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/

Organizational Apps

Organizational Apps Everyone can benefit from learning the skill of organization.  Organizing can help students learn how to prioritize activities,  set and achieve goals, and can also reduce stress and anxiety. For our students in special education, the skill of organization can be especially hard due to their disabilities. Today’s technology has made the task…

Community Event

A Special Complimentary Show of The Music Man Each year, Northridge High School’s drama production has a dedicated evening called “Brandon’s Night” in honor of Brandon, who is the nephew of the drama director. This special production night is complimentary for families with a child with special needs. We hope to see you there!

More About Dual Diagnosis

Explanation of Dual Diagnosis Dual Diagnosis is having an Intellectual/Developmental Disability (IDD) AND a Mental Health Disorder. Sometimes a mental health challenge comes that is not necessarily connected to the disability. However, it is helpful to know if the mental health concern is connected to the disability. Whatever the reason for the co-occurrence, we still…

crisis plans at school

Why a School Crisis Plan May be Necessary A crisis plan is an action plan that is used when a student is at risk of harming themselves or others. These plans are developed by the student’s IEP team. If the student does not have an IEP, a school team knowledgeable about the student can also…

ID college options

Intellectual Disabilities & College Options College is an option for many individuals with disabilities if they have a desire to attend. Each university has a disability office to support students.  These supports may be necessary to help certain students access their education . Students should advocate for their needs by communicating with school administrators what…

A Time for Giving

Opportunities to Give UPC Giving Tree During this Christmas season, many families with disabilities are burdened by the cost of special healthcare needs and worry about how they will be able to make it through the holidays. This year, feel the joy and true spirit of Christmas by giving gifts to a child with a…