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Importance of Positive Self-Talk For Children with Disabilities

Self-talk is the endless stream of thoughts that take place inside of our heads. The fact is we talk to ourselves all the time. According to Jurgen Ruesch and Gregory Bateson authors of, “Communication: The Social Matrix of Psychiatry,” we engage in something they call intrapersonal communication all the time. It can take many forms such as day-dreaming, speaking out loud, and internal monologues that take place

Physical Activity-Based Play at Risk Particularly for Children with Special Need …

According to researchers like Dr. Joe L. Frost, traditional children’s play is seriously at risk. Schools have abandoned recess and replaced it with programs that are suppose to help children do well in the high-stakes testing demanded by states and the national government alike. Dr. Frost’s article for the Journal of Play entitled, “How Adults Enhance or Mess Up Children’s Play,” asserts, “The loss of free recess play, physical

Obesity an Important Issue For Children with Disabilities

Childhood obesity is a growing problem. That’s why it’s so important for children to get proper exercise and make time to play, especially special needs children. Below are ideas to keep children with disabilities active and healthy. According to a Fact Sheet published by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Disability and Human Development College of Applied Health Sciences, children with disabilities are at a

Discovering your Child’s Interests through the Art of Attentive Listening

Have you ever witnessed a person being asked what they are interested in and watched them struggle for an answer? Some people have never really asked themselves what captures and holds their interest. Interest is a precursor to passion and enthusiasm that can lead to new skills, new ideas and new accomplishments. Identifying a child with disabilities’ interests can provide parents, therapists, teachers and family with a

Play is Food for the Brain and Helps Children with Cognitive Delays

The brain is an organ and a pretty hard working one at that. It is often referred to as a muscle because it needs to be exercised, stretched and developed to reach its full potential. For children with cognitive delays, their brains need to be given situations rich in opportunities. Play experiences are an excellent way to get a young child’s cranial area growing, learning and

Self-esteem through Toys For Children with Special Needs

Kids love toys. They are fun, they are entertaining and they open and fuel creativity and imagination. These are just a few of the reasons children love to play. What children do not know is that within those games, hidden in the building blocks, spinning tops and jump ropes is another benefit they cannot see and are unaware of. The ability to fuel not just their

Not for Profit, AblePlay, Helps Parents Find Special Needs Bikes

Learning to ride a bike is a memorable part of childhood, but according to a new study it’s an experience that most children with special needs don’t get to take part in. According to a study at the University of Michigan, “Less than 20 percent of kids with autism—and just 10 percent of those with Down’s Syndrome—learn to ride a bike.” Part of the reason for this is that most children’s bicycles

Having a ‘Ball’ Leads to Fun for Children with Special Needs

The Lekotek Ambassadors, a group of young professionals in Chicago who fundraise for the National Lekotek Center are hosting a Ball at the Metropolitan Club. The event, entitled Soaring Above the Skyline, will take place on Friday, October 21, on the 66th floor of Willis Towers above Chicago’s incredible skyline. Dining and dancing along with live music, artisan cocktails and the thrill of a luxurious silent auction will

Children's Health Study Proves The True Value of Play

It may surprise parents to learn that the benefits of play could extend beyond fun and games. According to Pediatrics in Review, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, play “offers children important developmental benefits and parents the opportunity to fully engage with their children.” Indeed, research continues to reveal that playtime helps build social and critical thinking skills in children, and that it may help with

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