There’s always one teacher, one aide, one doctor, etc that stands out in our minds as we raise our children; that one person that helped pull us out of the dark and fear. Let’s magnify that number by being part of a cultural shift.
“Be the reason someone believes in good people”
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Boundaries, routines and early bedtimes: 13 habits that raise well-adjusted kids.
With so much conflicting parenting advice, you may wonder how to raise a well-adjusted kid? Before you hide under the pillow, check out these 13 habits any parent can do.
Happy New Year, everyone! May 2020 bring you what you need :)
Happy holidays from our family to yours!
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Acceptional Minds is thankful for all the great families we get to work with!
64% of working parents caring for a child with a disability, state that caregiving responsibility has negatively impacted their work performance. Visit wisconsincaregiver.org for more information about family caregivers.
While Acceptional Minds does not currently endorse any candidate, we felt it important to share the issues with our families. The needs of our loved ones and/or ourselves are not adequately being addressed and unless we stand up and say something, that will continue. Do your research and let your voice be heard.
White House hopeful Pete Buttigieg on Saturday released a multi-pronged plan to remove obstacles that people with disabilities face.
Here’s a nice visual for those of you working with schools and developing IEPs.
What it looks like.
I’ll just leave this right here...
Acceptional Minds created a twitter board to teach the kids about social media. Thanks, Winter BooHer!
Being the brother or sister of someone with ADHD can be difficult and potentially frustrating for a child. Here are tips for helping them cope.
What happens when it rains? We have an indoor campout! 😊
Today we played Don’t Lose Control. We make learning fun 😆
Something to remember...
"Children do not enter this world with bad intentions. They do not come to wear us out, test our patience, or push us over the edge. They come to us with a need for love, connection, and belonging." -- Rebecca Eanes
Wisconsin needs to hear our voices! Consider joining WFACSA and/or attending the Caregiver Summit September 5th, 2019.
It’s hard to learn self regulation without being able to feel and understand emotion.
Perhaps if angry little girls were heard
instead of silenced,
there wouldn’t be so many hurting women
struggling to understand and love themselves.
Perhaps if tearful little boys were comforted
instead of shamed,
there wouldn’t be so many angry men
struggling to express and empathize with emotion.
And vice versa.
Perhaps if children's emotions were understood
instead of punished, there wouldn’t be
so many armored people
struggling to be connected and authentic.
Children need to feel all their emotions,
without fear of rejection
to mature into their healthiest true selves.
Being hard on children
does not make them stronger.
People are strengthened through
compassion and understanding,
regardless of gender or age.
Synergy: gentle parenting resources.
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This is a fantastic explanation for people who don’t understand anxiety and meltdowns centered around every day occurrences. We must learn to teach to the brain vs. teaching one size fits all. This includes learning to parent to the brain. Great article, Jaime!
When an autistic person becomes confused, it can cause severe anxiety, panic, and anger. This is often the result of learning trauma.
It’s the simple things in life that connect us.
How do you build meaningful relationships with your learners at the beginning of the year?
High school football players in Idaho surprised a 9-year-old boy with autism by coming to his birthday party after only one classmate accepted his invitation.
Food for thought
"Why do we put so much pressure on children?
As adults we have slow days, sad days, down days, happy days.
As adults we have days where we just want to nap and eat cake.
So why do we expect so much from our little people?
They are still growing.
For those of you with teens/young adults or just some info for the future.
If you, like thousands of others, live with a visible or invisible disability, here’s what you need to know if you want to tell your employer.
Acceptional Minds is looking for energetic and dedicated team members to join our team! We are currently looking for basic specialists in Brown County and Winnebago/Outagamie Counties. After several weeks of paid, on the job training, our specialists work with families affected by autism and other mental health issues through mentoring and education. Our specialists will spend time working in client's homes (in the county they are hired) or at our Center in Green Bay. Starting pay $12-$14.
Eligible candidates must be 18 years or older, must possess a valid driver’s license, and must provide proof of auto insurance.
Applicants must submit a cover letter that includes the applicant’s county of residence as well as any experience related to children, specials needs, autism, customer relations, and any other strengths suitable for working with families to Jessica Nelson in Human Resources: [email protected]. In addition, please state which county you are applying for.
There are more and more of “that kid” kids these days. Please take the time to get to know them. Everyone, and I mean everyone, has something to contribute. As these children grow and learn, they can handle social situations better, but not if there aren’t any people or peers left to socialize with.
Be brave. Be empathetic. Be kind.
“I am that mother walking into the birthday party with my kid, who was only invited because the whole class was invited. I see the eye rolls and hear the whispers, and so does my kid. I hate to say…
Easier said than done, but necessary to support our children.
The most current phrase from the autism community is “nothing about us, without us”. This is a great article to move us toward that. As supporters, we need to include those we are trying to help.
"As a kid, it would have been immensely helpful if..."
Replace “people” with “I”. Is it true? Now change “people” to your child’s name and it will still be true.
"People don't change their behavior when other people yell at them, shame them, or send them away to be alone. People change their behavior when they feel heard, understood, and loved. Growth and change require connection and compassion."
-- Katie Hurley, LCSW
Via Parent/Professional Advocacy League
A simple reminder of something we all too often forget...
This is a good list. It may be helpful for family or friends who spend time with your child.
Autism news and resources: from autistic people, professionals, and parents
Modeling. It all begins and ends with modeling.
"People often believe that a system of rewards and punishments is required to teach children how to behave. The harder truth is that positive modelling of our own feelings and behavior is the key to a child's healthy social and emotional development."
One of our main focuses at Acceptional Minds is executive functioning. Please see below for a quick guide to some of the skills that fall under this category.
A little wisdom on being the sibling of someone with a disability. It’s a thoughtful way of supporting a sibling.
Career Day at an elementary school ignited my childhood feelings of growing up with my brother, Nick, who has a disability: I recently spoke before 2nd-5th grade students during a career day event …
We are expanding services and we are looking for energetic and caring people to join our team! We are hiring an Administrative Assistant and a Payroll and Accounting Coordinator. Interested candidates can apply via the links below or e-mail our Human Resources Director at: [email protected]
Here are some materials to have those tough talks about the birds and the bees.
People with disabilities are 7 times more likely to be victims of sexual assault, yet they typically are not taught about their bodies nor boundaries for themselves and others.Here's a great podcast by Katie Thune, an educator, author, and advocate for people with disabilities. She has her Teaching License in Health Education, and Special Education K – 12, as well as her MA in Education. Katie worked as a teacher for Saint Paul Public Schools for 12 years. She has lots of materials at sexualityforallabilities.com
Listen in to learn about foundational things we can be teaching our loved one, such as consent, rules, and guidelines around some of the gray areas, public vs. private spaces, compliance vs. appropriate non compliance, and necessary vs. exploitive touch.
Remember, if a child had better coping skills, her or she would use them.
What an Angry Child Needs to Hear
That you are there, and you won't go away.
That you want her life to be good.
That you see that this is hard.
That you are going to stay with her while it's hard.
That no matter how she feels, you care.
That things can get better -- today can be a good day.
That you want to be with her, even when she feels her worst.
These are some great basics on how to talk to your child and model positive mental health habits. There is no time like the present to incorporate them into your daily lives.
How to talk to your kids about mental health
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