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Peer Models – One Mother’s Thoughts

Peer Models – One Mother’s Thoughts

One mom recently shared her feelings about her daughter as a peer model in a Language Enrichment class. Her daughter is enrolled in the same class as her nephew, who has an Autism diagnosis.  

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A Magical Vacation for ALL Children

A Magical Vacation for ALL Children

Summer is just around the corner.  You may have started to think about a summer family vacation.  Guest blogger, Jo Varnum, shares her tips for a Disney vacation for ALL children – including those children with Autism.   My husband and I love Walt Disney World, so […]

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Protein Balls

Protein Balls

Looking for a change in the snack routine?   Tired of your kids asking for “sweets” that you don’t want to give them?   Need some REAL FOOD for dessert?   Try these FUN protein ball and bite recipes that your kids can help you make!! (I’ve made […]

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Slow Down!

Slow Down!

Last spring at one of my son’s soccer games, I was feeling that “motherly” frustration at my son’s performance. I stood on the sidelines shouting things like, “Stay in your own lane!” “Turn around!” “Pay attention!” “Keep running!” etc… My husband looked at me and gently said, […]

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What are special needs?

What are special needs?

What are special needs anyway? Here is how I see it: all children are special and all children have needs so basically all children have special needs. We are a society of labels…what is yours? ADD, ADHD, OCD, ASD, PDD, and the list goes on and on and on! What […]

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Time to Start Packing!

Time to Start Packing!

  It’s time to be packing those school lunches again.  Ready or not, here they come…. It can be easy to fall into the traps of convenient processed foods or lunches that look like everyone else’s. A pre-packaged food isn’t always faster and usually not healthier. Start […]

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Three Ways to Get your Pantry Ready for School

Three Ways to Get your Pantry Ready for School

Can you believe it’s time to start thinking about school? As the dietitian supporting Marian Hope, I wanted to share with you not only a fab back to school deal on real food products, but also an upcoming event to get your brain back in the school […]

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“Inclusion” versus “Successful Inclusion”

“Inclusion” versus “Successful Inclusion”

For years I have been trying to figure out “successful inclusion” for children with special needs. Inclusion is when a child is included into the same activities as other children despite their challenges.  This does not necessarily equal successful inclusion. Successful inclusion varies depending on the child’s […]

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Inclusion is Challenging, but…

Inclusion is Challenging, but…

Just because inclusion is challenging, does not mean we deny children the opportunity to be included. Marian Hope Academy is a school that is rooted in Christian principles, has high standards and expectation for all children and includes children of all learning abilities. The reason many schools do not accept those with various learning […]

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App Review: Shadow Puppet

App Review: Shadow Puppet

As a speech-language pathologist, I individualize my treatment plan for each child.  For example, some children are more motivated by outdoor play whereas others might be more interested in books or structured games.  One tool that I have added to my bag of tricks over the last […]

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