Notes for Parents

Reposted with permission of the author.  The original article can be found on his website:  imagine: Finding New Stories For People Who Experience Disabilities Several years ago I was asked to speak to a group of parents in Vermont. The title of the presentation was “Supporting Children With Special Needs.” Five minutes into my talk, a parent stood up and interrupted me. […]

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Building A Good Life

If you are the parent of a child with autism, you might be very busy with managing the here and now.  We spend a lot of mental energy looking for and maintaining services like daycare, education, and therapy.  Thinking about your child’s life as an independent adult might seem far away…or it might be something you worry about. Last week, […]

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How To Help Your Child Communicate

Lots of people think that Speech-Language Pathologists just help children who lisp. Helping kids to speak clearly is important, but we do a lot more! We evaluate and treat communication disorders in everyone from young children to elderly adults. We help people communicate effectively, from learning first words to the subtleties of effective conversation. We help children understand language, talk […]

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It’s A Marathon, Not A Race

Aleasha Whenham lives in rural Manitoba with her husband Jason and her 12-year-old son Jake, who was diagnosed with Salla disease, a rare genetic condition that results in a global developmental delay. She considers her family fortunate to be able to learn about RDI through the RELATE program. This reflection on parenting is shared from her blog, I Dream Things […]

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Choosing Gifts

I remember the first toy we bought my daughter that she actually liked. Up until then, we’d filled our house with baby toys, toddler toys, blocks, dolls, books, everything we could think of and afford that we thought would be fun.  She didn’t really play with these toys in the ways we expected, and for awhile I fell into the […]

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Ask a Clinician: Self-Regulation? Is This Another Fad?

Rosanne Papadopoulos is an occupational therapist and RDI consultant in Winnipeg.  You can read more and find her contact information at her website, Discoveries in Therapy. It’s Saturday morning and I am feeling self-regulated!  After a long week of work, I had a great sleep, am sitting next to the warmth of a fall fire in the woodstove on my soft […]

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DIR Stage 5 At a Glance: Words, Ideas and Imagination

This post is part of a series, taking a quick look at each of the developmental capacities as described by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder in their DIR/Floortime framework.  As a child grows, they add new skills to what they learned in the previous stages.  You can find the list of related posts here. After children have become comfortable with interactive […]

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