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Developmental Delay Fact Sheet

October 6, 2013 in The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by Jess

If you’re reading this, perhaps you’re concerned about your child’s development. We’re glad you’re here, because there are many immediate things you can do to help your son or daughter. First, know that there’s help available to find out just what the difficulties are, if any, and address those difficulties.

The good news is that this help is usually free, and it’s available in every state. Keep reading if you’d like to know more. Read the rest of this entry →

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Keeping our kids safe at school

February 28, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

In Los Angeles, we’ve been rocked by the news stories of disgusting sex abuse at Miramonte elementary school with local prosecutors charging a longtime teacher with 23 counts of lewd acts with a child. Mark Berndt, 61, allegedly spoon-fed his semen to blindfolded students and also took pictures of the acts. He has resigned from the district.

Later last week, sheriff's deputies arrested his colleague, Martin Bernard Springer, 49, on suspicion of fondling two 7-year-olds in his class within the last three years. Worse of all, Berndt was first was under suspicion in 1994. The incident involved a 9-year-old girl at Miramonte Elementary School, who told investigators that Berndt tried to fondle her inside a classroom in September 1993. Read the rest of this entry →

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Creative Music Therapy: Music’s Capacity to Reach Developmental Potential

January 8, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

We all want to be heard and understood, we want to be able to express the depths of our feelings and live life to the fullest of our abilities. In music therapy this is possible. Music does not discriminate instead it has the capacity to uncover our potentials. The vast qualities of music itself can reach the broadest of emotions and stimulate the mind and body. Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Its clinical use spans a wide range of populations. Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, & cognitive skills through specifically designed music interventions for individuals and groups based upon the client needs. Read the rest of this entry →

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To Punish or Not to Punish?

August 21, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Punishment is widely used in our society.

Punishment can be seen in imprisonment, late fees, speeding tickets, and detention all for not following socially acceptable rules. By definition, punishment is anything that follows a behavior that leads to the decrease of that behavior in the future. This may include adding something to the environment or situation such as giving detention or issuing a parking fine. It also includes removing things from the environment of situation such as taking away dessert after dinner as well as the popular “grounding” (e.g., no television or computer, cannot go over friend’s homes on the weekends).  Read the rest of this entry →

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Be Your Own Person, Unless You Have Special Needs

July 18, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

My entire childhood all I ever heard from adults was to “be your own man”.  I was quoted brilliant words of inspiration by the likes of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, such as:

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” (Henry David Thoreau)  Read the rest of this entry →

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Don’t Sweat the Milestones

April 9, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

Understanding and recognizing when your child isn’t reaching their developmental milestones at the appropriate age is an important part of getting early intervention, but after that don’t sweat it!  If you have the problem diagnosed and are providing your child with as much intervention as you can stressing over what your child can’t do isn’t going to help anyone.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Darius Rucker – Music From the Heart to Benefit the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

April 4, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

If you didn't tune into last night's Academy of Country Music's Award show you missed one of the most moving moments I've witnessed in a long time.  Darius Rucker's performance which benefited the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and Individuals with Developmental Disabilities rocked the stage.    Darius was joined on stage by 25 incredible musicians who also happened to have developmental disabilities.  Describing the moment can't do it justice so watch it for yourself. Read the rest of this entry →

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