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March 19, 2010

Mar19 Special Needs Stats and News- Jodi Picoult's House Rules

Jodi Picoult has another book to instruct and, at the same time, entertain the reader. House Rules is published by Atria Books and sells for less than $30.

 All families dealing with Asperger Syndrome in their lives will want to read the over 500 pages of Jody Picoult latest book. It’s about Jacob Hunt - a boy with high-functioning autism (HFA) - who is accused of murder...

“Picoult’s research is impeccable and she deals intelligently with charged questions about autism and Asperger’s.” — Publishers Weekly

“ House Rules is a page-turner... well-paced and thoughtful. And it certainly leaves readers with more compassion and understanding for sufferers of a condition that puts them always on the outside without a way in.” — Boston Globe

“Picoult’s research is impeccable and she deals intelligently with charged questions about autism and Asperger’s.” — Publishers Weekly

Over the last 18 years, Jody Picoult has written 17 novels--three of which became television movies and another, My Sister's Keeper, starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin turned into a theatre play.

Have you read any other books by Jodi Picoult? Do you think such books make the general public aware of the difficulties Special Needs families face every day?

Related posts:
Three Book Reviews Dealing With Guides For Kids With ASD 

Shonda Schilling's Frank Account of Son With Asperger's Syndrome 
Asperger's On the Job by Rudy Simone ~ A Review

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Mar 19 Sensory Tip- I Sense to Move-Anna Jean Ayres

“I Move To Sense and I Sense To Move.”
 Anna Jean Ayres
Sensory Processing Disorder, is a neurological disorder that was first studied in-depth by Anna Jean Ayres . Ph.D., OTR (1920 – 1988) In addition to her occupational therapy credentials, Dr. Ayres was also a California licensed psychologist.

In the 1960’s, Dr. Ayres studied the way the brain worked to use the senses to learn. Ayres described sensory integration as the ability to organize sensory information for use by the brain.

Her method is known as Ayres Sensory Integration and it is a Registered Trademark.

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Mar 19 Biting and Chewing Tip- Oral-motor Tools Must Allow SN Kids To Blend In

Chewies and Fidgets Must Be DISCREET

Happy, Special Needs youth, to function well at school, at play and especially with their peers, must use respectful fidget chewies

Some traditional fidgets and chewies can be a source of stress on special needs individuals that require them because they are actually an embarrassment. One Occupational Therapist said she felt bad for some Special Needs students she met at school when she saw the awkward mouthing aids.

Kid Companions Fidget Chewies
 Discreet, Personalized, Durable, Safe 

What is the most important quality you look for in a fidget or chewy?


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Mar 19 Fidgeting Tip- How Kid Companions Came To Be

Kid Companions' Highlights

ADHD adults and children may actually concentrate, focus and stay on task better with a little foot-tapping, gum-chewing and fidgeting.

Rome was not created in a day nor were Kid Companions. Here are some of the Kid Companions’ highlights.

Pierrette won a Nova Scotia competition called InNOVAcorp I-3 Technology Start-Up in 2007 and received $25,000 for expenses and $15,000 in mentoring.

Pierrette applied and received a grant that paid some of the cost for an engineering crew from Dalhousie University, Halifax to assist in modifying the design and making the molds for Kid Companions.

Then followed months of work to get Kid Companions export ready: applying for a Canadian and US patent, international insurance, shipping arrangements, designing and tomorrow I will tell you more ...

But the Kid Companions are marching one by one. Hoorah! Hoorah! And in their ranks, they now have a New Kid on Our Block: "Li'l Boy Blue"

Which color and shape of Kid Companions do you think will appeal to tweens or teens?

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