April 10, 2014

Apps for Students with Disabilities

Our OT passing along this "wheel" (developed by Mark Coppin) intended initially for kids with Autism, but which she has found useful for all kids. For a larger image, right click on the wheel and select 'open in new tab'.

"When looking for apps for students on the autism spectrum (ASD), it is important to look at all educational apps and not just those that are tagged as autism apps. They have many of the same learning needs that other students have. This list was developed to provide apps based on common learning characteristics and traits that are typical for students with ASD. It is important to remember that all students learn differently and selecting apps should be based on the unique learning needs of the student. This list is only a sampling of apps available for each skill area. This is not, nor is it meant to be a deļ¬nitive list. This list is intended to give you a starting place and a rationale for picking certain apps."

April 9, 2014

Baby Time!

We've been blessed with a visit from our one year old nephew and his mamma and are savoring this baby time! Chase however was camera happy and stole the show when we pulled the camera out!

Elizabeth is an amazing new mom - not only did she fly to Texas and Georgia (the second trip by herself!) while Bennett is a month old, but she is nursing the baby like a pro and going out to meet friends for dinner on her own! I'm so impressed!

April 2, 2014

Autism Awareness Day!

Did you know that today - April 2nd - is World Autism Awareness Day? Here's some facts about Autism for you:

Did you know ...
  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

Although there are questions as to what causes Autism, more and more proof shows that environmental factors can cause the condition. Read more about the 11 Hidden Dangers that Can Trigger Autism HERE.

What can you do? 

1. Raise awareness of what Autism is and the wonderful things that those with Autism can achieve.

2. Donate Money to Autism Research. If you want a fun, easy, and stylish way to support Autism research, check out Stella & Dot's Autism Awareness Line where proceeds go to benefit the HollyRod Foundation! 

3. Be smart about what you put in and around your body!  For beauty and cleaning products made without toxic chemicals, check out Ava Anderson Nontoxic and BeautyCounter!

April Fool's!!

I love this great April Fool's idea from a friend of mine! In our house we managed to move the kids' furniture around while they were sleeping - such fun had by all!

March 29, 2014

Our Earth Day Tree!

Planting our little pine tree with my little buddy! It's been at least three weeks and is still standing in the corner of our backyard! I can't wait to see it grow into a little tree!