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Bridges of Possibilities, LLC provides a vast selection of resources for parents, caregivers, teachers and healthcare providers as it relates to children with special needs.







August/September 2017 

Volume 1, Issue

What’s the Scoop? Newsletter

Back to School

Now that summer break is almost over, many parents of children with special needs have a new set of concerns. Along with a new school year comes change. For parents of children with special needs, a new school year can create more anxiety for the student as well as the parent. The idea of a new teacher, new classroom and new students can be frightening.


There are many things that can be implemented in order to insure success! Let’s take a look!


Tips & Tidbits


Establish a routine prior to school starting.


Visit your child’s school and teacher prior to the first day if possible.


Review your child’s IEP and write down any questions you may have.


Provide information about successful strategies utilized for positive outcomes.

What’s for lunch?

Eating lunch at school can be extremely difficult for picky eaters. The selection of foods prepared for lunch may not be tolerable for a child with sensory based issues related to food. It is important to retrieve a copy of the school lunch menu and review to determine if your child will eat the foods listed. Also, bringing a lunch from home may be a great way to ensure a successful lunch.

Did someone say recess!

Recess can be a difficult time for children with special needs. Many factors may inhibit their ability to engage in play. Factors may include but not limited to sensory related issues, sound/light sensitivity and impaired social skills. Recess can be a great way to build social skills; however, it can also create a sense of overload. It is important that supervisors are aware of any sensory issues that may trigger behaviors or melt downs during recess. If you are unsure if strategies for recess are included in your child’s IEP, please discuss with your child’s teacher.

Healthy Tips!

  • Update immunizations

  • Update physicals, vision/hearing exams

  • Choose healthy snacks

  • Back pack safety-Back packs should not weigh more than 10-20% of your child’s weight

  • Schedule consistent homework times. Create a homework friendly environment.
 

What’s the Scoop Newsletter Page 2

Upcoming August Events

  • Eye Health and Safety Month

  • AMC Theatres- Monthly Sensory Friendly Films. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! Check out your local AMC theatre

Question to the editor!

  1. How can I find out the level of experience/specialized training of those individuals that will be working with my child?

B. Parents have the right to know the level of experience of those working with their child. IEP meetings and conferencing with teachers prior is beneficial. Together, parents and teachers of special needs student are the key in creating pathways to school success.

  • This Week’s Highlights

Talk to your child’s teacher about classroom rules and routines!


Express concerns that you may have regarding communication and academics!


Express your willingness and availability to help within the classroom/fieldtrips!


Become familiar with the school programs and resources available.

Contact the editor!

8368 Louisiana Street


Merrillville, Indiana 46410


(219) 525-4973-Phone


(219)648-2916-Fax

 
 
 
 


Sensory Integration, "Now That Makes Sense!"


This books shares knowledge, experiences and observations along with parent collaboration to provide helpful hints for parents of children with sensory issues. Contains useful tools including a questionnaire, behavior log and journal entry section to document information as it relates to your child. Visit our web store and order your copy today!

Featured Events

During the 2015 Young Child Expo in New York, I had the pleasure of meeting keynote speaker, Temple Grandin! She is one of the world's most accomplished and well-known adults with Autism.  Her story and accomplishments are amazing. She gives hope to those individuals that are on the spectrum.  Her very own testimony speaks volume on Autism and it's impact on her life.


According to CDC, Autism affects 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Resources

 
 
 

Autism Speaks

National Down Syndrome Society

Kozie Clothes

 
 

March of Dimes

InSource

AMC Theatres

 

Sensory Kids Store