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Tips for Building a Relationship with Your Child with Special Needs

October 2, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

At Ramapo for Children, our work is grounded in the conviction that children of all abilities seek the same things: to learn, have friends, feel valued, and experience success. When the demands of a child’s environment are misaligned with his or her social and emotional skills, frustrating and disruptive behaviors occur. To help children succeed—whether they are on the spectrum, have a learning disability, or simply don’t yet have the tools to control their outbursts—the adults in their lives need to help children align their behaviors with their aspirations.

With 90 years of experience, Ramapo for Children has developed a unique ability to create inclusive environments that promote positive behavioral change, foster skill development, and help support learning and personal growth. As we have honed our expertise in working on behalf of children who face obstacles to learning, we have seen that personal relationships are frequently the catalyst for motivating behavioral change and, therefore, a key component of good teaching at home and in the classroom. Once rapport is developed, a budding relationship between an adult and child becomes as reinforcing as any tangible reward used to manage behaviors and teach new skills. Read the rest of this entry →

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When the child you thought you were going to have is gone

May 3, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

I can clearly remember sitting in the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) and hearing the words “Her genetic testing has come back and we found something. She has Trisomy 13 Mosaicism”. That was the last sentence I ever heard in my “normal” world. The following days were filled with doctors and internet browsing and yes tons of crying. I remember looking at my beautiful little 2 month old baby and thinking these people are crazy she looks perfect. Ok, she has seizures, feeding issues, failure to thrive but she LOOKS fine. Denial is amazing thing my mind kept telling me if she looks OK then she is OK. My heart was telling me what I felt since the day she was born she was different. Read the rest of this entry →

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Tips for Preserving a Relationship While Raising a Child with Special Needs

May 1, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

When you find out you’re pregnant your brain and heart fill with excitement and hope, joy and the thoughts of endless possibilities. It also brings with it concern and trepidation, thoughts of sleepless nights and being able to provide what a child needs. As a couple, the focus changes from being on the two of you, to being on your new baby. These are not simple changes and maintaining a strong, positive relationship with your spouse will take work. When a child is born with special needs, or is later diagnosed with special needs, parents need to work even harder to preserve their relationship. Here are some tips to help you do that. Read the rest of this entry →

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