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Forgetting Milestones and Learning to Measure Progress…a New Way of Thinking! – #Learning

  Learning….I think the first thing we needed to learn was that Bree was not going to be like her older brother and sister. My son, Daniel, was my first born and his sisters hate that he earned the title the “easy one” but, that was what he was. He had an easy going personality early on and he excelled in school right away. My second born Kailey, began by teaching me life is not […]

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A Trip to Disneyland

Not long ago, we let Sophie play hooky from seventh grade for two days, and took her to Disneyland. I considered it an educational trip – every time we go, it seems, Sophie gets a little smarter. Some evidence: When Sophie was just shy of 5, she made her first real foray into potty training after the promise of Snow White panties in exchange for dry pull-ups. At 7, she showed compassion and maturity by […]

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Internships Ease Transition To Post-21 Life

BY RACHEL EZEKIEL-FISHBEIN Internships can pave the way for a more satisfying life with rich connections to community and meaningful experiences, and possibly employment. “Good morning. It’s nice to see you. I have a delivery for you. Would you like a newspaper?” asks Annie Kramer-Golinkoff, using head switches to access her Dynavox augmentative communication device. Annie maneuvers the hallways of JEVS’ Human Services’ administrative offices in downtown Philadelphia expertly with her power wheelchair, stopping at […]

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GAME TIME!

Man with Asperger syndrome invents educational board game that encourages wholesome family interaction. It may be the ultimate irony that Anthony Tinervia Jr.’s new educational board game, Keys to the Capitals, keeps players entertained and interacting with one another for hours. That’s because Tinervia struggles with Asperger syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder). Such social interactions don’t come easily for him. So, it’s a huge victory for him to see families setting aside their electronic devices […]