APECSCt

Association of Parents of Exceptional Children and Siblings
Connecticut

by parents for parents

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                                               WELCOME

When you first come to believe that your child is facing a number of challenges- different than those of his peers- you may feel empty, alone, confused and a bit afraid. You will find yourself
 looking for answers and not knowing which way to go or where to look for them.  You need to learn how important and essential it is that you become as knowledgeable as you can about all aspects of your child's world - academic, social, legal, medical, etc. Unfortunately, while the questions are plentiful - the answers are harder to find.
It is my goal to try to provide you with a site where you might turn as a starting point as you seek out this knowledge.
GOOD LUCK - Please send in your suggestions and thoughts to
apecsct@gmail.com

First Steps:

There are really two areas that you must simultaneously become familiar with - (1) your child's area of challenges and (2) the system within which you must learn to navigate. You really must get to know the ins and outs of your child's challenges while simultaneously getting to know the law and the system because you are going to have to work with both to address your child's needs. Here are some sites that you might find helpful in this quest.


Go To the Next Page to Learn about THE PROCESS that we must go through

Go to the following page to Learn about THE CHALLENGES our children (and their families) face

 

AUTISM-ADHD LINK  INVESTIGATED
A 2013 study shows almost 30 percent of young children with autism also show signs of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a rate that's three times higher than it is in the general population.

http://www.pnj.com/article/20130607/NEWS01/130607009/Study-finds-autism-ADHD-often-occur-together

Additional articles on the Autism/ADHD link can be explored here:

From the National Autistic Society (U.K.)
http://www.autism.org.uk/about-autism/related-conditions/adhd-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder.aspx

From ADDitude magazine
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/6594.html



Discover the Early signs of autism

REVIEW THIS VIDEO FROM THE
Center for Autism and Related disorders

A TUTORIAL ON THE EARLY SIGNS OF AUTISM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtvP5A5OHpU



 
NEW (ALMOST) !!!
Autism Speaks has just come out with its 2012
 'School Community Tool Kit'
(
A Tool Kit To Assist Members of the School Community in Understanding and Supporting Students with Autism)

http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/school_community_tool_kit.pdf

Also see -
The National Autism Center announces the release of its 
Autism 
Manual for Parents


http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/




ADHD in the News

October is ADHD Awareness Month !!!!
APECSct has been able to initiate the declaration of an ADHD Awareness Week in Connecticut - Great Job - We can make a difference !!!!!

For info on the National Awareness Week go to

http://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org/

GET THE FACTS !!

The three s's ((SUNLIGHT, SCREEN TIME, AND SLEEP)) AND THEIR EFFECT ON adhd
iS THERE A CORRELATION BETWEEN tHESE 3 s'S AND AN ADHD DIAGNOSIS?
hERE ARE SOME ARTICLES THAT EXAMINE THAT ISSUE:

http://www.growingyourbaby.com/2013/05/22/researchers-suspect-3-ss-to-be-contributing-factors-in-rise-of-adhd-rates/

http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/adhd0/Experts-Want-To-Explore-Role-Of-The-3-S-s-In-ADHD.shtml


DO YOU TELL YOUR CHILD?

hoW & WHEN do you tell them?

This LDOnline article by Rick LaVoie can be helpful
http://www.ldonline.org/lavoie/Explaining_Learning_Disabilities_to_Your_Child

a MOTHER TALKS ABOUT TELLING HER aSPERGER bOY

http://www.wrongplanet.net/article403.html





Here is an interesting article on talking to a child about their autism - but really it can apply to any learning challenge

http://www.iancommunity.org/cs/articles/telling_a_child_about_his_asd

Here are the thoughts of Stephen Shore on this topic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmrR4UgKFyA

For more discussions on this topic, here are some links:
http://theautismblog.seattlechildrens.org/telling-your-child-they-have-autism/

http://www.smartkidswithld.org/ld-basics/beyond-the-classroom/educating-your-child-about-learning-disabilities

In the meantime -

Need a laugh break? Take a look at this -
on the Lighter Side of Special Ed:

If you have ever been frustrated dealing with a school, you will find this video clip
VERY FUNNY - so, take a laugh break
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6fcIqUHz8Q&feature=autofb








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