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Traveling with kids with special needs

What a great short read for parents taking kids with special needs on trips this summer! http://www.seattletimes.com/life/travel/making-trips-work-for-a-special-needs-child/

PHOTO MOVED IN ADVANCE AND NOT FOR USE - ONLINE OR IN PRINT - BEFORE JUNE 14, 2015. -- An undated family photo of Meghann Harris with her daughter, Eliza, 8, who has a developmental disorder, and her son, Henry, 6. Harris is senior founder of SpecialGlobe.com, a new travel website for the parents and families of children with physical and cognitive challenges. "They fear what services are out there, whether their child will be welcomed by the world," says Harris. (Handout via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH STORY SLUGGED SPECIAL NEEDS TRAVEL BY HARRIS. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED.

“Trekking into the great unknown is exhilarating for most, but if you are the parent of a child with special needs, the unknown is your biggest obstacle, said Meghann Harris, 47, the senior founder of SpecialGlobe.com, a new travel website for families of children with physical and cognitive challenges.

Harris’ daughter, Eliza, 8, has atypical Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder.”  Click on the link above for the whole article…

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Autism times at Pacific Science Center

Here is a peek at what Exploration for All at the Pacific Science Center is like for kiddos with autism. What an incredible opportunity! ”

SEATTLE — The thing about “firsts” in your life is they stick with you. For a lifetime they can stick with you. We got to see some kids experience some “firsts: the other day at the Pacific Science Center. It’s all part of a program called “Exploration for All: Autism Early Open.”

“It’s cool these things I’ve never seen before,” said 15-year-old Carson Terrault. ”

For more on this article, click on the link: http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/seattle/2015/06/18/opening-doors-for-kids-with-autism/28954051/

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Social Skills help

Social Skills classes

What a great blog post highlighting Autism and social skills. It ties in perfectly with our SuperFlex program that we are offering this summer!

“Often children with ASD are able to state social rules when asked, but have difficulty APPLYING the rules or explaining the reasoning behind rules.

Explanations provide children with the reasoning behind the rules; making it easier for children to know when and why to do…or not do, certain things.
Like other forms of learning, social understanding requires understanding a rule or concept, the exceptions to the rule, AND application of the rule in different settings.
Here are some examples:

Rule ——> Reasoning
No running in stores——- >You can break things or bump into people.
Use your napkin instead of your shirt to wipe your hands ——->If you wipe your hand on your shirt, it will make you look messy, and others may react in a negative way.
Think about what you say before you say it ———>It will help you predict whether the response from the other person will be positive or negative.

Extending the learning

“What if” questions can expand social understanding. For example, “Could you run…if you were at (a restaurant), (a library), (a playground), (the beach)”? Why?”

For more on this article by Ronda Whitaker, MS, click on the article link http://www.thedevelopmentalgarden.com/asd-whats-the-big-idea/

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Communication help for Non-verbal Children

Cognitive writing Therapy at Cogwheel Clinic

Are you a parent of a non-verbal child looking to stimulate his or her mind this summer? Our personally tailored Cognitive Writing Therapy may be what you’re looking for!

We are SO excited about this program here at Cogwheel!  Our OT Tami has an amazing success rate at helping moderate to severely disabled children to write – which often means they learn how to communicate with their parents and others for the first time!  If your kiddo struggles to communicate, or needs to learn how to write, this is an amazing program.  Each child will get several individual sessions before they are placed in a group with peers.