Category Archives: Assitive Technology

Don’t Over-Think! Just Do It!

With J’s ‘improvements’ rapidly sliding down hill with the more time that passes between his last IVIG treatment and the present, we’re headed back down the road of massive meltdowns. Some of these are from our own doing. Case in point: We headed to a local large store for FREE Santa photos. We left early…

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What to do?

I have a few issues, just like everyone else. However, my current giant flaw is my inability to be mean. Seriously, I’m totally a “tell it like it is” kinda girl, but I can usually say it with as much grace as I can muster. I don’t like to hurt people’s feelings or make them…

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New year to begin…

I know what your thinking…NEW SCHOOL YEAR?   How many days till school starts???  I have a friend that started counting the minute summer started.  I enjoy our homeschooling time together.  I love the beginning of a new year…the goals for the year, the dreams of what you want to work on, the reality of what…

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iPod Touch and iPad Apps for Special Needs

In my last post I mentioned how we use an iPod Touch to help Peanut communicate.  Dana, a speech pathologist, asked me what apps we have found useful in helping Peanut with her communication.  We have found a few apps that we like, but I thought it would be fun to see what everyone else…

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The Lost Voice

This morning when I dropped Peanut off for school I realized I didn’t have her iPod Touch.  She uses her iPod touch to communicate at school and over the last several months it has been a great way for her to participate in class.  This isn’t the first time I have not had her “voice”…

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learning…

Learning…I’ve not written about homeschooling yet so I thought maybe this would be a good time.  Homeschooling isn’t so typical for us, we have many challenges to get over.  We do use therapies as part of our daily routine (even if we are still on sabbatical from professional therapies at our local hospital).  We do…

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Boardmaker Studio: Review and GIVEAWAY!

Patrick Blair is the winner! There’s a FRESH spin on a Familiar Favorite in town! Boardmaker Studio! For more than 26 years, Mayer-Johnson has been committed to helping educators, speech-language pathologists, related professionals and parents make a connection with their students. Boardmaker uses PCS (Picture Communication Symbols) to help your child learn communication skills Parker’s…

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iPad for Autism: Selecting the best apps

“The iPad wasn’t designed with autistic children in mind, but, anecdotally, the results are seemingly miraculous,” say’s well known technology bloggers (and Apple Critic) John Gruber. There is a lot of buzz in the autism world about the many ways that the iPad helps children with autism, for good reason. As Ashley Harrell of SF…

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What’s up with the overpriced “special” toys?

Last week on my blog, I started a Special Needs Swap Shop. I offered up a $1600 PONY Gait Trainer that Max used when he was little (someone took it). Then I invited readers to send me e-mails mentioning what sort of stuff they were looking for, and to let me know what sort of…

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Try This Tuesday #4: Bluetooth Prompting

Today I want to share an idea that I think is very exciting and may be helpful at some point in the future with my son (although I think he’s a bit young for it right now!) During the autism conference I recently attended, one of the lectures was on the topic of Applied Research….

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