Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Sorry I missed posting last week about free app Friday! With the break I completely forgot. Anyway, this week there are 28 free apps worth $74! Head over to Smart Apps for Kids to get them. Remember that most are only free until 10 p.m. (CST). Also, Smart Apps for Special Needs has a post about the top 10 Halloween themed apps that are free! Check them out. There are some fun ones!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
- ranges in severity
- is caused when the brain has problems organizing sensory information appropriately
- also known as Sensory Integration Disorder, Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SI Dysfunction), and Dysfunction in Sensory Integration (DSI)
- some may avoid loud noises, touch, or chaotic environments, while others may seek highly sensory things out
- although everyone has difficulties processing sensory information at times, those with SPD experience these difficulties continually
- commonly diagnosed in childhood, but affects adults as well
- research shows that it is most likely inherited, but other factors (environmental, birth, etc.) may contribute
- those with SPD are at a higher risk of social/emotional problems
- often treated directly by an occupational therapist (OT) who specializes in sensory integration, but those with SPD can also have sensory needs met in other therapies or settings with professionals who have a background in sensory integration and who are collaborating with an OT
Sensory needs are best met naturally in a child's environment. Here is a great list of "heavy work activities" you can do with your child at home if they struggle with sensory integration. This is a list of calming activities put together by Children's: Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Sensory Savy is blog that provides weekly tips/ideas for children who struggle with sensory processing. The above activities should only be carried out while under the direction of an OT. If you have concerns about your child's sensory processing, go here to search for providers in your area.
Monday, October 21, 2013
- Often diagnosed before 5.
- There are varying degrees of severity from not making any sounds at all to whispering occasionally to certain people.
- Some use gestures or will nod their head, others may just just stare or look panicked when spoken to.
- Social situations, including school, is often referred to as a phobia for these children.
- It affects 1 out of every 1,000 children.
- To be diagnosed, the mutism has to have lasted for at least one month, not including the first part of school.
- It is considered an Anxiety Disorder.
- Without treatment, children can go without talking during their entire school years.
- With intervention, selective mutism can be "cured."
- It is not a communication disorder, but can occur in conjunction with speech or language delays.
- Children have the ability to talk and often will at home.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
- It occurs in 1 out of every 10,000 births.
- A developmental disorder mostly seen in females, and rarely seen in males.
- It is caused by a mutation on the X chromosome.
- Many used to refer to Rett syndrome as a degenerative disorder, but it is not. It is a neurological disorder.
- Symptoms don't usually occur until after 10+ months of normal development. Once symptoms set in, there is a halt in development or even a regression. During this time, girls begin "hand washing/wringing" and have motor/gait problems. Delays in communication occur and seizures may also begin.
- Problems or delays with communication, swallowing, motor, sensory, social/emotional skills, and breathing often occur.
- It is diagnosed by a simple blood test.
- Current research shows that Rett syndrome is a potentially reversible disorder. Girl Power 2 Cure has a nice summary of current research.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
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Friday, October 4, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
- Boise, Idaho: October 12, 2013 details here
- Tucson, Arizona: November 3, 2013 details here
- Las Cruces, New Mexico: October 26, 2013 details here
- Roswell, New Mexico: October 19, 2013 details here
- Billings, Montana: October 5, 2013 details here
- Great Falls, Montana: October 12, 2013 details here
- Kalispell, Montana: October 19, 2013 details here
- Belligham, Washington: October 5, 2013 details here
- Moses Lake, Washington: October 12, 2013 details here
- Olympia, Washington: October 5, 2013 details here
- Seattle, Washington: October 6, 2013 details here
If you would like to look up any other states, go to the link above to search.
The National Association for Down Syndrome has a great list of ways to get involved or share information with others! The National Down Syndrome Congress has great information and resources on their website as well. There are really so many resources out there, so search the internet or check your local areas for ways to promote Down syndrome awareness!
And Ms. Jeana's Class:
We have already made big plans for more reading time and small group activities, especially with our class set of "It Looked Like Spilt Milk!" I hope you all enjoy your new books as well. They will be sent home today and tomorrow, along with a "Llama Llama Time to Share" sticker for every student. So be sure to check those backpacks. Happy Reading!
Posted by MoJo at 7:47 AM
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
This week during Large Group we also read the following Shape Story adapted from the story "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" By Bill Martin Jr. The children are encouraged to help read along with the story and after each shape we look around the room for things shaped like that shape. Here are the very simple visuals I used for the story! The children have done great with it!
Red square, red square, what do you see?
I see a green circle looking at me.
Green circle, green circle, what do you see?
I see an orange triangle looking at me.
Orange triangle, orange triangle what do you see?
I see a blue rectangle looking at me.
Blue rectangle, blue rectangle what do you see?
I see a purple heart looking at me.
Purple heart, purple heart what do you see?
I see a yellow star looking at me.
Yellow star, yellow star what do you see?
I see a black diamond looking at me.
Black diamond, black diamond what do you see?
I see a pink oval looking at me.
Pink oval, pink oval what do you see?
I see _______(child's name) looking at me!
It looks like some of the pictures are coming out pretty dark for some reason. If you would like a pdf copy of the visuals send me an email and I will be happy to share! Happy shape hunting.