The Help Group

I am not going to stop posting, but I do want to recommend anyone following my blog to like “The Help Group” on Facebook.  Many of the links I want to post are from them.  They cover a lot of different issues and have a lot of wonderful ideas.  They have too many for me to post them all.  For instance this week I’ll post two links from them.  It will give you a sample of their work.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jo-worgan-/autistic-children-parenting_b_4955922.html

This is a true look from the heart of a parent of an autistic child.  It will help you know the right things to say.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christine-m-ristaino/8-tips-for-parents-with-a_b_4661465.html

This article for parents of  ADHD children gives helps for working with the school systems and giving your child t

Be in childrens lives

 

Hoping this IMproves your day,

Sally Ellis, www.imagineimprovement.com

Do Genetics Play a Role in Disabilities?

Wouldn’t it be awesome to wave a magic wand and be able to determine the WHY of ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Tourettes, and a myriad of other conditions?  How about genetics?  Immunizations?  Toxic chemicals?  Processed food?  Truly there are studies on all these possibilities.  And likely some amount of issue from all of them.  But the why doesn’t change the fact.  However

We really can do something about our cognition :)!

We really can do something about our cognition :)!

Interactive Metronome has been shown to help with these and several other diagnosis!  The following link has some good information on the genetics involved.

http://blog.sfgate.com/lshumaker/2014/02/03/the-genetics-of-developmental-disabilities/

Hoping this IMproves your day,

Sally Ellis

www.imagineimprovement.com

Parents, Parenting, and Science!!

world without children
Just became a Grandma again this last month--#7 actually :)!  Made me appreciate my own children and reflect on the importance of children in our lives,  Can't imagine life without them!  Hope you enjoy this fun link: 10 "Scientific" Tips for raising happy kids. Did it makes you smile and want to share it with others? 
http://www.livescience.com/17894-10-scientific-parenting-tips.html 

I am also sharing 5 ways to help parent your special needs child. It has some great simple things to think about.
http://www.specialneeds.com/children-and-parents/general-special-needs/5-things-you-can-do-home-help-your-child-s
 Hoping this IMproves your day, 
Sally Ellis, www.imagineimprovement.com
 

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

one kind wordWhen you think of the impact a kind word or two can make you truly have to wonder why we don’t say a few more sincere things to others.  My sister who is now deceased was such a joy to be around.  She would go up to complete strangers and compliment them on just little things.  I always envied her her ability to be outgoing and honest.  When I had hung out with her I would find myself being more outgoing and complimentary with others.  It doesn’t some naturally to me, but the positive payoff is rewarding when I do.  The link I’m providing today talks about how to be outgoing to those with handicaps.  Things to do and things not to do.  I hope it gives you food for thought.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamie-davis-smith/five-things-you-should-kn_ow-about-families-dealing-with-disability_b_4233242.html

Hoping this IMproves your day,

Sally Ellis, www.imagineimprovement.com,  imagineimprovement@gmail.com

Support! Support! Support!!

As foster parents we have dealt with a lot of attachment issues, ADD and ADHD, trauma, resilency, successes, and much much more.  I still remember the first time we attended a support group for foster parents.  Wow! my husband and I came away from that meeting knowing we were not alone, knowing that others could understand and relate, and with some new strategies to use in our parenting.  When I saw this article on the importance of support groups for parents with special needs it was a must share!

http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2013/09/03/10-reasons-special-needs-parents-should-join-a-support-group/

Hoping this IMproves your day,

Sally Ellis www.imagineimprovement.com

School’s in Session A Help in Several Areas

Hope you are all doing the Hallelujah Hop with me now that school is back in session!  I have several links to share–a bit for everyone to enjoy!

The first surprised me!  It talks about the prevalency of dyslexia.  The timing on this seems especially good, because it mentions how to get some help in the classroom for dyxlexia. http://www.everydayhealth.com/sanjay-gupta/dyslexia-in-the-classroom.aspx.

For those with autistic children the following article may prove to be fascinating, especially if they have a propensity for math!

http://neurosciencenews.com/autism-brain-differences-math-iq-neurodevelopment-377/

And because many children with disabilites are the target of bullies the following article has some good points to make:

http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/08/keeping-students-with-disabilities-safe-from-bullying/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

Three in one fell swoop, but with school beginning it seemed appropriate.

Hoping this improves your day,

Sally Ellis   www.imagineimprovement.com

Encouragement The Best Gift

Since I don’t have a special needs child of my own, this blog really hit home with me!  I do have a special needs sister, and we have done foster care for RAD and ADHD kids, and a plethora of other issues, but none with autism or serious developmental delays.  I do hope that some of you will look into Interactive Metronome as another tool for your toolbox in handling varied challenges.  It is available nationwide.

http://beautifulinhistime.com/2013/06/10/how-to-encourage-a-special-needs-mom/

 

Hoping this IMproves you day,

 

Sally Ellis  www.imagineimprovement.com