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How to Tell if Your Child Struggles With Learning

By on Aug 28, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Research has proven that early intervention is the best means of helping a child succeed in school. Take the time to carefully observe your child and talk to his doctor or teacher if you notice anything concerning. Although every child’s development is unique, there are several general indicators that a child may struggle with learning.  Ask yourself these questions: Does he know the days of the week, shapes, colors, numbers, and letters? Can he tell the difference between left and right? Before and after? Yesterday and tomorrow? First and last? Is his speech late to develop? Does he have difficulty with rhyming words and correctly pronouncing words? Can he follow simple sets of directions? Are his fine motor skills adequate? Can he button, cut, catch a ball, and zip? Can he perform gross motor activities such as jumping, skipping, running, and kicking a ball? Does he fall down a lot? Helping kids with disabilities in school is one of our areas of focus at Exceptional Kids. Our blog is designed to be a resource for families and educators where we share timely and relevant information, activities, and news...

Prepare Now for Your Special Needs Child’s Adult Life

By on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Any parent can feel nervous about a child’s transition to adulthood. They may ask themselves questions such as: What will the future hold? Is my child ready? What can I do to ensure he is happy and healthy? Although questions such as these are common for any family, the process of transitioning to adulthood may be even more stressful on a family of a child with special needs. You can use this helpful guide focused on transitioning children to a life after high school to help prepare for your child’s adult life. It outlines steps that parents can take to ensure the child is happy, healthy, and well-cared for. The guide explores several different real-life situations and the challenges that parents may face when making decisions about the future of their child. The guide is available online and will connect you with additional resources to help your future planning. It can help ease the anxiety any parent feels when trying to prepare their child for adulthood. If you’re interested in learning about more things that help kids with disabilities visit us online at Exceptional Kids. We are committed to gathering resources, news, and information aimed at both families and...

Have an Awesome Vacation With Your Kids With Special Needs

By on Aug 19, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Today there are more vacation options for families of children with special needs than ever before. If you’re ready to get away for your summer vacation we have some proven tips to make your planning go smoothly: Choose the lodging that’s best for your child- Take your child’s specific needs into account when choosing where to stay. Condos and rental cottages offer fewer amenities but feel more like home than hotels. If you opt to stay in a hotel you should contact the reservation staff to select the ideal room to meet your needs. Plan ahead- Spending time ahead of your vacation to research accessible restaurants, attractions, and entertainment will help you plan a successful vacation. Call ahead to find out more information and seek out other families of children with special needs for advice. Be flexible- Even though a plan is important you should also remain flexible as situations change. Stay mindful of your child’s needs and choose activities that are fun for the entire family. Going on vacation is just one of many fun things for kids with disabilities to enjoy this summer. Stay connected with a wide variety of summer activities by visiting our Exceptional Kids...

How to Prepare Your Child With Autism for the New School Year

By on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Before you know it, summer vacation will be over and the kids will be headed back to school. For children with autism the transition back to school may be a challenge. You can help prepare your child for school’s return by focusing on new routines while emphasizing past successes. Consider: Requesting meetings with teachers- Short conferences with your child’s teachers are a great way to start the school year off right. Use these meetings as a way for your child to become comfortable with the teachers and to explain your child’s strengths and challenges. Spending time at school- Check with the school’s principal and your child’s teachers to schedule time at school. Walk the hallways, have conversations, and let your child become comfortable in the classrooms and general school spaces. Slowly adjusting your summer schedule- We suggest slowly adjusting your summer schedule to coincide with the upcoming school schedule. Move bedtimes up over time, start waking up earlier, and schedule additional “study” times of reading and writing to help prepare for school. Our team at Exceptional Kids is committed to helping kids with disabilities in school. Visit us online to view all of our outstanding resources for families and...

The Connection Between Technology and ADHD

By on Aug 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

There are often misconceptions about the connection between technology and ADHD. Many people assume that technology use can lead to or negatively impact those with ADHD. Research has proven that this simply isn’t true. What we do know, thanks to research, is that kids with ADHD can actually benefit from targeted technology use. Used wisely, technology allows children and adults with ADHD to stay organized, multi-task, and focus. Many people with ADHD crave the rapid fire pace of information that many technology applications are known to provide. Consider how much you can get done in a short amount of time on your computer, phone, or tablet. This information and application management may seem overwhelming to you at times, but to adults and kids with ADHD it can actually have a calming effect that requires their brains to rapidly process new content. The Exceptional Kids blog is an excellent place for you to stay up to date on current research, events, and information. Visit us online...