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Bringing the Family’s Voice to Research: How Families Contribute to Research (Part Two)

by: Lisa Diller, Seattle, Washington, Paula Drew, Edmond, Oklahoma, Marquitha Gilbert, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nancy Ford, Atlanta, Georgia, tina hjorngaard, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Kim Rayfield, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Barbara Taylor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania This is the second of a two-part article about our experiences as parent members of the On-Track Study research team. In this article we reflect on how our engagement in the research process evolved over four years and about the benefits of including parents as members […]

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Simple “Life Hacks” For Students With Dyslexia

BY ANGELA SHAW Many parents understand that building resiliency and independence within their child will increase self-esteem, happiness, and success throughout life. However, children with dyslexia are faced daily with tasks that are extremely difficult for them and they often experience repeated failure when attempting these tasks (IDA, 2013). Therefore, anxiety is often the tenor of their lives and may be generalized in one or many aspects of their reality. Because of their vulnerability to […]

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Incidental Learning & The Deaf Child

BY J. FREEMAN KING, ED.D. Incidental learning might be defined as what a person learns through informal communicative interactions with others in public and educational settings. For children who can hear, incidental learning constitutes a major portion of their social development and world knowledge. However, for the deaf child, even though surrounded by this type of learning, it is often not accessible. There is extreme naivety on the part of parents and many school administrators […]

Updated Special Needs Resource Directory is Here!

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Bringing Years of Special Needs Resource Guide Experience to eParent.com! After months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce our updated online Special Needs Resource Directory replacing our annual printed directory. For over 25 years our resource directory has evolved into the most comprehensive resource available for parents and families of children with chronic health issues, disabilities and special needs, as well as to physicians, allied health […]

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Holiday Gift Guide

As the holiday season quickly approaches, caregivers and parents of children with special needs are considering what new toys, games and learning tools are appearing on the market and which of those might be a good fit for their child. To help families through their toy purchasing decisions, EP’s editors have compiled a selection of some new products as well as some classic choices, each of which offer fun ways to improve motor skills, balance, […]

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Tactile And Sensory Gift Guide

Children can use tactile and sensory toys for calming themselves, reducing stress, promoting focus and concentration, and increasing tactile awareness, all while keeping fidgeting fingers busy! Fidget and sensory objects are great for all children and young adults, but especially those with ADD/ADHD, OCD, autism, or high anxiety levels. These toys help promote a sense of calm, lower anxiety and can increase focus and attention. Below we have compiled a selection of some new products […]

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Games And Puzzles Gift Ideas

Helping your child with special needs use their play time to the most benefit can be tricky. Try a little fun instead, using focus games to stretch their attention span. Puzzles are a fantastic tool for your child’s mind and cognitive development. Additionally, many types of games help children develop new social cues and skills and come to terms with the idea of right and wrong. Best of all, board games allow you to spend […]

Fine Motor Skills Gift Ideas

Fine motor skills are the coordination of small muscles, usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers, with the eyes. Controlling smaller muscle movements can often present big challenges for children with special needs. Developing fine motor muscles is an essential first step towards holding a pencil, learning to dress, and much more. We feature toys that are designed specifically to help kids develop their finger muscles and their hand-eye coordination. Below we have compiled […]

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Job Coach Helps Build Pride & Professionalism

BY LARRY LANDAUER The kitchen in the café at First American Financial Corporation where Elizabeth Martinez serves as job coach for Brian Hirayama, Daniel Martinez, and Alfonso Ponce—three young men with developmental disabilities—is a showcase for true integration of people with disabilities into the work force. Alongside co-workers without  disabilities, these men perform their duties with pride and professionalism, helping the First American Café serve more than 1,000 people per day. The support, encouragement and […]

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October Is Bullying Prevention Month Here Is How You Can Help

October is Bullying Prevention Month as schools and organizations throughout the country are encouraging people to STOMP OUT bullying and cyberbullying. They are hoping to do this through a range of campaigns and events during the month, which aim to change behavior among children and make schools more peaceful places. Bullying is an enormous issue in US schools, with the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics Institute of Education Sciences […]