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5 Ways to Honor National Cerebral Palsy Day

Did you know that March is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month? And March 25 is recognized as National Cerebral Palsy Day, a time to raise awareness and to bring the lives and livelihood of those with cerebral palsy to the forefront.

It’s also a time for people with cerebral palsy to share the many things they enjoy doing using the social media hashtag #cerebralpalsycan.

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http://blog.specialneedsessentials.com/?p=1704
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We're Celebrating Reading Awareness Day with the Arrival of our New Bookstore!

The National Education Association (NEA) is building a nation of readers through its signature program, Read Across America. Now in its 19th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child,” quipped Dr. Seuss.

What is NEA's Read Across America?

NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. NEA's Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.

Read the full blog post here: http://blog.specialneedsessentials.com/?p=1650
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Tips for Supportive Sibling Relationships That Last a Lifetime

Developing and nurturing good relationships with siblings is always important. Siblings can provide so much love, acceptance, and support for one another. They can help build emotional security and resilience in each other and can be best friends for life. And the same is true within families with special needs kids.

It’s important to understand that a sibling with a disability can experience many emotions while growing up, making them a child of unique needs and challenges. But having a special needs sibling can be beneficial, too — some of the unique benefits include the development of understanding, patience, kindness, supportiveness, compassion, helpfulness, empathy, tolerance, self-confidence, and loyalty.

Need some help to foster that special bond? We have a few tips for parents concerned about strengthening those special sibling relationships!

Read the full blog post here: http://blog.specialneedsessentials.com/?p=1634
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Aaron Baker’s Incredible Recovery From Quadriplegia Will Astound and Inspire You!

Aaron Baker has always been one to defy the odds. Since he sustained a C5 spinal cord injury in 1999 on a motorcross track, Aaron has been working to regain movement through training and physical therapy. Now, he’s taking his movement to the next level with the film, Coming to My Senses: A Journey to Regain Movement.

When Baker was 20, he was involved in a motocross accident. The crash broke his cervical vertebrae 4-4-6, making him a quadriplegic. He clinically died after almost a week in intensive care, but he was revived. His neurosurgeon diagnosed him as a complete quadriplegic and gave him a one and a million chance of regaining function below his injury.

In an instant, the youthful athlete thought his life was over. He spent a lot of time dreading the future everyone expected him to have.

Read the full post on our blog:
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7 Ways You Can Celebrate Wear Red Day

On the first Friday of February each year, the American Heart Association sponsors National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about heart disease in women. The staggering truth is that one in three deaths among women — that means your sister, mother, or friends — are caused not by cancer but by heart disease and stroke. In fact, heart disease causes more deaths among women than all cancers combined.

That sounds like a rough statistic, and it is. But here's the good news: 80 percent of cardiac events are preventable with education and lifestyle changes — hence the need to raise awareness today! On National Wear Red Day, there are lots of things you can do to help take care of your health and change these daunting statistics.

Read the full blog post here: http://goo.gl/KgQ9FB
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Playful Brain Exercises: 12 Ways to Cross the Midline

Are you teaching your kids about crossing the midline? The midline refers to an imaginary line drawn down the middle — from your head to your toes. This line separates the left side of the body from the right half, so crossing the midline happens when, for example, the left hand is able to spontaneously move over and work for the right side of the body.

Before this kind of coordination is established in your child, he or she may instead operate using the left hand on the left half of the body and vice versa, which could indicate that the left and right sides of the brain aren’t communicating with one another. Poor crossing the midline skills can result in things like poor handwriting, for example.

To ensure each side of the brain is well-versed with each other and able to carry out its unique tasks, it’s a good idea to begin crossing-the-midline activities while your child is still very young — yes, even babies can start learning now! But it’s also not too late for your preschooler either.

Read the full post here: http://blog.specialneedsessentials.com/?p=1551
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Roll Up Your Sleeve To Give the Gift of Life for Blood Donor Awareness Month

Getting stuck with an IV may not seem appealing when you're already braving cold temperatures and winter sniffles, but this is precisely the time when blood donation centers need you most.

January marks Blood Donor Month, and the season when donations drop significantly. Blood drives across the country see drops in donations during the winter months - a challenge for blood banks since the shelf life of blood is so short. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. is in need of blood, and the call for donors is on the rise as road accidents and other cold-weather related issues come up.

Colleen O’Callaghan, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross, says one donation can help up to three people.

"It really is a life saving gift,” O’Callaghan said. “You become a nameless, faceless hero for someone in need.”

Read the full blog post here: http://blog.specialneedsessentials.com/?p=1530
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How to Support Friends with a Child with Special Needs

Finding out that a friend has a child with special needs often leaves folks speechless and tongue-tied. It’s not that you’re heartless and cold — we know you’re not. But the fear of getting your foot stuck in your mouth can lead to non-action, which is exactly what you should avoid.

Not knowing what to say is common, and that’s OK. So we’ve put together a few tips to help you support your friend and feel more confident in giving that support.

Don’t wave away their concerns

If a friend is worried their child is autistic, for example, don’t tell them they’re not. While it’s easy to reassure someone that you’re “sure it’s nothing,” that’s not always helpful. In this case, encourage your friend — not by telling them everything’s fine, but by assuring them that if they have a special needs future in store, it’s not the end of the world. Then find ways to be proactive and get the right answers.

Stay positive

Oftentimes, there can be setbacks in the pursuit of answers and in figuring out how to parent a special needs child. Throughout the process, stay positive for your friends by reminding them of how far they’ve come. Remind them of what they have to look forward to and that there are many more accomplishments in store.

Read the full post here: http://blog.specialneedsessentials.com/?p=1511
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10 Ways to Celebrate National Handwriting Day with Your Kids

Handwriting has become a lost art form, but you don’t have to let the tradition slip from your fingers. National Handwriting Day is Saturday, January 23, so take the opportunity to spend time with your kids observing and practicing the art of handwriting. The feel of the writing instrument in your hand and the unique curves of your own letters are wonderful things to experience.

Try these 10 fun ways to celebrate National Handwriting Day with your kids and then celebrate the tradition throughout the year!

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Today, we observe what would be the 87th birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., memorialized for his vision of equality, leadership in human rights, and his nonviolent passion to end racial segregation. He was a dreamer, a champion for all people.

King delivered a simple message, with passion. People should be treated equally, with the same respect — no more, no less. Equally. Tributes will be paid to him all across the country.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, King sought equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest.

He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.

Read the full post on today's blog: http://blog.specialneedsessentials.com/?p=1467
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