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The Power of One Challenge

Home and Family
The numbers don't lie. They continue to tell the story of disappointment and frustration related to autistic employment. Like the sad refrain of a heart breaking melody, the weight can become unbearable if we focus only on present outcomes. The narrative is all too familiar, autistic adults just can't work in regular job environments because of various sensory challenges which preclude them from being productive. Additionally, the present story line strongly suggests communication limitations serve as an impenetrable barrier from meaningful employment and personal satisfaction. We have the choice to continue to accept the status quo - that is autistic adults are broken and limited, or embrace a future filled with hope and boundless possibilities. Personally, I choose the latter. Our legacy...

Five Tips For Better Dementia Care

Elder Care
A devastating disorder with no known cure, dementia affects more than five million people in the United States. In addition to the terrible toll it takes on its sufferers, the brain disease puts a heavy burden on caregivers. Because most dementia patients are cared for at home, it is often up to their adult children to take charge. Difficult even for medical professionals who have proper training, most primary caregivers have no idea how to proceed. With that in mind, here are five simple tips that should help.1. Don't Do It All Yourself!According to a recent survey by the Alzheimer's Association, about 40 percent of primary dementia care providers suffer from depression. If you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, ask for help ASAP! The emotional stress that comes with caring for a person ...

5 Questions to Ask Nursing Homes Before You Decide Which Is Right For Your Loved One

Elder Care
The baby boomer generation is aging, and many people are faced with the difficult decision of whether to put their parents or spouses into nursing homes, or move into one themselves. According to a recent survey by the Center for Disease Control, there are over 16,100 nursing homes in the United States, serving close to 1.5 million residents. Even if entering a managed care situation is the best choice for you or your loved ones, the quality of care at these facilities can vary greatly.Here are five questions to ask nursing homes to help you decide which facility will be the best fit for your loved one.1. Is the facility accredited and certified?There are two important certifications to look for when choosing which facility is right for your loved one. The Joint Commission on the Accredita...

My Kids Fight All the Time – Help!

Early Childhood Education
It's only ten am and your five year old is beating up his three year old brother. Again! Both children have been in time out twice, have had several lectures, and worst of all, this fight is over that ball bat that you took away from them yesterday. You told them they could get it back when they behaved themselves and would share. Well, they woke up pretty calm and co-operative but that was three hours ago. They shared the bat for about two minutes and started fighting. You are wondering how to get through this day without taking another Tylenol.Why do children fight? And why don't strategies like taking the toy away or time out or lectures ultimately work?There are many reasons why young children resort to battle.The young child lives in a world of "me, me, me." Everything is about and re...

Preschool Guidance and Education – Your Child’s First Step to Success

Early Childhood Education
Few days back, my sister came to my place along with my niece, who was hardly 3 years old. We spent some quality time together and the intellect of the toddler left me completely flabbergasted. To be frank, I misjudged her words and cleverness and thought she was a bit too matured for her age. However, I was wrong; her aptitude and brainpower was strong enough to challenge the smartness of any adult. Her answers were absolutely prompt and clear, yet she had innocence in her way of conversation. I was so astonished that I couldn't help but ask my sister the reason behind it. Was it a miracle or just an in-born talent? She said that the credit goes to her preschool teachers, who gave her the best guidance possible. Since my son was also nearing the same age and we're planning to admit him in...

Tips on Disaster Proofing Your Kids Party

Early Childhood Education
Kids parties are most popular in the kindergarten grade. It almost seems to be used as an announcement to the world. "I have arrived at big school, and you are my new friends". But kids parties unlike an adults party relies heavily on an agenda carefully planned. While you may be able to tell a group of adults to wait while you rummage for the forgotten matches to light the candles, at a kids party, this can set the scene for chaos.While organisation is vital with every minute needing to be well thought through, this is by no means the only safe guard to the successful kids party. There are many simple strategies you can put into place to ensure a smooth running. Next time planning, consider the following.1. Time. Is it school holidays or the day before or after a public holiday where peop...

Montessori Childhood Development Series: Gardening

Early Childhood Education
All of the teachers at Montessori schools enjoy working in the garden and understand the need for children to work and play in nature. One of the childhood development classes Montessori schools offer is gardening! Children participate in planting the gardens, weed picking, watering from the rain barrels, and learning the various techniques of composting. Children learn about nature while interacting and working in it personally.The goals of the gardening program for Montessori schools are to inspire children to develop a healthy relationship with not only one another, but also with the environment. Working in the garden will work to vitalize their minds and bodies through physical activity, it will expose them to the wonders of nature, and it will provide opportunities for creative and sp...

The Excellent Student: Junior High and High School

Early Childhood Education
As discussed in the previous installment, "The Excellent Student- Grade School", I would like to reiterate the fact that excellent students are created through hard work and dedication, not genes. Having Mensa DNA in your family tree certainly wouldn't hurt, but commitment and consistent effort from your student and yourself will prevail. That's right... You!Face it, raising primates isn't easy. Even if there was a good playbook, it wouldn't be a lot of help because the rules of the game keep changing. Although they take more direct care, in many ways your grade school student is easier since you are able to form good habits early. By the time they are a teenager, poor habits may have already formed or they may have developed a pre-conceived notion of their own academic ability.As professi...

O Holiday, Who Art Thou Today?

Home and Family
Generally speaking, and who speaks generally anymore these days, I am not much of a holiday fan. There seems to be a holiday every day of the week. So many holidays that I cannot keep up and quite frankly, I do not have much incentive to keep up.When I was young, I enjoyed holidays but now that I am a husband, a father, a grandfather, every holiday is billed to my account, to such an extent I cannot get out of it. I hold my wallet very tight, but evidently not tight enough. Somebody invented holidays just to sell greeting cards and make a ton of money. So, I am not a great advocate of holidays.I fondly remember as a youngster getting up Christmas morning excited about what Santa had brought me under the Christmas tree. Little did I know that my father was taking care of all the cost. How w...

Is Colic Bad for Babies?

Babies Toddler
Many family members may become upset and the family environment is stressful when a baby has colic. But what is colic? Colic is an uncontrollable crying of a healthy baby. He is considered colicky if your baby is younger than 5 months and cries for more than three hours. On the other hand, colic is not a disease and will not cause your baby any harm but colic is a tough thing to go through for babies and parents.What are the symptoms of colic?If your baby is colicky, you may notice that his cries are louder and higher pitched than his normal crying. Your baby may also show signs of a gassy tummy. You may also notice that your colicky baby clenches his fists and pulls himself up.How long does colic last?Thankfully, colic tends to peak around 6 weeks and will improve between 3 to 4 months. A...