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Activities for children with developmental disabilities? What activities would you suggest for a child with developmental disabilities?

Activities for children with developmental disabilities? What activities would you suggest for a child with developmental disabilities?

Fun things: Activities that help promote movement of the limbs, that are fun, and slightly challenging. You can ask a physical therapist and/or occupational therapist as well. They would be better informed on specific activities. ...Read more

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Is there good rehabilitation for kids with pvl to help them with motor coordination?

Is there good rehabilitation for kids with pvl to help them with motor coordination?

Good peds OT and PT: Kids with pvl are at greater risk for cerebral palsy among other neuromuscular disorders. There is excellent rehab for kids with pvl, and most of them involve repetitive movement and relearning how to make normal movements, recruiting more brain to enable the movement to happen. Good pt and ot will help with that, and most major centers have them. The local support groups will know the good names. ...Read more

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Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Executive function: Assuming you've had a thorough psychological evaluation, you might benefit from cognitive working memory training. Cogmed is a brain fitness program that is based on the concept of Neuroplasticity. Through training one can improve working memory. Helpful info is available at www.cogmed.com. There is a list of providers in your area.. ...Read more

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Tips for working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Tips for working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Patience: It's easy to be frustrated with a child who is angry, sullen, amotivated, has a drop in grades, is defiant, looks sloppy etc. Those are behaviors that might be seen in a depressed child. A bipolar child may be even more of a handful. When i work with difficult people, i just keep reminding myself that they are suffering. This allows me to feel some empathy - especially when I am losing patience. ...Read more

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What do kids with conditions like special needs such as dyslexia and speech, language difficulties get in public schools now?

What do kids with conditions like special needs such as dyslexia and speech, language difficulties get in public schools now?

Less help: We are in an epidemic of need and a crisis of lack of resources. Not just the public schools, but private schools as well just can not accommodate the need. Parents need to look to private agencies and services. However, they need to be careful to not get ripped off by false claims. Support must come from professional agencies that will determine appropriate use of limited resources. ...Read more

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Advice about working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Advice about working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Be supportive: Children with mood disorders have a lot of emotions, anxiety, sadness/depression, irritability and sometimes feel that no one cares about them. Encouraging them to do their best and showing them you care and believe in them helps them to feel safer around you and may help them to be more receptive to your instructions. Most children like to please adults and will do their best if they trust you. ...Read more

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Help for child with anxiety and reading difficulty?

Help for child with anxiety and reading difficulty?

Two different issues: Have your child undergo a comprehensive, individual psychological evaluation - it will give insight to both dilemmas. Pending the outcome of that evaluation, you may want to engage a child psychologist for therapy and a reading specialist to improve the reading deficits. ...Read more

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Is snoring linked to speech difficulties in children?

Is snoring linked to speech difficulties in children?

Snoring and Speech: Generally snoring and speech are not related. Not sure, go see an ENT to get an opinion. ...Read more

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What are some activities for improving a child's gross and fine motor skills?

What are some activities for improving a child's gross and fine motor skills?

At what age? If < 3: years, seek evaluation from your state's Child Find Program if concerned; if 3-5, from your school district's Child Find Team. If school age, you may have to pay for private OT & PT evaluations. See developmental screens & age-appropriate tips on healthy children.org, www.moveforwardpt.com/Children/Activities/Default.aspx#.VP09A0ZHbCR, therapystreetforkids.com/fm-strength.html & other sites. ...Read more

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How could persons with asperger's have good verbal skills, and yet poor social skills?

How could persons with asperger's have good verbal skills, and yet poor social skills?

Our brain receives: And processes information through various parts of the brain, e.g., the speech center is in the left hemisphere and emotionality is in an area known as the libmic system. Verbal skills are highly developed in one part and recognition of nonverbal cues from face, tone of voice, etc. Are not as well developed, thus creating some social issues. Strengths and weakness vary for everyone. ...Read more

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Why are adults with communication difficulties and issues vulnerable to abuse?

Why are adults with communication difficulties and issues vulnerable to abuse?

Cruelty: The world is full of cruel people. They will target anyone who seems weak or will not fight back. This is an unpleasant fact of life, and why poor social / communications skills can be self-perpetuating. My hope is that if you are asking about yourself or someone close to you, that you can get good guidance in overcoming whatever handicaps life may have dealt you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why might a speech language pathologist not work with a patient with autism spectrum disorder?

Why might a speech language pathologist not work with a patient with autism spectrum disorder?

Might not be needed: The only reason i can imagine they would not work with a patient on the autism spectrum is that they may feel they do not need any help or that it may not provide any additional benefit. I would ask the therapist directly their reason for not wanting to provide services. ...Read more

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How to help a kid with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder?

Proper Expert Help: Unfortunately some children are born with immaturities of the brain that may lead to both add(h) and learning disabilities. With proper help, these can generally be dealt with.Schools should provide special needs based teaching, while pediatricians and psych specialists may be able to help with other aspects such as medication and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Problems with special education teacher and program. Help please. We have few options for our child with autism?

Problems with special education teacher and program. Help please. We have few options for our child with autism?

Too little info: I sympathize, but your question is so general, it is impossible to offer a specific answer. If you think the problem truly is the teacher, speak to the principal or special educataion counselor at the school. You can request a new iep at any time, which may include looking at private school options if child not recieving adequate care. If needed, seek a lawyer specializing in this area. ...Read more

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Can kids with mild autism perform well in school?

Can kids with mild autism perform well in school?

They often can: Autism spectrum disorders are complex in terms of cognitive functioning., language, learning disorders, memory, motor and sensory disorders, executive functions, and even rarer neuropsychological factors. Even children labeled "mild" can be very different. Comprehensive neuropsychological assessment to assess these skills can be expensive, but can zero in on learning strategies and needs. ...Read more

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Can snoring in children be associated with having learning difficulties?

Can snoring in children be associated with having learning difficulties?

Snoring: Yes. Snoring in children means that they are not getting enough oxygen. This affects brain function. See an ENT to evaluate airway- tonsils, adenoids, deviated septum etc. Allergies may also play a role. ...Read more

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Does a speech and language delay effect kids in terms of pretend play?

Does a speech and language delay effect kids in terms of pretend play?

It shouldn't impact: representational play, using one environmental object to represent another.A 12-mo.-old feeds, rocks or "reads to" a doll or stuffed animal. A 16-mo.-old sets a table with play dishes or "blows out" birthday candles on a plastic cake. Use developmental screens & M-CHAT on firstsigns.org. Share results with your pediatrician & Early Intervention Program Speech/Language therapist to get an answer. ...Read more

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Can problems with communication and language impairment be treated through medicines?

Can problems with communication and language impairment be treated through medicines?

Depends: I am not sure i understand your question. But if for example a person has a problem in this area there are usually problems in the brain. Therapy is the first place to start but oftentimes like with autism meds can help too. ...Read more