Tag: special needs

Meltdown or Tantrum?

girl-meltdownWe were in the store and saw a child having a meltdown. We felt bad for the child but we felt even worse for the mom who was trying to handle the situation. Not even 10 feet away from them stood a couple who started talking to each other in loud voices about how spoiled the child was.

It got even worse when they began to criticize the mother for not being strict enough with the child. Then they talked about how they would never have tolerated that kind of behavior with their own children. Everyone heard them and then the mother began to sob. It was time to step in and help. After all, that’s what we do!

Meltdown or Tantrum?

GUESS WHAT? We found out that the mom was dealing with her daughter who has Sensory Processing Disorder. She was exhausted and couldn’t handle the constant criticisms anymore. We asked the onlookers if they had raised  kids with special needs? They said that their children were very normal and that using special needs as an excuse wasn’t the way to raise a child.

Have you ever been critical of a parent who was dealing with a child’s meltdown in a public place?

Think about a few things and maybe… just maybe you will be more understanding. A tantrum and a sensory meltdown are two totally different things. A tantrum happens when a child doesn’t get something he or she wants or needs.

A sensory meltdown happens when the child feels overwhelmed!

Meltdown or Tantrum?

Maybe the noises in the store or too many things to focus on send a child with SPD into a meltdown. For onlookers, a tantrum and a sensory meltdown appear to be the same but they far from being the same. For the child with SPD, too many sensory inputs flood the brain and a meltdown is a way to release the pressure.

Have you ever tried to use a funnel to fill a bottle with some liquid only to see that too much liquid causes the bottle to spill over? Have you ever turned on a hose to fill a bucket only to see that the pressure of the water in the hose causes the bucket to spill over?  Both of these situations are only mild examples of what a child with SPD is feeling. Do you feel less critical? We hope so!!

 

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Amazon Giveaway: Rugby Jones’ “Tail”

blue-better-wch-girlAmazon Giveaway –  The “Tail” of Rugby Jones: A Rascal’s Journey from Disability to Ability (The Wit & Wisdom of a Lovable Dog with a Disability)  Hey! That’s me! This is so exciting because tomorrow we will be offering an Amazon Giveaway and you might win! How cool is that?  We sure hope that you win, especially if you know a child dealing with any difference or special need or one who is being bullied and that’s hard!  Just ask me because I know all about it from my own experiences.

I want kids to have fun with my story but I also want them to learn a lot! And there is so much in my “Tail.” I teach kids a lot about animals like dogs, horses, cats, foxes and raccoons. There are stories about people too! The best part is that this book is all about me! How cool is that? Very cool, I think and I bet you will think so too.

It’s exciting to make this book available to win by offering an Amazon Giveaway. Do you want to know why? Well it’s because of all the kids who are having a hard time dealing with life and the adversities they must face and overcome. Some kids are in wheelchairs like I am and some have other differences. They may be blind, deaf, short, black, white, tall, wide or they may speak a different language, have a different religion or have a learning disability like Autism or Asperger’s. I cant list all of the differences because there are too many.

I show kids how important it is to be understanding and accept kids with differences. Even more importantly, I give them support in gaining self-esteem and taking pride in the person they are! Just wait until you give my book to a child or read it to a child. You will be happy with the reaction that you see. Kids love me and they know how much I love every one of them!

Amazon Giveaway

So, to get back to the giveaway, there are a couple of things you need to know. When you enter, we just need you to answer two questions.

  • Do you know a child who is different or has special needs or is being bullied?
  • What kind of books does he or she enjoy?

The possible answers are listed and so it is easy. You can pick two or more of the following:

  • Different/Special Needs
  • Bullied
  • Uplifting Stories
  • True Stories or Biographies
  • Fun and Entertaining Stories

That’s all there is to it! Oh! And the giveaway will only run for 7 days so spread the word and get your entry in before the deadline! It will begin on November 5, 2016.

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Kids Worry: School Starting
Kids Worry: School Starting

kids worryKids worry about school starting because they may not know what to do or where to go.  Whether they are popular or not they will still worry.  Kids with special needs worry more because of the complexities that they must face. Whenever a new school year begins, all kids need to know what to expect.

There are a lot of things that parents can do so that their children will feel more confident. Since most schools offer the opportunity for parents and children to visit prior to the first day of school, the task should be an easy one. Hopefully your child’s school does have a plan in place so that it will be a simple process.  When your child’s school doesn’t have a plan, you will have to make your own arrangements.

To illustrate, you can make a call and talk to someone at the school and relate your concerns.  During the call, ask  if your child can meet his or her teachers. Additionally, ask for a map of the school so that you and your child can get to know where things are. Remember that it is especially important for children to know where their classrooms, the cafeteria, locker and rest rooms are.

Finally, one of the best gifts that parents and teachers can do for a child is to find a buddy who knows where things are and one who will be willing to sit with the child at lunch. As we all know, it is demoralizing to have to sit alone. Even more, it offers bullies a good opportunity to make fun of a child.

These things may not seem important to you as an adult but please don’t dismiss their concerns.  The issue becomes magnified when children are going to a new school or when they have special needs. In addition, kids worry about being bullied if they don’t know where they are going or what they need to do.

In addition, parents please talk to your children about helping out new kids. After that, talk to them about bullying and let them know that you will not tolerate it.

Specifically Kids Worry about Things Like:

·         Will I know where to go for my classes?

·         Will anyone sit with me at lunch?

·         Will I be able to find my locker?

·         Will I be able to open my locker?

·         Will I be able to find the rest room when I need to?

·         Will I get on the right bus?

·         Will kids like me?

·         Will I make new friends?

We would love to hear your suggestions as to help children prepare for the start of the new school year.

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Disabled Children’s Hero: Rugby Jones

disabled children's heroDisabled Children’s Hero A.K.A. Rugby Jones is a lovable and loving dog with great big ears, no tail and a magnetic personality.

He tells his story about overcoming adversity with the wit and wisdom of an eight year-old. Rugby’s antics and blunders will amuse and uplift you. He has an opinion about everything and what comes out of his mouth may surprise you!

Based on a true story, this heartwarming tale comes “straight from the dog’s mouth.” This rascal understands kids and life. His story will captivate children of all ages. And it will offer understanding and encouragement to those who must deal with and overcome any difference, disability or adversity.

Disabled Children’s Hero: Rugby Jones

disabled children's hero

As Rugby says, “Do you want to know what I think? Well, I’ll tell you. I think people like my books and my story because they have a message. I know what that message is because it is my message and I get it across in a cool way! It’s all about helping kids understand that they need to believe that they are great even if they are different! In fact, they need to believe they are great BECAUSE they are different. Who wants to be just like everyone else? I sure don’t. And I bet you don’t want to be a “cookie cutter” same kind of kid either. Everyone is different in some way and we all have different abilities. That’s what makes us way cool. Don’t you agree? Some say I am a disabled children’s hero. Do you know what I think? I think I am a disabled children’s friend. In fact, I am every kid’s friend.

Guess what? The pictures are epic! Do you know what epic means? Well, I do so I’ll tell you. Epic means that they are very impressive and larger-than-life! I think they are epic because they are colorful and they get my message across in a fun way.

I am your friend Rugby Jones and don’t you ever forget it.

The new and revised version of The “Tail” of Rugby Jones: A Rascal’s Journey from Disability to Ability and The Diary of a Different Dog are on Amazon and soon to be at other retailers.

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Different Dog and Different Kids
Different Dog and Different Kids

Different DogThe Diary of a Different Dog is a hit! This is very exciting news! Kids and parents like The Diary of a Different Dog! I mean they really like it! Look at the picture that we just received. Isn’t she just precious? Her dad sent it to us after the book arrived at his house. He said that his daughter read it without being asked to read it.

That says a lot. Don’t you think? I sure do because lots of times kids don’t want to read. They just want to play video games or watch TV. To make it even better, he said he saw her read it again before she went to bed! (I wonder what she did to her finger. I hope it gets better soon!)

Do you want to know what I think? Well, I’ll tell you. I think people like it because the pictures inside are epic. Do you know what epic means? Well epic means that they are very impressive and larger-than-life! I think they are epic because they are so colorful and they really get my message across to the readers or the kids who are getting read to.

Different Dog and Different Kids

I know what that message is because it is my message! The message is all about helping kids understand that they need to believe that they are great even if they are different! In fact they need to believe they are great BECAUSE they are different!

I learned that from my very own experience. Well, I’m sure you already know that if you know about me. In case you don’t, I’ll tell you a little about what happened. I started using a wheelchair named “Zoomie” to get around after I got badly hurt. I learned that people and animals often need some kind of helper to assist them in some way.

Do you or someone you know need a helper of some kind? I bet you do. If you don’t know anyone now, I’m sure that you will be lucky enough to meet someone someday. Do you know why I say lucky? Well, that person or animal will be able to show you a lot about courage and what’s really important in life! Trust me. I know what I’m talking about because I am a different dog and I know about different kids!

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