Joanna Lawrence

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disney – a work in progress

<i>Ed note:</i><p><i>I am not a journalist, friends. I’m a mom with a blog. While I will do my best to make this accurate and concise, I’m sharing my, rather than</i> …

How to Help Students with Special Needs Avoid Bullying

<b>How to Help Students with Special Needs Avoid Bullying</b><p>Recent tragedies in western Massachusetts have reminded us all that bullying can have …

Education

Kids Books: Whole Body Listening Larry at School

<b>Do you have a child who has difficulty following directions and listening in school?</b>Many children with special needs can have difficulty listening …

Teaching

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Parenting

No Stone Unturned: A father’s journey bringing his son back from the depths of traumatic brain injury

It is always a pleasure when I read the words of an author who eloquently articulates ideas I believe to be important. Even better when it is a …

7 Life Lessons From Raising a Child With Down Syndrome

When this mom learned her baby had Down syndrome, she was shocked. Four years later, she looks back and wishes she could have encouraged her younger self with these seven lessons.<p><i>Deanna Smith is a mother of two toddlers (Addison, 3, who has Down syndrome and Carter, 2) and a former high school</i> …

Talk with Me: Enhancing Communication through Natural Family Routines

Talk with Me: Enhancing Communication through Natural Family Routines<p><b>LISTEN TO ARTICLE</b><p><i>Peter’s mother wanted nothing more than to have a conversation</i> …

Calendars

Reach the Moon! Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Help Students with Disabilities (SWD)

“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him …

Teaching

Preschoolers who stutter do just fine socially, new study shows

When parents hear their 3- or 4-year-old struggle with stuttering, many can’t help imagining all the ways it will cause them anxiety, especially when they enter preschool: they’ll be teased, have trouble making friends or be afraid to speak up.<p>But a new Australian study, published Monday in the …

Research

Kids With Special Needs In The Kitchen - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

Teaching life skills to children with special needs has long been a goal in the special needs community. One of the more popular life skills is food …

10 Things I Won't & Will Do This Summer With My Child Who Has Special Needs - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

10 Things I Won’t & Will Do This Summer With My Child Who Has Special Needs<p>It is with great irony that I refer to June, July and August as summer …

The Easy Way to Meditate for Health and Wealth

Jeffrey Green, <i>Guest Writer</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p><b>A simple 10-minute-per-day meditation method to achieve your dreams</b><p>Are you interested in meditation but aren’t …

17 Fun Tips for Summer Language Building - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

School’s out for the summer! Now what?<p>Summer vacation can be trying for parents, especially those with special needs children. Although the break …

10 FREE Online Tools To Help Parents Of Kids With Special Needs - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

We are parents of kids with special needs and we’re busy, we’re stressed, and we’re tired. We need all of the help we can get and we’ll take it from …

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE): Is my Child Receiving One? - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

Any school district that accepts federal funds for assistance in the education of children with disabilities must comply with the Individuals with …

7 Accessibility Features in Windows 8 for Individuals With Special Needs - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

Love it or hate it, smartphones, tablets, laptops are here to stay. In today’s world a lot of people spend a lot of their time staring at their …

Do You Recognize the Gifts of Children With Aspergers?

Does My Child With Special Needs Scare You? - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

So there I was, stuffing envelopes with the PTA moms at my older son’s middle school. The other moms asked about my involvement at my younger son’s …

How to Respond to Unhelpful Comments: Top 10 Comeback Lines For Individuals With Special Needs - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

It happens sooner or later to just about everyone who lives with a disability: someone will say something nosy, rude or truly offensive.<p>It may help …

A Special Needs Guide to Haircuts and Fingernail Trimming - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

Do you dread the day that your loved one needs to have fingernails trimmed or get a haircut? Do you put it off until the broken nails leave scratch …

One Thing We Know About Autism: Vaccines Aren't to Blame

Anti-vaccine advocate Jenny McCarthy has a new platform on The View. Experts hope she won't spread more lies.<p><b>It all started with bad science. The now-debunked theory that autism is caused by the common immunizations nearly all children receive beginning in infancy began with a fabricated piece of</b> …

Know Your Rights as an Employee And Special Needs Parent - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

Parents of a child with special needs understand the difficulty in having to care for a special needs child and work full or part time outside the …

10 Things To Look For In A Special Education Attorney - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

Making sure your child with special needs gets the best possible education can sometimes seem more difficult than rocket science. If you feel your …

8 Special Needs Apps You Should Know About - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

Socially Speaking is an Early Detection Screening/Lesson Plan Template for Young Children At Risk for Behavioral/Social Issues: Autism, Special …

Compulsive Behavior: A Plan For Us All

Tourette’s season is here.<p>The hottest, heaviest weeks of the year amplify tics to unprecedented levels. Clouds of stupids, shut ups, and other …

The Cause of Stimming: What's your stim? - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

The Cause of Stimming: What’s your stim?<p>Everyone has a stim<p>I play with my hair while chatting with a friend.<p>Maybe you bite your nails when you’re …

How to Succeed at Inclusion - Friendship Circle - Special Needs Blog

<i>“Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.”</i> <br>-Robert F. Kennedy, In The Pursuit of Justice<p>My family and our …

Issue 9 - Emotional Journey of Parenting a Special Child

Featuring:<p>The Thin-Red Line by Kim McCafferty<br>• Autism & Wandering: 20 Ways To Help Ensure The Safety Of Our Autistic Loved Ones by Brenda Kosky …

Breakthrough study reveals biological basis for sensory processing disorders in kids

In a groundbreaking new study, researchers have found that children affected with sensory processing disorders have quantifiable differences in brain …