Special Needs Support and Encouragement

If you have a child with special educational needs, here is an excellent resource for you.   This support group is for homeschoolers, public schoolers, and private schoolers.

P.I.S.S.E.D. Parents Improving Special needs Services and EDucation

Additional Resources

Whether you have a child with special needs or a child that needs to learn how to be understanding and empathic, here are a few of my favorite resources available at our library:

Emma’s gifts DVD [2006]
Documents the story of Emma, a little girl born with Down syndrome, her “normal” twin sister Abigale, and their parents, Mitzi and Michael Corrigan.   This family discovers that Emma’s differences are precious gifts that take them on a journey few families ever experience.

Life goes on (Television program). Season 1 DVD [2006]

Front of the class [2009]

When he was growing up, Brad started making funny noises – all the time. Only Brad and his supportive mother knew he could not control it. He was teased, misunderstood, and punished for disrupting class. By the time he was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, Brad had learned to hate school. When an understanding school principal offered encouragement, Brad decided to become a teacher. Now he has to find a school where someone with Tourettes can teach in front of a class. After 24 schools turn him down, he discovers a school that will finally give him a chance.

Be Different: Adventures of a free-range Aspergian with practical advice for Aspergians, misfits, families & teachers by John Elder Robison [2011]
In his bestselling memoir, Look Me in the Eye, the author described growing up with Asperger’s syndrome at a time when the diagnosis didn’t exist. He was intelligent but socially isolated; his talents won him jobs with toy makers and rock bands but did little to endear him to authority figures and classmates, who were put off by his inclination to blurt out non sequiturs and avoid eye contact. By the time he was diagnosed at age forty, he had already developed a myriad of coping strategies that helped him achieve a seemingly normal, even highly successful, life. In this new book he shares a new batch of stories about his childhood, adolescence, and young adult years, giving the reader a rare window into the Aspergian mind. In each story, he offers practical advice, for Aspergians and indeed for anyone who feels “different”, on how to improve the weak communication and social skills that keep so many people from taking full advantage of their often remarkable gifts.

About Hemet Sunshine

I am a homeschooling mom living in Hemet, California. I am interested in building a better community for the ones I love.
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