In the Community

Community Awareness and Events SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY REDESIGN FEEDBACK REQUEST  The Utah State Board of Education is requesting public (parent, student, educator, administrator, community & business members) regarding the redesign of Utah’s school accountability system. The Utah State Legislature and the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) are partnering to reexamine the state’s school accountability system.…

Occupational Therapy

The Difference Between School & Clinic-Based Occupational Therapy Supports Understanding the role of Occupational Therapy (OT) in school and in the clinic setting can be an important distinction when advocating for your students’ needs.   School-based OT practices may involve: Sensory accommodations and strategies for students in their educational settings. Some examples can include and…

Advocating with Legislators

Advocating with Your Legislators The legislature is in session from January 18 to March 4, 2022. During that time they will discuss a large number of issues, many of which affect people with disabilities and their families. Follow the steps below to get involved in advocating for issues that affect you or your loved ones. …

Birth Defects Prevention Month

Raising Awareness: Birth Defects Prevention Month January is Birth Defects Prevention month and according to the CDC, birth defects affect 1 in every 33 babies in the US. This statistic may come as a surprise, it suggests how often birth defects commonly occur in births around the nation. A birth defect is determined by the…

Finding Career Interests

Finding Career Interests Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) for students with disabilities Pre-ETS are the earliest set of services available to students with disabilities who may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services. (Students with disabilities do not need to be a Vocational Rehabilitation client to receive Pre-ETS services, but may apply for VR services at any…

Building Resiliency

Building Resiliency Teaching our children that they have some control over their lives is important for emotional wellness.  Our world is full of uncertainties, but giving your child the skill of resilience can prove to be important as they meet life challenges. Verywell Mind defines resilience as the ability to recover and rebound from challenges…

Daily Living Skills

What Are Daily Living Skills? Daily Living Skills Are:       A wide range of personal and self-care activities we use at home, in the community, school, and work       We must use these skills regularly to maintain our well-being       These skills can lead to more inclusion and integration…

Holiday Self-Care

Holiday Self-Care With the busy holiday season, parents often forget to take care of themselves. Self-care is important to keep you healthy, so you can continue to care for others. Here are some  ways to care for yourself: This downloadable PDF activity sheet can help you prepare self-care ideas to fit your needs and lifestyle…

Divorce and Special Education

Divorce and Special Education Co-parenting responsibilities apply to all types of parents, married or not, and not all parents share the same ideas about what is best for their child. Parental participation is at the heart of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and when a student has divorced parents, it is not often…

Role of a Para-Educator

Aids & Classroom Support Paraeducators have become more prominent in the educational system and are often working directly with our students in special education.  It is important to define what a paraeducator is and does. A paraeducator is an individual employed by a school district or charter to give instructional support to students at a…

Preventing Holiday Stress

Preventing Holiday Stress Are you, or a member of your family, highly susceptible to stress and feeling overwhelmed during the holiday season? As parents of children with disabilities, we are aware of the many challenges we may encounter during this time of the year. Are you or a loved one triggered by sensory stimulation, changes…

Holiday Planning Guide

Holiday Planning Guide Keep these links close by as you plan your holiday season activities around the state with friends and family. They have covered it all from tree farms, winter hay rides, Santa sightings, and much, much more! https://saltlakecity.kidsoutandabout.com/content/101-ideas-holiday-family-fun-salt-lake-city-area https://www.utahsadventurefamily.com/christmas-activities-utah-2021/ https://www.utahvalley.com/events/ https://visitcedarcity.com/events/