Transitioning to secondary school, Part 1

At this time of the year, preparations for school or onwards begin. This month, I’m writing about the move to secondary school for a child with speech, language, literacy and/or learning difficulties. I’ll focus specifically on children who fall into the category of specific speech and language impairment (SSLI), but the information could be applied […]

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Let me introduce myself…Communication Passports

What is it? A communication passport is a person-centred book which supports someone who cannot speak for themselves. It is a way of sharing information about a person in a clear, simple format, focusing on the person as being a unique, valued individual. What goes in it? It can include any of the following: Key […]

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International autism specialist to speak at event in Bandon

SPECIAL Strength for Special Parents is a unique financial and health education evening for parents of young and adult children with an intellectual disability or autism. It takes place on Thursday 11th September at 7pm. The evening will feature Dr Caroline Goldsmith, a world renowned authority in the field of Autism, in addition to a number of […]

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Teaching children about feelings

Children are emotional beings…as anyone who spends any length of time with children knows! While as babies and toddlers they convey their feelings through sounds or actions, as they develop language, they start to put words on these feelings. At the moment, my 3½  year old’s favourite word is ‘excited’, or, using her words, ‘exciting’, […]

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How music therapy reaches people who are lost to the world

A beautiful video by Bill Newsinger entitled, ‘If you listen, you will hear us’.  It describes person centred services for people with profound learning difficulties and includes a description of the value and effectiveness of music therapy for people who otherwise may not have a voice.

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Better TV Means Better Kids!

Interesting graphic by Allison Morris which looks at how the quality of TV shows can affect children as they grow up: http://www.educationnews.org/parenting/better-tv-better-kids/

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Building friendships for children with Asperger’s

In the Health Supplement of the Irish Times on 11th January, a parent of a 13 year old boy with Asperger’s ‘asked the expert’ about how to assist her child in  making friends. See below for the article: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/health/2011/0111/1224287228190.html

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COPE Foundation to play host to second Irish Performing Arts Festival For People with Intellectual Disabilities June 22nd to June 24th

For more information go to:  http://www.irishperformingarts.ie/

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Cork centre is a ‘major step forward’ for children’s services

The Children Services Centre in Dunmanway is the result of a partnership between the Health Service Executive, which provided €2.2 million in funding, and CoAction West Cork, which provides services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. For more information, read the article in this Tuesday’s Health Supplement in the Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/health/2010/0518/1224270592854.html

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Music Therapy & Autism: Arts for Healing’s Karen Nisenson

Interview about music therapy and in particular music therapy for children with  autism with Karen Nisenson, the Director of a creative arts therapy centre in the US. http://bizmusician.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/music-therapy-autism-arts-for-healings-karen-nisenson/

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