Orientation at Oakhill Academy…….ONLY THE BEST FOR MY ASHTON! His future is my life! 

 Listen to what parents think about our school Orientation was awesome! Oakhill academy was a true Blessing for  my Ashton. This will be our 2nd year and I can’t say enough about the staff at this fabulous school and how we where treated. There are some families that move to Dallas just so there kids can come to this school. That explains Oakhill! Click here to tour our school! 

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Use these calming sensory strategies to lessen. the stress of the school day for anxiety-prone youngsters:
Designate a Quiet Space


Here, students can regroup and calm themselves down. Your quiet space can be as simple as a corner with a beanbag chair or a desk with a partition for privacy.
* A quiet space limits auditory, visual and other input. Provide students with a clear way of indicating when they need to use it. You can use a sign-up sheet or a laminated card that children can hand you.
Use the Tactile System
Fill a tactile bin with sand or dry rice or beans and let students run their hands through it. Applying deep pressure with a weighted blanket or stuffed animal also provides calming sensory input.
Oral Sensory Input can be Helpful
For many children, chewing provides calming oral sensory and proprioceptive input. Try chewy snacks, such as bagels or even gum.


* Chewigem USA has a variety of products for kids who need to chew. They include pendants and bangles which look like real jewelry.
* Sucking on a thick smoothie through a straw also may prove effective.
Try Auditory or Visual Input
Children may become overstimulated by audio or visual input, so you need to either quiet things down or dim the lights!
* Auditory strategies include using a quiet voice to get children’s attention. Also have a way to monitor classroom sound, such as a noise meter. Or, play white noise while students are working. This blocks out sounds such as chairs scraping the floor, which may be disturbing for some students. You can use these for the whole room, or only for individual students, via headphones.
* Sometimes visual input can simply be too much. Simply dimming the lights is an easy solution. It’s also important to limit other visual distractions. You may need to clear students’ desks, have them work in study carrels, or use visual dividers.
Vestibular Input can help a Child Reset
Repetitive, rhythmic input including rocking, swaying or gentle swinging can be very calming. Consider adding a rocking chair or two to your room, or have a large exercise ball handy.
Namaste!
Having children move slowly through a yoga sequence can provide calming stimulation to their vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile systems. Be sure to include calming breathing techniques.
Fine Motor Tasks can be a Great Start to the Day
When students first arrive at school, it can be beneficial for them to complete one or two quiet, independent activities to avoid their becoming overstimulated right from the start. Try having children string beads or perform pompom, fine motor sorting, file folder or fine motor learningtasks.
Combine Your Best Ideas
When it comes to finding the best solutions for each individual student, allow for some experimentation and trial and error. Often, you can combine two or more strategies; for instance, have children:
* Play in the tactile bin while listening to white noise or quiet music on headphones.
* Sit with a weighted blanket while looking at sensory bottles.
* Chew a snack while working on a calming fine motor skill.

Auditory Processing disorder…………WHY AM I CRYING? 

Will my child ever speak well? Will he ever communicate properly? 

If you are unsure about what auditory processing  disorders are I’m adding a link here http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/Understanding-Auditory-Processing-Disorders-in-Children/ this should help you understand more to help you understand your child just as I’m learning myself after 3/12 years this is more added therapy. It’s like it never ends but there’s nothing I will not do for my babies just as you must feel if your reading my blog.

 Research after research after research.  If your reading this and you have a child that maybe experiencing this please share with me the best approach to take because I’m confused on if ABA THERAPY is a right choice for my child. Sometimes I’m not sure if I’m making the right choices because I feel so alone in my research journey.

Just how effective is the flu shot?

 
The influenza virus changes from year to year, and consequently the vaccine must change as well to keep up. This means that experts need to study vaccination effectiveness every year to be able to tell how well the immunization programs are working. We suspect that most parents do not know what the actual effectiveness is from year to year. And chances are good that they don’t know the kind of flu shots their children receive either at the doctor’s office or the local pharmacy. That could be crucial information as the article below points out. 

This is something we as parents really need to think about and do research on before we allow someone to put this stuff in our kids body. 
Overall Effectiveness: 41%
According to our calculations that means the average annual vaccine effectiveness over the last 13 years is right around 41%. We find that less than reassuring. It means that more than half the time flu shots don’t work. We wonder whether most people who sign up (and pay for) flu shots realize that their odds of being protected are less than 50:50 in most years.
Stories from Readers:

What does that mean in practical terms. We find it helpful to share stories from readers to put the stats into human context.
Helen in Illinois was not protected in 2016:
“I got my flu shot as I do every year. I got sick, was hospitalized for 2 days with a diagnosis of a deep, painful cough, dehydration, low potassium, low oxygen, Influenza A and pneumonia. I was also hurting for several days from the shot. Yes, the CDC messed up this year with their vaccines. Hope it doesn’t happen next year. I can’t afford to get sick, I have a loved one to care for.”

Tessa in Massachusetts reported on her child’s experience:

My 5-year-old daughter got a flu shot and now she can’t fall asleep because she says her armpit hurts. I decided to search online for a connection between this pain and the flu shot, and I’ve come across a few websites like this one.

“I am really upset by this. Last year when she got the flu shot she was sick with flu-like symptoms for a week. I chalked it up to a coincidence, but now I’m not thinking so and I wish I had followed my gut and not let her get it again this year!
“She says it hurts and nothing helps. She keeps begging me to ‘find something to fix it’ so she can sleep.”

Melanie in Oregon also had a painful armpit:
“My first negative reaction to flu vaccine happened last week when my husband and I got our flu shots at a local pharmacy. I awoke with a swollen lymph node under my left arm which was very painful and restricted my arm movements.

“Over the next few days, the swelling decreased and the pain lessened leaving a ‘palm size’ swollen arm pit but range of motion increased and each day it is better. When I read others’ negative reactions to this year’s vaccine, I feel fortunate to have a much lesser result. I hope this vaccine at least protects against the FLU. What a concept! Prayers for those recovering from the vaccine itself.”

The Bottom Line from The People’s Pharmacy:

We certainly hope that this year’s flu shots are more effective than they have been in the past. We are not holding our breath, however. Based on the article in the New England Journal of Medicine we would probably discourage use of the live attenuated flu shots in kids. Here is the conclusion from the Journal article:
“During the 2015-2016 influenza season, the quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine was found to be ineffective against A(H1N1)pdm09 in children, whereas there was substantial effectiveness of the inactivated influenza vaccine… Although the quadrivalent live attenuated vaccine remains licensed in the United States, the ACIP [Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices] did not recommend this vaccine for the 2016-2017 influenza season.”

I’m sure a lot of parents can relate to this ……..

10 things a autism parent wish you knew! 

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Kristi Campbell is a semi-lapsed career woman with about 18 years of marketing experience in a variety of national and global technology companies. While she does work part-time, her passion is writing and drawing stupid-looking pictures for her blog Finding Ninee, focused on finding humor and support for her special needs son.

10 things You Shouldn't say around a autism child
Autism parents and there child
The word autism entered my heart as a whisper. It later entered my brain as a possibility. Later still, it entered my life. I think I knew, long before I knew.

Statement by autism mom with answers: WOW! I feel the same way she did. The statement she made “I KNEW LONG BEFORE I KNEW”

I worried, bought a book on autism, devoured it, and then felt like that must not be what my son has. He was nothing like the boy in the book. Nothing. ”Maybe,” I thought, “he just has a language delay.”

I waited for him to start speaking more. For him to start playing in the way that he was supposed to play. He did play though, unlike the boy in the book, so certainly, his issues were different. Less “severe?”

Never mind that he had an egg-sized bruise on his forehead for six weeks at the age of 18 months from banging his head on the floor. As quickly as that behavior started, it went away. I stopped worrying about it. I mean, it no longer existed. Sure, he ran laps around the house. But only when he was tired. Don’t all kids do that? Don’t they all twirl their hair, around and around and around, while drinking a bottle?

I’ve mentioned before that parents and friends assured us that Tucker would catch up, and that his delays were likely due to me being at home with him as a baby.

They were wrong.

I was wrong.

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I remember one day, when I looked at my son and with a fearful, time-stopping heart, I wondered whether he was deaf. He wasn’t responding to me that day. Then, I gave him a little at-home test, and he responded. I let myself believe that everything was fine. What did I know? I had no other child in the house to compare him to. He loves to snuggle, and, from what I’d read, autistic children do not. He looks at me in the eyes. Deeply. With meaning and intent. I’d already learned from Dr. Google that children with autism don’t make eye contact…

Here. Four years later. Does Tucker look like anything other than a little boy having fun in the snow?

Autism doesn’t look like anything but the way it looks. It doesn’t look like Rain Man. It doesn’t always include hand-flapping, rocking, or issues with language. Sometimes, it does. But, sometimes, it doesn’t.

Last night, I reached out to my IRL PAC tribe.

I asked them what they wish the world knew about autism and special needs, and have put the below list together based on their feedback.

10 Things Special Needs and Autism Parents Wish You Knew:

People don’t need to feel awkward when they’re around my son. Yeah, they may need to treat him a little differently, but I wish they wouldn’t be weirded out.
Not all autism is the same.
People seem to think that because my son isn’t like the one single other person they know on the spectrum, that he must not be autistic.
These kids love. They need love. They are wonderful and bring enormous joy and laughter to those who love them.
Knowing one child with autism doesn’t mean anything really – they’re all so different. Please don’t tell me my son doesn’t have it because he looks so different from the other kid you know on the spectrum.
Kids with special needs are smart. Talented. Creative, and thoughtful. It may not be obvious all the time – their minds work differently.
If my daughter is making strange noises, feel free to look. She’s just making them because she’s excited. Please don’t stand there and gape at us with your mouth hanging open.
If you see my son in a grocery store, he may be head nuzzling, chewing on the corner of his shirt, or spinning. He’s anxious. I will not scold him, so please do not look at me as if I should. He can’t help how his body receives stimuli. He is trying to cope with the way his body is affected by his surroundings.
From onlookers who think I am not addressing my child’s odd behaviors: I ask for a little empathy. Don’t judge. Try to understand that his environment strongly affects him.
Please accept our kids the way that you assume we will accept yours.
I think I’m speaking for all of us when I say that what we really want you to know, what we’re screaming out loud, is that we, as mothers, are both terrified and brave.

Just like you.

That while our children may act differently from what you’re familiar with, they are our normals. That they’re full of emotion, fierce love, tender hearts, and hope.

Hope.

Our special needs kids are here, on purpose, and OutLoud.

Even when they’re silent.

Statement by autism mom with answers:

I feel I can relate to this story in so many ways it touch my heart and Break  my heart all at the same time.  I’m writing this blog in hopes to help the world understand that autism come in so many different colors, so many behaviors and much much more! I know, I didn’t realize all this prior to my own child’s differences. It all surprised me

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SOCIAL SKILLS TRAINING TO MAKE NOTE OF:
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Social skills training:  Teaching social skills (e.g., how to start and end a conversation, appropriate things to talk about, how to read other people’s ‘cues’) may mean someone with Aspergers feels more confident and doesn’t need to rely on talking about particular subjects (e.g., a special interest).

I LOVE LOVE THE WONKIDO VIDEOS!

This is one of the best things I have found to help my child with social issues. Thanks to a parent just like all of us . If you reading my blog it’s because you you have a child on the autism spectrum or you or someone you love is on the spectrum themselves. The author of this video has a child on the spectrum and found that these videos helped her child with so many things.  This gave me drive to keep in going after looking at the videos. Playing with friends is a tear jerker for most moms while at the park. We as parents must take initiative to help our children with social issues. Although most don’t think this is important for our children. It is a important part of our kids life. We must prepare our kids for there future. Do not allow what others say to determine what you teach your own kids! Please think about there future! I can not stress this enough. Check out this cute little video. I think most adults should watch it for themselves lol 😂

 

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