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The DreamyKid meditation app offers meditation, guided visualization and affirmations curated just for children & teens. It uses proven techniques that teach your kids methods to guide them towards a happier life through mindfulness. From issue-based and general meditations/guided visualizations to affirmations, we will be adding new programs every month.
This is a really cool app. My son loves knowing his schedule and I think this will be a great tool to help.
First Then Visual Schedule
First-Then visual schedule application is designed for caregivers to provide positive behavior support. For individuals with communication needs, developmental delays, Autism or those who benefit from a structured environment; visual schedules serve to increase independence and lower anxiety during transitions through different activities.
With August almost here, we found a few websites that offer educational ways to keep our kids learning and having fun.
Many of these sites are geared for kids with special needs. I have used a few with our son, but learned of some other great options while looking into this, please feel free to share any feedback or sites that we may have overlooked.
This month we are highlighting books for dads by dads with special needs children. I got book #3 for my husband a few years ago, and he loved it.
Our Spring break vacation was a really special one. We traveled to St Thomas USVI, the Island I grew up from ages 3-15. It was the first time I was going back and would be sharing the Island with my kids and husband. In addition, friends I have not seen in years would be there to help me get reacquainted with the place that use to be home.
A Different Beautiful: Discovering and Celebrating Beauty in Places You Never Expected by Courtney Westlake
When Courtney Westlake’s family was given the shocking news that their daughter, Brenna, was born in 2011 with a severe, life-threatening skin disorder, they began to discover a new and different beautiful in their lives–one that values extraordinary differences and appreciates the wonderful sameness found in humanity. In A Different Beautiful, Courtney explores what her family has discovered in raising a child with physical differences and what she has learned about true beauty. Through her personal insights and experiences, Courtney shares how you, too, can learn to find and celebrate God’s version of beautiful in your life, especially within our differences and struggles.
Books for Autism Awareness Month
My Friend with Autism by Beverly Bishop (Author), Craig Bishop (Illustrator)
My Friend with Autism is the incredible result of parent Beverly Bishop’s determination to educate her son’s classmates about autism, thus helping her son fit in at school. A peer narrator explains that his friend with autism is good at some things and not so good at others—just like everyone else! In an informative, positive tone, he addresses issues such as: Sensory Sensitivity, Communication Differences, Unique Ways of Playing, and Insistence on Routine.