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Thoughts From One Caregiver to Another

Cameron has written to me and asked me to post some thoughts on caregiving when helping someone who has an illness or a parent/caregiver who has a special needs child in their home.  It is important to realize how helping take care of others can affect our health and wellbeing as well.  Here are the points Cameron has found work for him as he cares for his wife with a very rare and deadly cancer called mesothelioma.  These will also be beneficial for those with special needs children:


1.   Accept all offers of help
2.Take time for yourself
3.Make your own health a priority
4.Know your limits
5.Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family or even strangers if you feel overwhelmed
6.Be clear and direct when asking for help
7.Become an expert on the condition – Learn all you can
8.Make lists
9.Prioritize
10.Get organized
11.Join a support group
12.Talk to other caregivers
13.Budget
14.Make use of technology
15.Ask questions
16.Carry a notebook everywhere
17.Make use of any and all resources available …

Teaching Children With ADHD: Classroom Strategies To Engage The Easily Distracted

Posted by on Thursday, May 23, 2013 ·      inShare1
There seems to be one in almost every classroom. That student that just can’t get it together. Maybe it’s the homework that never gets turned in or the desk that resembles a pigpen. Possibly the student is disruptive, blurting out inappropriate remarks or just can’t stop tapping her pencil even when you have asked her a million times to stop.
As teachers, we know its normal for students to forget their homework or daydream and get fidgety from time to time. But how do we distinguish between “normal” kid behavior and ADHD behavior? Are we too quick to diagnose and medicate in hopes that these behaviors simply disappear? Is ADHD being over diagnosed when kids are just really being kids? And if it really is ADHD, how do we accommodate these students so they succeed in our classroom?
The 3 Sub-Types of ADHD Here are a few facts to consider about ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
ADHD is…

The Importance of Social Emotional Learning

A respectful, safe, caring environment is essential in order for students to learn effectively.Teachers must get along with students and students must get along with each other.If this social environment isn’t created than chaos prevails.The school is a social setting that teaches those skills that allow people to interact in a positive proactive way. A structured systematic approach to enhance social emotional learning and academic performance has shown in research as an achievable accomplishment (Elias, 2003).

As a society there are certain attributes that all people should possess.Schools, parents, communities need to involve themselves in teaching their children literacy, how to express their thoughts and opinions.Children need to understand math and science at a level that makes them competent to engage in regular interactions with others in the world.Members of this society must also be able to problem solve and to take responsibility for their actions, health and personal well-b…