Jennifer wrote me awhile ago with these words:
I have two kids, 4 and 2, and feel like I can’t get anything done! We eat from scratch but lately I can barely get it together at meal times. The laundry is overwhelming and cleaning my house even to bare minimum standards is impossible. I work one day a week but otherwise I am home with kids who seem to need constant attention. Most days I can barely get the dishes done. As I write this, there are bags of groceries sitting in…
Added by Retta Slay on November 21, 2013 at 10:12am —
1. Ask her what she needs.
*Go to her home with two lattes in hand, give her a hug, and listen. She may not know what she needs, but ask her, and if she isn’t sure, make suggestions of things you can do for her.
*Bring a snack for her kids and maybe a DVD for them to watch; quite likely she has been very isolated and will be thankful for a few moments with an adult. I remember standing on my front porch and bursting into tears telling my friend, Signe, that I… Continue
Added by Retta Slay on November 5, 2013 at 12:30pm —
Rainbow Connection is currently hiring!
Sharing your story with others can have a positive impact. Parents are valuable when it comes to their child's journey and are the greatest resource to families experiencing the same thing. If you think this could be you, view the attachment for more information and contact us. Or pass it on to someone that you believe that you could see be a part of our resource Center.…
Added by Retta Slay on September 17, 2013 at 11:16am —
FYI: An opportunity to serve on advisory committees that effect our access and services in Santa Barbara. Must be a city resident. Among the vacancies of interest are the Access Advisory Committee and Human Services Commission. Please share among your contacts.
You must be a City resident.
The annual recruitment for scheduled and unscheduled vacancies on various City Advisory Groups is in progress. … Continue
Added by Retta Slay on September 6, 2013 at 9:50am —
Josephine Fenu has an Adult Tricycle she would like to sell: It is a light foot, shark, hand or leg peddle, build for her husband with a SCI. It is only a few years old. She is asking $1000. Please call her after September 16 at 898-0524
Added by Retta Slay on September 4, 2013 at 11:00am —
I know there are a couple other speech language pathologist homeschool mamas out there. The company I contract with is SUPER flexible so if you are interested in just picking up one or several early intervention clients you can contact:
Machel Freel or Jennifer McClain
Child Development Network
Here is their link: … Continue
Added by Retta Slay on August 27, 2013 at 11:20am —
You can now watch and download my latest film, Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Voices
, from the "Stop Hurting Kids
Added by Retta Slay on July 5, 2013 at 12:15pm —
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the pilot of our online version of The Learning Program™. The Learning Program™ utilizes current research on best practices and effective teaching strategies to improve educational outcomes for children with Down syndrome. For more information, visit…
Added by Retta Slay on June 18, 2013 at 12:18pm —
Added by Retta Slay on June 7, 2013 at 10:00am —
Special iApps has today released a new version of Special Words – suitable for Android devices. Special Words is also available for Apple iPad, iPod and iPhone devices.
The Special Words app is designed specifically for children with special needs, including children with Down syndrome. It offers various combinations of picture and word matching exercises to support the teaching of vocabulary and sight word reading… Continue
Added by Retta Slay on May 23, 2013 at 10:46am —
Assistant Project Scientist
Counseling, Clinical, School Psychology
Job #: CCSP1301
The Koegel Autism Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks to hire a half-time (50%) salaried PhD-level interventionist/supervisor, which could be expanded to full time (100%) pending receipt of new grant awards. Salary range is $50,600-59,400 (full time equivalent). Area of Specialization: Autism Spectrum Disorder… Continue
Added by Retta Slay on April 5, 2013 at 10:43am —
Only 2 days remaining!
Whether your child's talents lie on the tennis court or in the pool, the instructing staff at Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club aims to make each student's learning experience as rewarding as possible:
• $39 ($120 value) for three 30-minute private swim lessons for kids 16 & younger Continue
• $19 ($60 value) for…
Added by Retta Slay on March 26, 2013 at 9:55am —
With a number of opportunities for which to participate and get involved, we encourage you to click on the above images for more information about each event. Push America is inviting friends and family to participate in the Bolder Boulder 10k on May 27; join us in the Colorado Rockies June 16-21 as we enable athletes with visual impairments to see what is truly possible through climbing; experience one of the nation's most pristine national parks as Push America visits Yellowstone… Continue
Added by Retta Slay on March 12, 2013 at 11:28am —
Near a classroom window, 5-year-old Milo Castillo fumbled with a golden, bejeweled crown. Michael Garcia, kneeling in front of him,… Continue
Added by Retta Slay on February 15, 2013 at 9:26am —
A volunteer on a mission
Players of varying abilities take to the field and learn from each other in the Atascadero Youth Soccer Association
BY GLEN STARKEY
Like most kids, the members of the Red Dragons soccer team just wanted to have… Continue
Added by Retta Slay on January 18, 2013 at 9:38am —
twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38 Continue
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the…
Added by Retta Slay on December 20, 2012 at 9:35am —
Dear Friends of the Koegel Autism Center,
We have some exciting news to share with you! A major Yale University study has recently revealed the impact of our Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT - Developed at UCSB) on brain activity in children with ASD. In addition to positive behavioral changes, fMRI measures showed that after Pivotal Response Treatment the brain activity of children with autism more…
Added by Retta Slay on November 27, 2012 at 9:22am —
- Remember to make sure your child is accompanied by one or more responsible adults [depending on group size] at all times while trick-or-treating
- For older children who plan on trick-or-treating alone, make sure there is a safe route planned and that the child is responsible enough to go out without supervision. Having a cellphone or walkie-talkie is also…
Added by Retta Slay on October 30, 2012 at 10:50am —
California Special Education Local Plan Areas
What is a SELPA?
In 1977, all school districts and county school offices were mandated to form consortiums in geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries. Each region, Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), developed a local plan describing how it…
Added by Retta Slay on October 23, 2012 at 11:33am —
Published September 27, 2012
BERLIN – More than half the cases of severe intellectual disability caused by genetic…
Added by Retta Slay on October 18, 2012 at 11:39am —