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A nonprofit, publicly-funded charity that strengthens the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech and communication
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Book by Russell A Barkley
Website with resources & support for ADHD
This resource was recommended to us long ago by a parent.
It helps children understand their diagnosis and explains to others who they are inside.
A must have for high-functioning children on the spectrum!
She learned words, but then lost them. There was hope in miracle cures, but then devastation,
While the therapy described may be a little outdated by today's standards, it is the story of what a family experiences before, during and after a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder is a common and frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses
The new edition features additional information on visual and hearing deficits, motor skill difficulties, ADHD, autism, Asperger syndrome, and other related disorders
A non-profit organization & support network
Ellen has been recommending this book for at least 10 years!
It helps explain how and why children do what they do... from hitting and kicking to all-out tantrums.
Then, it goes on to teach you what to do about it. It will save your sanity!
A funny, down-to-earth autobiographical journey of a mother (a driven Harvard graduate) who discovers you can't rely on reason and science when raising a son with Down syndrome
Book by Jason Kingsley & Mitchell Levitz
A Parent's Perspective on Raising a Child with a Disability
Book by Peg Dawson, EdD & Richard Guare, PhD
Assists children with speech and language disorders by funding supplemental therapies and treatments for individuals
Helps families gain access to the care they need through medical grants
A search & rescue program designed for "at-risk" individuals who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering away
Play, Language and cognitive skills all develop together... they go hand in hand
When there is a problem in one area, there are likely problems in the other two areas, as well
Don't forget about play skills... they're crucial to the development of cognitive and language skills as you now know, but also creative, social and emotional skills!
Promoting the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices
I love, love, love his dictionaries! If you are using signs at home to help your child communicate, this is a must have.
The explanations of what to do and the pictures of the signs are clear as a bell!
Increase communication and language skills while decreasing behaviors
This is a MUST HAVE for all parents of children who struggle with social skills and friendship!
It was written by Fred Frankel, PhD... one of the original researchers at UCLA who helped launch the PEERS family of programs and resources.
This book is best suited for children in their elementary years
If looking for a resource for teens and young adults, look below.
Ellen would love to make this book required reading for parents of children in our PEERS Social Skills Groups!
This is the go-to guide for parents who want to refine their skills as Social Coaches.
Find out what teens and young adults should do, should not do, and how they can improve their skills and solve everyday, social problems.
In addition, a DVD full of amazing videos designed to help teach social skills is included.
Free online resources, services and support
The Pout Pout Fish series of books (you'll see them below) is an absolute favorite!
Because they're highly recommend for rhyming (a pre-reading skill) & vocabulary development, you might as well start your baby early.
Stuffed animals are wonderful toys at this age and become playmates when children begin engaging in symbolic play
I can't find the version I've used in therapy for over a decade, but this is very, very close.
At this age, the fun is in the different sized cups and all the banging, dropping and mouthing they can do with them.
Even better, the toy will grow as they do... literally! As their visual and fine-motor skills improve, they'll learn to build a tower, knock it down and use the included shape sorter.
The newest rendition of the most classic toy. Ellen still remembers playing with hers.
Board books are colorful, extremely educational and durable!
Ellen's number one recommendation is to read to your child every day. Every. Single. Day.
Reading to children fosters a love of literacy while teaching language without even trying. Start from day one!
This is the very same one you'll find in our office
This is the very same one you'll find in our office
Revisit these classic stories for preschool and early elementary-aged children. The artwork, stories, rhyming, alliteration and vocabulary can't be beat!
Offers a variety of indoor and outdoor recreation activities for special needs individuals aged 5 to 95 and their families
Organized Sports for Special Needs Children and their Buddies
Provides caring environments of faith and hope for individuals with special needs