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6/18/18

Autism » Autism Resource Map of Michigan Updated

 

6/10/18

Autism » Articles Added: 15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum, How to Create a Backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities, For Educators: Strategies for Working With Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Helping Asperger’s Teens To Survive and Thrive: 15 Key Steps and Creating a Home Atmosphere of Solitude to Help Cope with Adult Autism.

 

ADD/ADHD » Thriving in College with ADHD - A guide to accommodations and modification for students with ADD/ADHD.

 

5/24/18

Breaking News » MI Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission Hosting Community Forums to Gather Feedback on Action Plan - LANSING, Mich. – To gather feedback on a plan to create a lead-free Michigan, a series of public forums are being hosted by the state’s Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission (CLEEC) in May and June. The CLEEC's five-year Action Plan builds upon the work of the former Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board with 51 specific action steps to be taken to benefit the health of Michigan’s children. The action plan places a priority on the prevention of exposure before children are lead poisoned. Federal, state, local and community leaders, healthcare providers, private sector/academic experts, privacy law experts, local health departments, childcare centers and homeowners and tenants are invited to attend any of the forums to provide input on the next steps for implementation. “We are hoping to gather feedback from a wide variety of individuals on how to move forward,” said Dr. Eden Wells, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services chief medical executive and CLEEC chair. “The action plan is the state’s guide to a state free of lead exposure and I look forward to seeing the results it brings to fruition.” Forums are being offered: • Thursday, May 31, 3 – 5:30 p.m. and 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Kent County Health Department, 700 Fuller Avenue, Grand Rapids. • Wednesday, June 13, 2:30 – 5 p.m. at the Jackson County Health Department, 1715 Lansing Avenue, Jackson. • Monday, June 25, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Wayne County Community College’s Downtown Campus, 1001 West Fort Street, Detroit. • Wednesday, July 18, 4 – 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Health Department, 2600 Lafranier Road, Traverse City. Additional forums may be scheduled in other areas of the state. For a full listing of forums, visit www.Michigan.gov/leadcommission. Download the flyer here (PDF).

 

5/23/18

Learning Disabilities » ChildMind.org - a comprehensive site providing information on mental disorders and learning disabilities

 

4/27/18

General Ed Reform » Once At Rock Bottom, This Northern Michigan Elementary Now Produces Stars - By almost any indicator, the students at Kenwood Elementary in Cadillac should be poor readers. Almost 3/4 of Kenwood students are economically disadvantaged, in a state that ranks 44th in the nation in low-income 4th grade reading skills. More than 9/10 of students at the school are white; Michigan’s poor, white students rank a dismal 49th in 4th rade reading, ahead of only Alaska. Yet these low-income students are reading all-stars, meeting Michigan’s 4th grade reading standards at double the rate of poor students elsewhere in the state.

 

Autism » Do It Yourself Weighted Blanket from The Friendship Circle

 

Summer Camp » Grace Adventures Summer Camp - Grace Adventures has been providing Summer Camp experiences for kids ages 7-17 for over 50 Years on our campus next to the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Our mission is to Impact People With Jesus Christ and we get the chance to serve thousands of youth, adults, and families each through our various ministries.

 

4/5/18

Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia » Children with Convergence Insufficiency are sometimes diagnosed with Learning Disorders or Dyslexia Overview (from the Mayo Clinic) (Also see Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia)

 

Sensory Intergration Dysfunction (SID) » Sensory Therapy Playbox: Designed by a mom who is an occupational therapist, this great idea brings a box of new sensory toys and experiences to your child each month. “Wonderful items to help your child self regulate...or simply for fun therapeutic play!”

 

4/4/18

Breaking News » Detroit Might Create Special Schools for Students with Special Needs

 

3/27/18

Home Schooling and Help4Teachers » Games for Learning from MIT: Playful Approaches For Building Cognitive Skills and Exploring Science and Math - Games play an important role in the learning process: they provide a safe, creative environment in which children learn to experiment, collaborate and problem-solve. We work with educators to make sure our games tie into their math and science curriculums. The games we develop can be played on computers or mobile devices, and are used both inside and outside the classroom.

 

2/1/18

Breaking News » Games for Learning from MIT: Playful Approaches For Building Cognitive Skills and Exploring Science and Math - Games play an important role in the learning process: they provide a safe, creative environment in which children learn to experiment, collaborate and problem-solve. We work with educators to make sure our games tie into their math and science curriculums. The games we develop can be played on computers or mobile devices, and are used both inside and outside the classroom.

 

Breaking News » Featured Resource: Khan Academy - You can learn anything. For free. For everyone. Forever.

 

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