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Weighted Body Shawl – A Product Review – By Certified Occupational Therapists, Kera McHale and Dana Rooney

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Weighted Shawl
Price: $42.95
Recommended Age: 3 years and up
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699
Product Description: “This snuggly blanket hes induce calmness and relaxation. Weighs 5 lbs., unscented and is made with microfleece.”
Measure 20” x 28”. Lead free.


Button Bear Weighted Lap Pad: A Product Review

submitted by Craig

Product Name: Button Bear Weighted Lap Pad
Price: $39.95
Recommended Age: 3 years and up
Company Name: Achievement Products
Company Website: www.achievement-products.com
Company Phone Number: 1-800-373-4699
Product Description:


Teacher Uses Hot Sauce To Teach Student With Autism Lesson

A judge in Florida has granted permission for a school district to reinstate a teacher who soaked crayons in hot sauce for days in order to teach a student with autism not to chew on the crayons. Let us not forget that these were not just any crayons. The crayons she soaked in hot sauce were specifically stored in this student's bag labeled with their name on it. This pointed, purposeful, horrendous action has not led to punishment but instead has been indirectly supported by the court system.

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Mon, 08/20/2012 - 09:46

Stay Tuned For the Fall

submitted by kidspeak

KidSpeak is taking a break from blogging to wrap up the rest of the summer semester, to prepare for the new school year and to spend some time with family and friends. We will be back in September with lots of new material to help you prepare for the holidays and for keeping your child social during the fall!


For Professionals – Ten Tips for Communicating with Teachers

submitted by kidspeak

When working with kids with special needs, we all strive to take on a team approach in order to help each child the best that we can. The child may have several professionals working with them at the same time like a tutor, occupational therapist, speech therapist, physical therapist, neurologist, psychologist, ABA specialist and most importantly, their teachers. As we juggle our crazy schedules and what comes with the day to day routine, it can be challenging to create a successful team intervention approach.


Getting Potty Trained Before School

submitted by kidspeak

Many parents are hustling to get their kids fully potty trained before the new school year starts. We wanted to revisit our potty training blog and provide some helpful tips for accomplishing that goal.


Preparing for the New School Year

submitted by kidspeak

Preparing for the New School Year


Anesthesia and Children: How does this affect development?

submitted by dramberbrooks

We all hope the children we love never have to endure surgery and that they are perfectly healthy but what happens when this comes up? As a parent perhaps you have run to your doctor for advice about anesthesia, whether your child must undergo dental work or something very serious it is important to know and understand the implications of the drugs used. This is especially a concern for those children on the autism spectrum or with developmental delays.


Summer Play Dates

submitted by kidspeak

Summer is a fun time to be a kid. You are out of school and it’s time to play! But summer can be a difficult time if you are a babysitter or a stay at home mom or dad. You have to fill each and every day with activities and you are faced with the challenge of how to keep things fun and entertaining for the both of you. Let us help you do just that!


Art and the SCERTS Model

submitted by kidspeak

When you walk into Parent Teacher Night what is one of the first things you see? Art! There are art projects on the walls, on the bulletin boards and more. Art is a part of each child’s life from preschool to high school and for some they continue this passion into their adult life.