Friendship Circle

After a week of NO internet, I’m back! Whew…was having withdrawals!

A friend shared this blog with me and it’s definitely worth a read! The Friendship Circle blog “provides a space to receive great resources, read and share opinions, and stay up to date on the latest trends and news in the special needs community. You’ll hear from parents, special educators, therapists, advocates, and those with special needs themselves. Whether you come to learn, share, or give your own opinion join us…. You are among friends.”

This blog, in particular, has great information when considering chores as preparation for employment!  10 Benefits of Chores For Your Child With Special Needs


Small Business in the US

This week I was reminded of a woman I met a few years back who started her own business. Lissie, of Lissie’s Luv Yums, was a guest speaker at a conference in Chicago and I was encouraged to hear her story of the road to employment. Lissie’s unique needs led she and her foster mom to design and develop a business which could provide flexibility and doing something she enjoyed, while earning income. Take a look at her video and website!

PS My Dog LOVED Lissie’s Luv Yums!!!


Laughter is the Best Medicine

I am in need of some humor today and thought maybe someone else might need a chuckle too. Here’s a link to a few tips from the folks at HelpGuide.org, Laughter is the Best Medicine

“The most wasted day of all is that in which we have not laughed.”

“Laughter is the closest distance between two people.”


Unity Day

Today is Unity Day! Unite Against Bullying!

I’ve previously shared a few resources on bullying, (Family Matters, Netsmartz, Anti-bullying App)but wanted to acknowledge and support Unity Day. There’s an excellent resource from PACER for you to download, Bullying StudentActionPlan. While we focus on bullying within the four walls of school, we know bullying happens in many places across many ages…it is not limited to children in school. Please take time today to encourage those around you to choose words wisely, to speak up when something is wrong, to stand up for one who is being bullied, hold firm BUT extend grace to bullies…they may not know any other way of being.

For more information on Unity Day, check out the National Bullying Prevention Month link from PACER Center.


Smithsonian Institute

Smithsonian

Smithsonian Carousel

Click the image for Carousel times/schedule.

I have always loved visiting the many museums which make up the Smithsonian Institute (SI) in Washington, DC. The exhibits and gardens are wonderful, but in all honesty, the Carousel is one of my favorite parts.  For visitors with disabilities, navigating the path to the various SI sites is just the first hurdle, but the link provides information for most of the museums. Be sure to check out the Security Policies before visiting.

Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)


American Art Therapy Association

The AATA provides networking opportunities for networking with art therapy professionals, gives a voice in state and federal legislative forums, as well as general information and resources. One resource in particular is the Careers in Art Therapy Toolkit, which provides information on integrating art therapy in the career fields of Autism, Eating Disorders, Medical Care Settings, Traumatic Events, Secondary Schools, and Older Adults.

 

 


Netsmartz

I try not to worry about stuff…”Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere.” Even though I try to keep worry out of my daily equation, it doesn’t mean I’m not concerned, especially about my kids and their well being. They are older now and each possess a good amount of internet smarts, but I do still remind and encourage appropriate online “behaviors.” Regardless of how old they get, they will always be my children which means I always have the right and opportunity to speak into their lives. (I think some parents forget this…) Parenting a wired family requires invested vigilance.

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NETSMARTZ is a great online internet safety resource parents and guardians. Filled with videos and presentations (both downloadable to share), interactive lessons and more, this site offers kids, tweens, teens, parents and educators an opportunity to explore internet safety, posting do’s/don’t for social media, cyber bullying and identity theft. Definitely a resource worth spending some time in! Share this with your child’s school counselors, teachers, extracurricular activity leaders, churches…a safety message worth spreading.

 

Here’s a couple of videos from the large video stash on Netsmartz:

Tracking Teresa (ages 11-17) How much information can someone learn about you online in 20 minutes?

UYN with Alyson Stoner (ages 5-10)