New Online Autism Training For Babysitters Available

By Christina Elston All parents want their child’s babysitters to be well prepared – able to keep their child entertained, handle the after-school or bedtime routine and deal with whatever challenges or emergencies might come up. For parents of children on the autism spectrum, there’s a new online tool available to help prepare sitters for the unique challenge of caring for these special kids. Available from the Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT), the package includes […]

Story Behind “Viral” Photo of McDonald’s Worker Helping Man with Disability Is Even Better Than You Think

Chicago, IL (September 25, 2015) – The full story of the man pictured in a photo that went “viral” this week is even more touching than you might imagine. The snapshot posted to Facebook by a customer showed McDonald’s employee Kenny helping Dan Garringer cut and eat his food. Many news outlets reported that Dan ordered his food then requested some help from Kenny, who promptly closed his till at the busy Union Station restaurant […]

50% Of Children With Special Needs Are Bullied At School

B A C K – T O – S C H O O L  S U R V E Y Parents that were recently surveyed by AngelSense revealed the severity of the situation for children with special needs: 50% of parents reported that their special needs child has been bullied at least once on the way to school or at school, and almost 80% of parents of children with special needs, such as autism spectrum […]

Mainstreaming the Education of Children with Disabilities: The Teacher’s Perspective

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON), AND MISHA GAREY, DDS “Inclusive education is a worldwide phenomenon widely advocated in the recent past. It is a philosophy as well as a principle and/or practice that is based on human rights and social justice. It advocates that children with special needs have to be educated along their normal peers in the regular […]

Jill’s House: Lifting Military Families

Eleven years ago and 14 weeks early, Liam Nielsen was born in a military clinic in England and then airlifted to a military hospital in Germany with a NICU. “He got the short end of the preemie-stick and had a rough transition into life,” shared his mom, Cari. “But raising Liam has taught me I can do anything. He’s taught me to stop sweating the small stuff and that most of the stuff I sweat […]

Down Syndrome Research Untangles Therapeutic Possibilities for Alzheimer’s

​September 17, 2015  |  Jackie Carr More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Of them, 400,000 also have Down syndrome. Both groups have similar looking brains with higher levels of the protein beta amyloid. In fact, patients with Down syndrome develop the abnormal protein at twice the rate. Results of a pilot study, published in the September issue of Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, confirms the pathogenic role of beta amyloid in dementia […]

Ten Things Your Child’s Teaching Team Wish You Knew

BY DEANNA PICON Parents and the teaching staff share a common objective: working together to ensure the best experience for your son or daughter. Every fall, parents and students gear up for a new school year, with high hopes for a successful academic term. At the same time, teachers, therapists and administrative staff anxiously await a fresh school session filled with both returning and new students, classes, activities and challenges. Parents and the teaching staff […]

‘Chloe’s Law’ educates would-be parents about Down Syndrome

Doctors warned the Kondrich family that their daughter would be different. They were right. In the past year alone, Chloe Kondrich has hung out with rock stars in Manhattan; visited with Gov. Tom Wolf; posed for photos with members of Congress; and just last week traveled to Harrisburg, by invitation, to meet with Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. One other thing, too: Chloe, who has Down syndrome, had a law named after her. […]

EXPRESSIONS FOR AUTISM

Expressions for Autism is an educational game that helps children ages 6 to 8 with autism, train and improve  emotion and feelings by recreating facial expressions according to day to day life events. First, the user chooses a player and then can either add their own photo or use a built in anime. Next, the user chooses a male or female voice for the player. Then the student is taken to a screen with four […]