveaway for you all to enter!

Tips for starting school for children with Autism, strategies and visuals

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