Looks like the wearing of face masks is here to stay for a while, so you may as well try to have some fun with it. I know, I know – they are not that fun. But, I did have a parent send me a link to a mask that has a chew cord as part of the mask. I just love how creative people are.
Many parents may worry that even the strongest marriages may buckle—or worse—under the intense demand of raising a child with special needs. Licensed marriage and family therapist Diane Simon Smith tackles this topic for couples raising children with Fragile X syndrome.
With the anxiety and hyperarousal seen in children with Fragile X syndrome, it is important to plan for emergency events at your child’s school – a fire in the building and severe weather events, such as a tornado, a hurricane, a local fire, a chemical spill, etc. Lockdowns are discussed separately. If at all possible, develop a plan ahead of time, ideally at your child's IEP. If that is not possible, ask for a meeting to discuss this first thing of the school year.
Like many of you, I will always remember the day and time when I received the diagnosis of our son, Ian. Fragile X syndrome – never heard of it. These are the lessons my family has learned since that time.
Can you believe your child is starting high school? I know, they were just a toddler yesterday. As you begin this important part of your journey, remember the specifics of this information varies by state, school district and even by school. You know your child best so you want to set up services that work for your child. I tried to cover all aspects for all children with all their varying abilities so some of these items may not apply to you. This might look overwhelming, but if you take it one step at a time, you’ll do great!
Getting to know your local firefighters can help you and your children with Fragile X syndrome in so many more ways than you think. Read about how to engage with them and how it will help your family.
Going to an IEP meeting was always an emotional experience for me. After a couple of years of meetings with a group of people—teachers, psychologists, administrators—who had obviously already made many decisions regarding my son ... I decided to make some changes.
For years, education and special education services—including therapy, counseling and practices geared toward providing the “least restrictive environment”—have been the mainstay for children, adolescents and young adults with Fragile X syndrome (FXS). While intervention literature [...]