National Employment Awareness

National Employment Awareness Month In 1945, Congress established the first week of October as the Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. In 1998 the word “physically” was removed and the name was changed to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Nowadays, the month of October commemorates the contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy.…

Reading Challenges

Introduction to Dyslexia The Mayo Clinic characterizes Dyslexia as a learning disorder that involves reading difficulty due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Dyslexia affects people differently, so symptoms may not look the same person to person. Dyslexia does not only affect a child’s educational skills,…

Trusting Partnerships with Professionals

Trusting Partnerships with Professionals Trust between parents and educational professionals is crucial in developing effective partnerships. Fear, difference in values, inaccurate or false information and the feeling of betrayal are some of the barriers to trust that can develop in a team relationship.  Learn how to promote trusting relationships with those in your life by…

Section 504 and Your Student

The Section 504 Plan School can be a stressful environment for your child and can also be a time of vulnerability. Appropriate accommodations and modifications can reduce stress and assist in achieving and maintaining educational success. As a parent, you are your child’s greatest advocate, supporter, and cheerleader.  Become knowledgeable regarding educational laws, services, and…

Compassionate Communication

“When you give other people the gift of your attention and empathy, it makes them feel understood and they become more open to hearing what’s on your mind.”  Dr. Michael Nichols Compassionate Communication Research shows that the more our brain is stimulated, the more our neuronal neuralconnections grow through loving interactions with others. So, if we can engage our children…

Suicide Prevention Month

National Suicide Prevention Month All month long professionals, community advocates, and survivors come together to bring awareness to shift public perception of suicide and spread hope and information to those affected by it. Awareness is also important as our children go back to school amid a pandemic, mental health and behavioral challenges may be more…

School Avoidance and Refusal

Reasons Why Your Child May be Refusing to Attend School Transitioning back to school after the summer break can be challenging for families, as some parents may be faced with their students refusing to return or even stay at school due to emotional stressors. Recognizing common warning signs and responding quickly is crucial as the…

Benefits of Household Chores

How Household Chores Benefit Youth Performing household chores helps children of all ages and abilities learn important skills and builds self-worth and character.  Research suggests that a child as young as 3 years old can begin these important steps to building future life skills. Teaching these skills may take time and patience on your part,…

Person-Centered Planning

Person-Centered Planning Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is a way of planning services and supports to help a child, youth, or adult with disabilities achieve their goals and get the life they want for themselves. PCP considers the person as the expert of their life, interests, and talents. It places them at the center of the planning…

Legacy Building

Thoughtful Legacy Building As parents, we will pass on some kind of inheritance to our families. However, that type of inheritance is up to you.  Leaving a legacy for our children is much more than a financial product.  Crafting a legacy rich in memories for our children and teaching independence for our children with or…

Back to School Readiness Tips

Preparing for Back to School As the countdown to going back to school begins, our “To Do” list may get a little longer with last-minute vacations, end-of-summer activities, and preparing for back to school. With so many things to do and the countdown clock ticking, check out our links below giving you and your family…

The American Rescue Plan

More Healthcare Options for Families On March 11, 2021, Congress signed The American Rescue Plan, or ARP,  into law. This is a COVID-relief package created to support Americans impacted by the pandemic by making health care more affordable and accessible.  ARP allows some families to get more reduced monthly premiums as outlined below: ACA/Obamacare: There…