Starting school at age 5 can be too early and many children are not ready, a Wellington principal says.
That was why Berhampore School blended early childhood practices with the New Zealand curriculum to give 5-year-olds a easier transition to school, delaying formal learning until they were older, said its principal, Mark P . . . more
Kate Madden, co-founder of equine FenuHealth, is currently working on a project for 2016 and is looking for readers' assistance with her research.
She is studying the 'effects of sport and exercise on people with special needs' and hopes to hear from members of the public who are specifically involved in equine related therapy. . . . more
Asperger Syndrome is a developmental disorder characterised by difficulties in a number of areas. There is a broad spectrum inwhich children can be at different degrees. . . . more
Music can help children and adults with autism and other disorders, to stop violent behavior and cutting, and can help them develop cognition, social skills, and grade point average. This according to a new research study conducted by the Woodland Grange School in Surrey, England, and the non-profit organization Drums and Disabilities, (D.A.D.) in Towaco, New Jersey. . . . more
WHAT IS DEVELOPMENTAL DYSPRAXIA?
Developmental Dyspraxia (DD) is a neurologically based impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement. Associated with this may be problems of language, perception and thought. Affected children have a normal intelligence for their age but may have difficulty in both processing information and in communicating what they know or understand. It affec . . . more
Salisbury Residential School was established in 1917 for girls who were “feeble minded” in a property in Nelson. The large homestead was used for all purposes domestic, educational and recreational. As well as a basic English and maths curriculum life skills were taught such as housework, laundry, sewing, knitting and outside occupation such as gardening. Over the year it has been r . . . more
Is your special needs child ready for potty training?
Potty training a child with behavioral, physical, intellectual or developmental delays or disabilities can be a long and challenging process for both Child and Parent. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, potty training in general is a huge step in a child?s overall growth and one that should be celebrated with positivity by the ch . . . more
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. ACC is used to communicate and express ourselves. Everyone uses AAC when they make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write. People with severe . . . more
Applications for Children With Special Needs
We have come across this site which offers information about applications for Special Needs Children. They have produced videos demonstrating how products designed to educate children and how they can help build life skills. They are hoping to provide videos, and other relevant information from an independent source . . . more
Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders
Research in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Prolonged Tic Suppression and Habituation to the Premonitory Urge
Principal Investigator: Matt W. Specht, Ph.D.This study is sponsored by the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) to examine the means through which behavioral treatments produce reductions in tic symptoms. A growing body . . . more