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The New Addiction - More Dangerous for Individuals with Disabilities

on Sun, 07/24/2016 - 12:58

Pornography is a plague upon the land. When I was a child, there wasn't even a dirty bookstore in the town where I grew up. The children in that area had zero access, unless a parent had brought it into the home. Now nearly every child is exposed at some point, either by accidentally seeing a popup ad or by being shown something on a friend's phone or other device. 

Why is this such a big deal? Researchers have discovered that as little as 11 seconds of exposure makes brain changes that can be seen on a functional MRI.

Transitioning Children to Nursery - More Ideas

on Sun, 07/17/2016 - 22:15

Some children have problems transitioning to Nursery despite the best efforts of their parents and teachers. Here are a few new ideas that have worked in the past:

  • About a month before the youngster goes into Nursery, walk them by the class, introduce the teacher, and show them some of the activities so they will be excited to go when the time comes. 
  • Have the teachers visit the child in their home, taking time to play with them or do a short activity. 
  • Encourage parents to talk about Nursery in a positive way, emphasizing how much fun it can be, and how friends will also be attending. 
  • Create

New Resources, Contest, and Happiness

on Sun, 07/03/2016 - 13:43

There are new links on the Resources page, including Sesame Street and autism, how to take your child with autism to the orthodontist, making shopping easier with sensory processing challenges, estate planning for parents of children with autism, Operation Autism for military families, and much more. Click on the "Resources" link above and take a look for yourself. 

I'm also starting a contest to run the month of July. Enter this week by leaving a comment here or on the LDS Disabilities Help facebook page telling me what topics you want to see on this blog or the LDSdisabiltieshelp site.

Reducing Anxiety in Children with Special Needs

on Mon, 06/20/2016 - 22:16

There are a number of things parents, teachers and leaders can do to reduce anxiety in these youngsters:

  • Use a visual or written schedule so the child knows what is coming next. 
  • Allow for breaks so they can de-stress. 
  • Explain privately that you will not do anything to embarass them, such as making a struggling reader read aloud. 
  • Try to identify the source of the anxiety and eliminate it. 
  • Practice deep breathing and other relaxation exercises. 
  • Praise them often - but make it genuine. 
  • Create a sense that they belong to the class. 
  • Encourage all classmates to be kind to each other. 
  • Try to get

Behavior and Disabilities

on Sun, 06/12/2016 - 21:24

Many children with disabilities such as autism, ADHD, and emotional disturbance have unusual behaviors that are very challenging for parents. These difficulties may range from non-compliance to lying, hitting, screaming or even running away. Here are a few reasons why this happens:

  • Anxiety - life is unpredictable, and especially when you have a disability that keeps you from seeing predictable behavior patterns or understanding social cues. 
  • Frustration - when you take longer to "catch on" when others are learning at a faster rate
  • Sensory difficulties - this might include overload from

When It's Not Going Well.....

on Mon, 06/06/2016 - 00:35


Teaching children, especially those with special needs, is an adventure to say the least. Even when you try to do everything right, use methods that have been successful in the past, and put forth your best effort, success is not guaranteed. When things don't go well, what do you do?

  • Recall how far your child has come from the beginning. Even with backsliding, you should still be able to identify some improvement. 
  • Give yourself (and the youngster) a break.

Reducing Anxiety in the Home

on Sun, 05/29/2016 - 18:17

The additional stress that comes from dealing with a disabilitycan cause increased anxiety among the family members. Here are a few ideas you may not have tried:

  • Take care of your health
    • Have a physical examination to rule out
      • Hyperthyroidism
      • Heart disease
      • Excess caffiene
      • Premenstrual syndrome
      • Diet pill causation
      • Anemia
      • Diabetes
      • Hypoglycemia
    • Eat a well-balanced diet
      • Make sure to get sufficient amoounts of B12, magnesium, and zinc
      • Keep blood sugar stable by eating low-glycemic foods
      • Avoid added sugars, caffeine, and alcohol
      • Add blueberries, peaches and other foods rich in B vitamins
      • Eat foods with a high

Answers to Questions - Easier to Find!

on Sun, 05/15/2016 - 18:30

As I read blogs and posts to Facebook groups, I often see questions that I have written about on this site. I realized I needed a way to quickly find content I had shared before, and to make this site more user-friendly. I've created a new topic index to make information easier to find. You can find the link in the menu above. If you don't find a topic that helps, email me at and I'll get to it in a future post. 

More than Tolerance

on Sun, 04/24/2016 - 23:30

Imagine that you are at a fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration for your friends. One of their children gives a speech announcing to the group that they have tolderated each other the entire time. Sound nice? What we want to hear is that they're in love, and can't live without each other. 

This is also the standard we need to set for the integration of children with disabilities into our congregations. Not just tolerance, but loving inclusion. In order for individuals with challenges to have a successful church experience, the following steps are needed:

  • Listening without prejudice or