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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Benefits of Inclusive services for preschoolers with disabilities

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Children with disabilities who are fully included in high-quality classrooms with typically developing peers have been shown to make positive gains across nearly every developmental domain.  In addition to academic gains, they are more likely to show positive social and emotional behaviors; develop higher level social skills; engage in more advanced play; develop more advanced communication skills; and generalize skills across settings.  There are also long term benefits.  Researchers have found that high expectations can lead children with disabilities to develop more confidence, independence, and a stronger sense of self.

Typical children in inclusive classrooms have shown positive developmental and attitudinal changes from integrated experiences.  They can develop more realistic attitudes about children with disabilities, become more sensitive to their needs, and learn to appreciate individual differences at an early age.  Academically, students without special needs will have their own knowledge and self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills reinforced and enhanced by helping another child learn.  this model is called peer tutoring and is used widely in classrooms.  By teaching a concept or helping students with disabilities practice a skill, kids are given increased experiences with the material.  this strengthens their subject knowledge and gives them a better chance to achieve success.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Getting your child ready for Fall Sports Season




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Summer is usually a season reserved for relaxation, especially for school-aged children who are not yet old enough to work.  These kids, no doubt, enjoy the chance to spend summer days lounging with their friends by the pool or at the beach.  Though summer is synonymous with R&R, parents of young athletes who plan on playing sports once the school year revs up need to take steps to ensure their kids aren't at risk of injury once they blow the whistle on the sports season. 

  • Examine and replace equipment if necessary.  The right equipment can protect children from injuries.  Damaged or outdated equipment should be replaced.  Also, get those feet measured.  Kids feet grow yearly until they hit year 16 or 17 on average. 
  • Schedule a physical for your child.  It's never a bad idea to make sure your child is in top physical shape and ready for the physical toll their upcoming sport will take on their bodies.  Getting a physical will give you piece of mind that your child is physically prepared to compete.
  • Let kids heal.  Kids schedules are busier than every these days.  Many kids play multiple sports during the school year.  Summer is the time to let their bodies heal and not overdo things.  Stay is shape of course, but save something for when the games really count.
  • Gradually get back in the swing of things.  It's good to practice your sport and gradually gear up to when the games are live.  Exercising is a good way to gradually gear up.
  • Speak with coaches.  Coaches can be great assets to parents who want their kids to succeed.  Usually, the coaches and parents have joint goals.  Speak with your child's coach to determine if there is any area your son or daughter can work on over the summer to improve his or her chances of making the team.  Make sure you include your child in these decisions.  Otherwise, you risk having a sport turn into a chore for a kid.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Choosing the right summer camp for your child....nows the time




Begin planning your kids summer recreation for next summer now, while we're still in full summer camp mode this summer. 

Summer recess will be over before you know it and the school year will be back into full gear in a matter of weeks.  Make sure you're prepared for the start of next summer now while camps are in full gear.  This is a great opportunity to tour certain day camps in your area with your child to get a feel for their environment and if it's a good fit for your child.  Due to high demand, some camps only have so many slots available for campers in certain age groups.  The earlier you lock in a spot the better.  You may also receive a sizable discount when you lock in your child this year in advance of next summer. 

When getting ready for your camp search, you should be asking yourself the following questions in anticipation of the right camp for you and your child:

1. Ask for recommendations - speak with fellow parents and trusted friends about where their children go and the experiences they are having.

2. Explore all options - Camps come in more flavors than ever before.  Make sure you pick the right fit for your child's interests and needs

3. Inquire about camp schedules - While many camps are flexible, day camps do not have the same level of flexibility as after-school programs.  Arrangements for after care may need to be made

4. Determine a camp budget - As varied as program offerings may be, camps can also vary greatly with regard to cost.  Detailed questions will need to be asked about up front and ongoing costs throughout the summer.