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Asthma is a chronic condition

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Asthma is a chronic condition marked by inflammation and narrowing of the airways, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing. It usually starts in childhood. Asthma is very common. It afflicts more than 25 million people. About 7 million of them are children. An asthma action plan helps you and the school system manage your child’s asthma. It’s a legal document used by school nurses. The plan is specific to your child and describes his or her symptoms, what medicines are prescribed for everyday use, and what medications to give and what to do in case of emergency. If grandparents or other caregivers spend a lot of time with the child, they should have a copy of the plan too. Many schools use an Asthma Action Plan form developed by the South Texas Asthma Coalition. It is available on the Texas Department of State Health Services web site and is organized by the colors of a traffic light — green, yellow and red. Similar to traffic lights, green means go, yellow means caution and red means danger. Green: This part of the plan applies when your child’s breathing is good, with no coughing or wheezing. His or her asthma is under good control, and if your child’s asthma is well-managed it should be in the green zone most of the time. The asthma action plan will list medications they take daily to prevent an asthma attack, the dosages and when to take them — before exercise, for example. Yellow: This applies when a child is having symptoms such as coughing, wheezing or a tight chest. It prescribes how to use quick-relief medicines to help your child breath more easily and prevent the asthma attack from worsening. Red: Provides direction when quick-relief medicines aren’t working and your child is having difficulty breathing and/or continues to wheeze. If your child’s symptoms aren’t improved with quick-acting medications, then it is recommended that he or she is seen by a doctor. The South Texas Pediatric Lung Center at University Health System has launched a new online tool for parents, an asthma symptoms profiler that can help you understand your child’s asthma, how well it’s controlled and how to avoid what his or her particular triggers are.   For full article http://healthfocussa.net/uncategorized/a-plan-of-action-for-your-childs-asthma/ Dr. Donna Beth Willey-Courand is director of the South Texas Pediatric Lung Center at University Health System, and chief of the Pediatric Pulmonology Division at the UT Health Science Center Photo by Mark Greenberg...

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Pet Allergies – Is it your pets hair?

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Pet Allergies – Is it your pets hair?

Did you know that no matter what breed of ‪#‎dog‬ you have, whether short hair or long hair, doesn’t affect your ‪#‎allergies‬? That’s right! The main culprits that cause allergies are dander, saliva, and urine. Of course none of this can keep us away from pups, especially one as lovable and sweet as Dingo! He swung by the office today with his 86 year old boss in tow to give us a big hello! And of course, to remind us that allergies should never be a reason to keep us away from our furry children. Provided by Dr. Gligoric, MD, Board Certified Pediatric & Adult Allergies...

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How to Tell if Your Child Struggles With Learning

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How to Tell if Your Child Struggles With Learning

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...

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Prepare Now for Your Special Needs Child’s Adult Life

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Prepare Now for Your Special Needs Child’s Adult Life

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...

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Have an Awesome Vacation With Your Kids With Special Needs

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Have an Awesome Vacation With Your Kids With Special Needs

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...

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

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

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...

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The Connection Between Technology and ADHD

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The Connection Between Technology and ADHD

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...

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Fun Ways to Start New Traditions With Children Who Have Special Needs

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Fun Ways to Start New Traditions With Children Who Have Special Needs

Family traditions don’t have to center on important holidays or annual celebrations. Instead, look for ways to start new traditions that celebrate your family and your connection to one another. Your family has much to celebrate and starting new traditions is a great way to honor your unique make-up. Some fun new traditions to consider include: School celebrations- Celebrating the first day of school is fun but there are other ways to anchor traditions in your child’s school experience. Make it a tradition to review the week’s work and accomplishments each Friday evening or keep a list of new skills learned in a place of prominence in the house. Special meals- Holidays and birthdays certainly deserve special meals but so do Tuesday nights! Consider choosing one night per week that is set aside for family time and enjoy a special meal chosen by family members. Service projects- Finding ways to be of service to the local community is an excellent family tradition. Look for service options that all family members can participate in regardless of ability. At Exceptional Kids we’re constantly on the lookout for fun things for kids with disabilities to enjoy. Check us out online to learn...

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Inspiring Program in Oregon Helps Young Kids With Disabilities Get Mobile

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Inspiring Program in Oregon Helps Young Kids With Disabilities Get Mobile

An innovative new program in Oregon called “Go Baby Go!” has helped young children with disabilities become mobile thanks to simple conversions of ride-on toys. Aimed at young children under three years old, this program allows families to overcome the steep price tag of wheelchairs. Commercial wheelchairs for children under 3 years old can cost as much as $30,000, and without insurance help (which is hard to obtain for infant and toddler wheelchairs), this is often a price tag that is completely out of a family’s reach. Go Baby Go! works with families to meet the personalized mobility needs of their children using ride-on toys that can be purchased at any toy store. They integrate common materials such as flexible pool noodles, fabric ties, plastic ties and activation switches to customize the toy for a particular child. Each vehicle costs $200 and offers children a host of benefits beyond increased mobility. The converted ride-on toys can also have a positive impact on a child’s cognitive, interpersonal, and language skills. Go Baby Go! should inspire more people to take the initiative to create fun things for kids with disabilities to enjoy. Everyone deserves a playful childhood, after all! Visit us online at Exceptional Kids to learn...

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Things to Keep in Mind When Raising a Child With Autism

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Things to Keep in Mind When Raising a Child With Autism

If someone you love has been diagnosed with autism you understand the developmental, emotional, and physical concerns that come with the disability. Finding the best treatments, most successful interventions, and appropriate surroundings can be a challenge and you may feel frustrated or confused. In these times it is always a good idea to remember these simple reminders about raising a child with autism: Everyone is different- Although the disability has many common symptoms, every child with autism is different. Instead of relying on generalities about people with autism, spend time learning what your child prefers, likes, and responds best to. Be consistent- A child with autism will typically do best in situations that are clear and consistent. Establish a predictable routine that promotes feelings of peace and security. Growth may take time- Children with autism may need more time to master a skill or become comfortable with a routine. Make sure to give them the time they need to be successful. Our team at Exceptional Kids is always searching for ideas, information, and resources for kids with autism and their families. Stay connected with our blog to learn...

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