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  1. A Treasure Trove of Special Needs Resources---ALL in 1 Place!

    When searching for resources to help a child or adult with special or additional needs, do you return again and again to Google for your searches?  Wouldn't it be great if you could have a categorized collection of MANY different kinds of special needs resources ALL in one place and ALWAYS at your fingertips? Well, we decided to provide you with just such a collection, one that you can bookmark (we hope!) and keep ever-accessible for your future needs and that of your child, students or other adult(s).

    This week, we are listing all types of special needs resources---categorized just for you---courtesy of our Pinterest boards.  Please feel free to re-visit and/or share this list to help other parents, teachers and adults who care for individuals with special needs.  Please let us know if there is a resource not yet posted here that deserves to be listed.  If we agree, we'll add it to the collection so that others might benefit, too!

    Happy Reading AND Learning---EVERYONE!

    A Collection of Categorized Special Needs Resources

    ADHD Resources and Support:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/adhd-resources-support/

    ADHD Tools & Resources for Adults:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/adhd-tools-resources-for-adults/

    Dyslexia Resources and Support:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/dyslexia-resources-support/

    Dyslexia Tools:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/dyslexia-tools/

    Dysgraphia Resources:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/dysgraphia-resources/

    Dyscalculia Resources:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/dyscalculia-resources/

    Dyspraxia Resources:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/dyspraxia-resources/

    Autism Resources and Support:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/autism-resources-support/

    Down Syndrome Resources & Support:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/down-syndrome-resources-support/

    Tourette Syndrome Resources & Support:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/tourette-syndrome-resources-support/

    Brain-Training Resources for ALL Kinds of Learners:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/brain-training-resources-for-all-kinds-of-learners/

    Brain-Training Apps:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/brain-training-apps/

    Executive Function Activities & Resources:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/executive-function-activities-resources/

    Could It Be Auditory Processing Issues?:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/could-it-be-auditory-processing-issues/

    Visual Processing Resources:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/visual-processing-resources/

    Low Vision Resources & Support:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/low-vision-resources-support/

    Vision & Vision Therapy Information:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/vision-vision-therapy-information/

    Stroke Recovery Resources & Support:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/stroke-recovery-resources-support/

    Traumatic Brain Injury Resources & Support:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/traumatic-brain-injury-resources-support/

    Parkinson's Disease:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/parkinsons-disease/

    Alzheimer’s Resources: 
    1. https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/alzheimers-resources/
    2. https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/resources-support-for-alzheimers/

    Dementia Info & Resources:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/dementia-info-resources/

    Help for Struggling Readers:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/help-for-struggling-readers/

    Sensory Ideas:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/sensory-ideas/

    Awesome Apps for Special Needs:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/awesome-apps-for-special-needs/

    Let's Make It Gluten-Free! (Recipes):  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/let-s-make-it-gluten-free/

    Resources for ELL & ELS Students: 
    1. https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/resources-for-ell-els-students/
    2. https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/els-ell-educational-resources/

    Miscellaneous Special Needs Resources:  https://www.pinterest.com/brennajn2000/special-needs-resources/

  2. Empowering Resources for Persons of ALL Ages with Autism
     
    We believe that the right tools, strategies and resources can significantly improve one’s reading and learning success, especially when reading and learning can be difficult for someone with ADHD, dyslexia and other issues.
     
    If you or someone you know is challenged with autism, however, the importance of those tools, strategies and resources may be even more important in efforts to improve the quality of life.  You may already know about the low-tech and digital Reading Focus Cards, effective tools that help challenged, unfocused readers with autism and sensory issues.  We also provide a free list of reading and learning strategies and accommodations to help persons of any age with autism.  The list can be found on this website.
     
    For this article, we wanted to address the third component---resources that can actually help to EMPOWER persons with autism to become more confident, more socially interactive and better able to overcome their obstacles.  In our efforts to write this article, we have received the assistance of Ms. Kathleen Carter, a high-school student with Asperger's (autism) and volunteer-intern-extraordinaire at EducatorLabs.  She assists the organization with its research and outreach activities. 
     
    Ms. Carter has kindly provided the first six empowering resources in our list included here.  We want to thank her for these good resources for autism.  We have added a few more links to the list and hope that because of our combined efforts, these resources may help you or others you know in the autism community to feel empowered to become more confident, more comfortable in social situations and more independent in overcoming the challenges of autism---each and every day!

    Empowering Resources for Persons with Autism

    1.   Autism Speaks Resource Guide
    http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-guide

    2.   Career Assistance for People with Autism
    http://www.hloom.com/career-assistance-for-people-with-autism/

    3.   National Center for Autism Resources & Education
    https://www.disability.gov/resource/national-center-for-autism-resources-education-ncare/

    4.   AutismNOW Transition Planning
    http://autismnow.org/in-the-classroom/transition-planning-for-students/

    5.   Aquatic Therapy for Children with Autism
    http://www.saveonpoolsupplies.com/landing/aquatic-therapy-for-children-with-autism.aspx

    6.   Autism
    http://healthfinder.gov/FindServices/SearchContext.aspx?topic=81

    7.   Equine Therapy Programs for Children with Asperger's and Autism
    http://www.equine-therapy-programs.com/aspergers.html

    8.   Autism Resources from Easter Seals
    http://www.easterseals.com/explore-resources/living-with-autism/autism-resources.html

    9.   Family Grant Opportunities (for Therapy, Assistive Technology, etc.)
    https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-library/family-grant-opportunities

    10. Resources - Solutions to Problems in the Autism Community---US Autism & Asperger Association
    http://www.usautism.org/resources.html

    11. BEST Apps for Sensory Processing Issues (iPad, Android and Desktop Apps)
    http://helpforstrugglingreaders.blogspot.com/2015/04/best-apps-for-sensory-processing-issues.html

    12. BEST Apps for Autism-2015 (iPad, Android and Desktop Apps)
    http://helpforstrugglingreaders.blogspot.com/2015/01/best-apps-for-autism-2015.html

  3. BEST Websites for LD

    It is October and LD Awareness Month!  We're commemorating the month by honoring parents and teachers of children with special learning needs as well as challenged adults.  In this blog article, we have decided to provide what many of these individuals often request of us---information and resources for learning disabilities and differences (LD).  We believe that the best way to do that is by presenting a GOOD list of online resources and websites in various LD categories.  In this way, parents, teachers and adults challenged with specific reading or learning issues will have a go-to page to help give them direction and a place to start for the assistance they need.

    We hope you will find the following categorized list of LD websites helpful for you or for someone you care about each day!

    Categorized Website List for LD

    AD/HD (ADHD or ADD)

    AD/HD is the notation for ADD (no hyperactivity) or ADHD (with the hyperactivity component).  Both children and adults can be affected by the condition, and it can occur in varying degrees of severity from one individual to another.  There really is no cure for ADHD, but it is very possible to effectively manage the symptoms of the disorder, which may include assistive tools, strategies, coaching and other helpful resources.

    1. CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a national non-profit organization working to improve the lives of affected people through education, advocacy and support. From lobbying to local support groups, CHADD is a leader in the field of ADHD.
    http://www.chadd.org/

    2. National Resource Center on AD/HD (Sponsored by CHADD) is the center funded by the CDC.  It has much science-based information about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
    http://www.help4adhd.org
     
    3. ADD Resources is another non-profit serving the ADHD community. It has an extensive directory of workshops, conferences, publications, and articles for parents, teachers, adults, and medical professionals. The organization supports itself through memberships.  (A fee may be charged to access some content.)
    http://w3.addresources.org/

    Dyslexia

    1. National Center for Learning Disabilities---Dyslexia
    http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia
     
    2. The International Dyslexia Association
    http://www.interdys.org/index.htm
     
    3. The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
    http://www.dyslexia.yale.edu/
     
    4. DyslexiaHelp at the University of Michigan
    http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/

    Dysgraphia

    1. National Center for Learning Disabilities---Dysgraphia
    http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dysgraphia/what-is-dysgraphia
     
    2. LD Online--- Dysgraphia
    http://www.ldonline.org/article/5890/
     
    3. LDA---Learning Disabilities Association of America--- Dysgraphia
    http://www.ldanatl.org/aboutld/parents/ld_basics/dysgraphia.asp
     
    4. Handwriting Problem Solutions, LLC
    http://www.handwriting-solutions.com/dysgraphia.asp

    Dyscalculia

    1. National Center for Learning Disabilities---Dyscalculia
    http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyscalculia/what-is-dyscalculia
     
    2. Dyscalculia.org-Math Tools
    http://www.dyscalculia.org/math-tools

    Dyspraxia

    1. Dyspraxia Foundation USA
    http://www.dyspraxiausa.org/

    2. Six Helpful Dyspraxia Resources---from the National Center for Learning Disabilities
    http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyspraxia/helpful-motor-skills-development-resources
     
    3. Blog: occupationaltherapyforchildren.over-blog.com
    http://occupationaltherapyforchildren.over-blog.com/article-dyspraxia-87698021.html
     
    Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
    Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a condition that exists when sensory signals do not get organized into appropriate responses.  The condition prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving information needed to interpret sensory input correctly.  A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks.  Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school failure and other impacts may result if the disorder is not treated effectively (from The Sensory Processing Foundation at http://www.spdfoundation.net/about-sensory-processing-disorder.html).

    1. The Sensory Processing Foundation
        http://www.spdfoundation.net/

    2. Sensory Processing Disorder Resource Center
        http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/

    3. Physician Fact Sheet Sensory Processing Disorder Signs and Symptoms
        http://www.thespiralfoundation.org/pdfs/Fact%20Sheet%20for%20MDs%20PDF.pdf

    Executive Function Disorder (EFD)
    Many individuals struggle with executive function, which governs a person’s ability to plan, organize and manage details in everyday life.
    (Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities---Executive Functioning: Please see website link to follow.)

    1. National Center for Learning Disabilities---Executive Functioning
        http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/executive-function-disorders
     
    2. Executive Function 101---FREE e-Book from the National Center for Learning Disabilities
        http://ncld.convio.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=21301.0&dlv_id=32771
     
    3. Is It Executive Function Disorder (EFD) or ADD/ADHD?---from ADDitude Magazine
        http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/7051.html

    4. What Is Executive Function?---from WebMD
        http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/executive-function

    Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)
    The most recent data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control, 2012) indicates that in the U.S., about 1 in 88 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls – with 1 in 54 boys identified.  

    1. Autism Spectrum Disorders---from the National Center for Learning Disabilities
        http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/adhd-related-issues/autism-spectrum-disorders?gclid=CI-okIvJr7oCFUkV7AodSj4AUw

    2. Websites for Families---from Autism Speaks
        http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-library/websites-families

    3. National Autism Association
        http://nationalautismassociation.org/
     
    4. TeachersFirst Resources on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s
        http://www.teachersfirst.com/spectopics/autism-asperger.cfm

    5. Statistics for the Prevalence of Autism and Other Related Data---from the Centers for Disease Control
        From the CDC's Autism and Devlopmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, 2012
        http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/p0329_autism_disorder.html
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