I love families with special needs!

My adopted twin sons were born with Fetal Alcohol Disorder and were later diagnosed with autism and developmental delays. They are now 22 years old and thriving! On this page I share what I’ve learned over the years about rearing and homeschooling children with special needs as well as some helpful links. If you have questions, feel free to contact me!

Links

About Autism

Sensory Integration

The Culture of Autism

FREE Communication Info

The Out of Sync Child (Book)

Joni and Friends Family Retreats (Highly Recommended)

Social Stories

Signing Exact English

Picture Exchange Communication System

Graphic 1 Placemat

Communication placement to help teach your child how to communicate during meal time. Child points to the picture to indicate their needs. Click to enlarge and print or make your own!

Links for Teachers

The Teacher’s Success Guide for Special Needs Students

Teaching Students with Special Needs

Teaching Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbances

Don’t Give Up: Great Lessons for Kids

Disability.gov: Find Information on Education, Health, Benefits, and more

5 Important Reasons Why Your Child Needs Routine to Succeed

PBS Parents: Communication Strategies for Children with Learning Disabilities

Create Your Own Anti-Anxiety Kit for Children

5 Ways for Teachers to Help Students with Special Needs

Adapting the Childcare Environment for Children with Special Needs

More Disability Resources:

Routines and Children with Disabilities

Beneficial Activities for Kids with Special Needs

The Ultimate Guide to Flying with Autistic Children

Medicare Disability: Enrollment for disabled Americans

Homeschooling and Special Needs Children

College Assistance Guide for People with ADHD

Disability.gov’s Guide for Family Caregivers

How Caregivers Can Take Better Care of Themselves

Obesity and Children with Special Needs

A Safety Guide for Disabled Pedestrians

A New Savings Plan for the Disabled

A Guide for Disabled Homebuyers

Financial Assistance for Accessibility Home Repairs and Modifications

Home Accessibility Costs

Protect the Rights of TBI Children: A Guide for Parents

7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design

Disability Accommodation Cost Guide

Home Modifications to Promote Independent Living

Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide

Home Safety for People with Disabilities

Guide to Traveling for the Disabled

Disability.gov’s Guide to Transportation

Parents Guide To First Aid

Physical Activity Among People with Disabilities

Swimming Pool Lifts and the ADA Lift Law

Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tips

Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities

A Guide to Moving for the Disabled

Disability.gov’s Guide to Transportation

 

Develop a P.A.L.S. program at your church

Parents who have children with disabilities yearn for fellowship with adults as all parents do. But often, because their child’s disability is misunderstood, it’s not possible for their child to attend classes with their own age-mates so their parents to worship with the adults.
I developed the P.A.L.S. program to help families attend church together. Click below for more information.

(PALS handbook coming soon!)