My husband and I were stunned after our son’s diagnosis. We didn’t know anything about autism. Our only frame of reference was a movie we had seen years earlier, “Rain Man.” The doctor was not helpful and didn’t give us any information regarding therapies or what we could do to help our son. Maybe he didn’t have access to that information or maybe he thought we wouldn’t hear anything else because we were still in a state of shock. He did give us the phone number to the Autism Society Central VA (ASCV). Family and friends tried to encourage us, but no one knew how to help us. When I made that phone call to the ASCV, it felt like someone had thrown me a lifeline. Finally, I had someone who understood what I was going through, another parent just like me.
Engineering For Kids…Inspiring the next generation of engineers! This says it all and it is exactly why Dara Dawson and Sara Butler decided to leave their middles school classrooms to pursue a new path for engaging young people in learning. As co-owners of the Central Virginia Engineering For Kids location, Dara and Sara are veteran educators with experience teaching children from pre-school through middle school. Engineering For Kids is the perfect pairing of innovative ideas and hands-on STEM activities for children in pre-school through middles school.
This month, we are highlighting my “why” . This is our son Marky. I was going to prompt him and tell him what to say and to share that he was Autistic, then , I changed my mind.
I asked him to introduce himself to the camera so all of our friends could meet him
This is what he had to say:
Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun.
The goal of the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician is to synthesize information from multiple sources (schools, families, other medical professionals) to provide a comprehensive assessment, ongoing treatment, and follow-up for a variety of conditions related to child development.
People with disabilities spend significantly less time socializing and participating in leisure activities than people without disabilities (Kessler Foundation and National Organization on Disability, 2010). This sentiment is echoed by parents of children with disabilities (Myers, Mackintosh, & Goin-Kochel, 2009, p. 680) and is the focus of policy emphasizing children’s learning within natural routines and environments (Woods, Wilcox, Friedman, & Murch, 2011). This focus led to a community engagement partnership between the Children’s Museum of Richmond (CMoR) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Department of Occupational Therapy.
As ADHD becomes a hot topic in the real world and online, many people are beginning to discover that females and ADD is an often overlooked problem. The main reason that females and ADD isn’t front and center starts with one particular difference. Many doctors, psychologists, therapists and doctors are in agreement that the “H”, the hyperactivity component is absent majority of the time. It’s a double edged sword, for several reasons.
Robin McCallister, an ASHA certified speech/language pathologist and social cognitive specialist joined forces with Tracy Scott, an ABA specialist to form Autastic Avenues in 2013. Together, Robin and Tracy have 50 years of experience working with children with special needs participate more efficiently in their life opportunities.
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Many families with a special needs child or grandchild either have simple wills in place providing for the child to receive property and assets upon death, have named the special needs child as a beneficiary of their life insurance policies and retirement accounts, or perhaps have no will at all. This can be a costly mistake. If you have a child, whether a minor or adult, who is unable to provide for themselves or is incapable of making financial decisions due to mental or physical incapacities and you do not have a trust for that child in place upon your death, it may be necessary to appoint a guardian and/or conservator over your child and his estate, which can be a lengthy and expensive court proceeding. Also, if your child is receiving public assistance such as SSI or Medicaid when he inherits assets, this can make your child ineligible to receive those benefits or may prevent him from qualifying for such programs in the future. Government benefits generally provide for only bare necessities and while you most likely want to leave money for your child that would allow him to enjoy a richer quality of life, doing so can make him ineligible for those benefits. A properly drafted Special Needs Trust (also known as a Supplemental Needs Trust) can be established either during your lifetime or by your will upon your death which can allow your child to continue to receive public assistance while still having access to money from your estate to be used for supplemental and extra care that is not provided by the government. An attorney knowledgable in this area can advise you on how best to provide for your child upon your death and can draft a Special Needs Trust for your child which can allow your child to receive money for his benefit while preserving his benefits from needs-based government programs. Contemplating no longer being around to care for your children is always a difficult thing to think about; however it is made much more difficult when you have a child who you know will need long-term care after your death. Knowing that you have provided protection for your special needs child after your passing can give your family great peace of mind.