Special Needs

When Speech Hinders Reading – Resources To Check Out

Malachi is our 8 year old. He is still struggling to learn how to read. We have tried all kinds of resources, but I am really starting to think that his speech is part of what is hindering his ability to learn to read. He is starting to pick up on the reading, but he is making very slow progress. Now it is time to start looking into resources that we can use to create a speech therapy program at home. I started researching and brainstorming and I found a list of products to research and some catalog companies to …

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Workboxes – Large Family Style

I have not done a workbox post for a very long time. Too long. We are easing in to a new way of doing workboxes and I have not figured it all out yet. What I can tell you is that the kids have crates now. The bottom shelf is missing from the picture above (it contains my mama crate and Zion’s crate). Right now the crates are acting as a storage bin for each child’s work, but I want them to be so much more. I am scouring through the Workbox Blogroll to see the ways other mamas are modifying …

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Lapbooking And Special Needs

Way back when we had preschoolers before, we explored lapbooks and had loads of fun. Now that we have preschoolers again, I started exploring lapbooks again recently and decided to give it a try with all the kids. (More on those lapbooks in another post). I had been wanting to explore things that would be more fun and incorporate the different learning styles of all the kids. I thought the big kids might be ready for notebooking, but there is still too much writing, so I opted to try the lapbooks again. My kids absorb information from videos, books, and through …

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Special Needs At Our House

I recently read this article about dysgraphia. In the past I wrote a list of resources about dysgraphia and I wrote about our struggles with writing and how I thought that Moses might have dysgraphia. The article that I mentioned earlier about dysgraphia has been up in the tabs of my browser for several days now. I have read it over and over. What I love most are the “Real World” helps that Kim suggests. She has some really great ideas. While we have tried some of the ideas in the past, there were many new ideas that I am eager to give a …

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When Math Isn’t Working

When math isn’t working, what do you do? Well, I go looking for something different. Elisha is 11 and he has Autism and ADHD. He has a brilliant mind, but one of the main things he struggles with is putting pen to paper. Well, that and self-motivation for things that don’t interest him. We thought we would eliminate that by getting Teaching Textbooks for him. We put it on a used laptop that we purchased specifically for that purpse. We discovered that the laptop was in the process of dying so we tried to do a save and transfer of …

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Valentine’s Day Sensory Play

What follows is a list of some amazing sensory buckets and activities. All the posts have great pictures, so take some time to visit and plot some fun adventures for your children. Valentine’s Sensory Bucket Valentine Touchy Feely Hearts Baking Sensory Tub Valentine’s Day Sensory Box Valentine’s Sensory Bucket Valentine’s Day Sensory Bucket February Sensory Tub Valentine’s Day Sensory And Imagination Bin Sensory Heaven Valentine’s Day Sensory Tub Learning About Love, Valentine’s Sensory Bin, And Playdoh Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin February Sensory Tub Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin While these sensory play activities are good for any child, they are particularly …

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My Top Ten Tuesday Collection

I have written about a variety of topics, for Top Ten Tuesday, over the course of this year and I thought it would be fun to revisit them. 10 Things We Love About Our New Kitty – A fun post about our new kitty with some adorable pictures. Top Ten Christmas Decorations From My Childhood – This post was a nostalgic walk down memory lane for me. Top Ten Things I Say To My Kids Everyday – I read the list again and it still holds true, although there are a few more that I could add now. Top Ten Building Adventures – Fun …

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Having Higher Expectations

I realized something this week, I am guilty of always thinking that my kids can’t do things. I am pretty sure this line of thought stems from Elisha’s ADHD and autism and wanting to avoid stress added stress in our home. When you have a child with ADHD or autism, you already have a complex child and you want to make life as simple and calm as possible. At least that is what we wanted to do. Even the simplest things would cause meltdowns in the past. All of these things below have caused some form of sensory issue for …

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