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Provide Clear & Consistent Support – App Review: ChoiceWorks

January 18, 2012 in App Review by Doug Goldberg

Choiceworks by Bee Visual, LLC is a visual support app that lets you retire the cardboard and magnet schedules systems you are most likely using right now. This app is a must have for any family raising a child with special needs struggling with teaching routines, turn taking and making proper choices when angry. According to the Choiceworks app page “this app is designed for caregivers to provide clear and consistent support to foster a child’s independence, positive behavior, and emotional regulation at home and in the community. It can also be customized for teachers in a school setting. It was created with the support of leading hospitals and child development specialists.” Read the rest of this entry →

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Homework for Children with a Disability

July 31, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

So today I am going to talk about homework. OMG! Anyone with an asperger's child knows what that is all about. After keeping it together all day in a very challenging environment the child then comes home to hours of extra work. Of course, the teacher is not picking on your child. It's the assignment given out to the class. The only difference being your child's decompression takes on a much different look then a neurotypical child's.

Let's talk about getting home. They walk in the door and absolutely let loose. It can be a fit about anything. It's not really the object of their ire but rather the releasing of all that pent up tension that they have felt all day. Finally after sitting quiet, a snack and maybe watching their favorite video or tv show its time to look at the homework. Sometimes its not really that bad. Read the rest of this entry →

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Scheduling Homework and the Urge to Battle Zombie Mutants

June 28, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

There is a general acknowledgement in our house that if you can't find my youngest son, go find a computer and there he will be. This really wasn't too much of a problem until he hit high school. Then the workload for school became so intense that it really cut into his computer time and the battle was on.

How do you get a child who is fixated on computer surfing and gaming to concentrate on his homework, which is all done on computers nowadays. At first we tried not allowing any breaks when he came home from school. RIght away to the homework. This way we figured that he would still be in school mode so there would just be the push towrds the end of the day. Now that really didn't have too much effect on his efficiency. In fact, the fighting that ensued was legendary. I tried the positive approach...now if you do your homework you will earn "so much time" on the computer to play your games or surf the net. It didn't really work because he just steamrollered through his homwork, not paying attention and not learning anything. OK, try one down, next... Read the rest of this entry →

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