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February 1, 2018,

Happy New Year! Hopefully you have recovered from the holiday season, and ready to work on your child's' IEP for the spring! I am known to save every paper, and I found a great paper for parents from 2004. 
This may come off as chastising parents, but the recommendations are really fantastic, and will get you to where you want your child to be for this, and next school years. Robert Crabtree, a Special Education Attorney, has written many papers, including being published on Wrightslaw.
We often make the mistake of thinking that we have made friends with school district staff, and there are wonderful staff members out there, but they are doing there job. It's not personal like it is for parents. Staff have the responsibility to ensure your child meets an annual goal, parents have the responsibility of ensuring we raise our children to their full capacity for a lifetime. 
With that said, its a new year, redirect yourself if necessary, and advocate for your child! This paper with 13 recommendations, is just as relevant 14 years later. You can find it herehttp://www.aboutkidsadvocacy.com/2018/02/mistakes-parents-make.html


All the best, 
Christine
  
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November 14, 2017

As the holidays approach us, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of the stress that is palpable from November to January. As adults, we plan and stress and everything usually works itself out. 

Kids-totally different, they have their own stress (and excitement) and the more flustered parents are, the more kids act out. As your planning, also plan activities for your child. 

Try to avoid countdowns and remember the cookies and cakes are everywhere, so keep an eye on the sugar intake. Lastly, look at this time though the eyes of a child. Be happy, be kind and be well! 

Welcome 2018 with love, warmth and happiness!


All the best, 
Christine
  
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October 26, 2017

Hello to the world! Business is thriving this fall but I want to highlight an area where we are hearing is a constant issue for students with disabilities. COMMUNICATION

We are seeing more cases of students who would be considered non-verbal not being taught an alternative means of communication. This could be things as simple as picture cards or PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), taking digital photographs with double sided velcro, for infants and order using Baby Signs, sign language, sign and verbal approximations, and if we add technology, really, the ability to communicate becomes endless with various programs (some require a single touch on a picture- others you can type and it speaks for you. Communication is vital for any two way relationship. 

Please take a look at this graphic, and make sure your child has, or will have a way to communicate each of these areas. 




All the best, 
Christine
  
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June 7, 2007

As another school year has come and gone:
All the best, 
Christine
  
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May 4, 2017

If you are lucky enough, you will meet a person in your life that makes you want to be a better person. Not that you're a bad person, but this person will make you strive to be better.. They probably not even aware of the impression they leave on you. And you may never realize the true impression they have left on you.

I am not referring to people in your life such as a parent or a spouse. This is just a unique individual who radiates positivity and you learn, no you want, to do different, or better, and you may not even connect that it is because of the singular actions of this person. The student learns from the teacher. 

highly recommend having a "grateful" jar in your home or at your office. This simple jar can hold accomplishments, things you are grateful for, positive experiences, happy events and so on. It does not need to be big things either. Sometimes I am just grateful I don't have to cook dinner.  Save each month, and at the  end of the year look back at all of the wonderful notes in the jar. I promise you won't regret it.



All the best, 
Christine
  
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April 7, 2017

Most people in the disability community are aware that it is Autism Awareness Month, and there is a lot of promotion related to autism awareness, so I am going to take the opportunity to discuss  something different, and often forgotten: self-care.

You need to find something that make you feel good and gets you away from your disabled child. Some suggestions have been going to get a massage, go to a concert and rock out, go to your local library and quietly read a book. and my personal favorite, go to the movies and FINALLY watch a movie that is not rated "G". 

Most people who are dealing with stressful life circumstances don't realize that what is requested of them is not the norm. Soon waiting for the bus, going to your child's many therapists, going to a parent support group just becomes a way of life. 

If nothing else, learn to breathe- not the breaths that you do all day long but that deep breath where your chest and  abdomen stomach rise and fall together. Repeat several times throughout your day.

Just remember, if you are not taking care of yourself, you can't take care of your loved ones!

All the best, 
Christine
  
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March 3, 2017

About Kids is very excited to open another branch of our quality advocacy services and our (free!) developmental screenings for ages 0-5 in...wait for it...Utah! 

Yes, through data and research we realized that Utah/St. George area needs assistance with federal and state compliance, and well as services interventions, and a legally compliant IEP process. 

In just a few weeks since opening the St. George office, we already have a half dozen clients! We are very excited to have this unique opportunity. For more information visit our FB Page or email tisha@aboutkidsadvocacy.com

What we have realized is that Washington County, Utah is a beautiful community of several cities where individuals help and support one another. Their schools are fantastic for general education students, but there is a lack of identification of students with disabilities, services for those with an IEP and IDEA compliance. 

We feel this is a great opportunity to support the community and children with disabilities!

All the best, 
Christine
  
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February1, 2017

Happy New Year to you and your family from About Kids! 

We look forward to an exciting year with several twists and turns. Los Angeles Children has merged with About Kids Advocacy to become one advocacy team. You may notice changes in web pages that take you to Los Angeles Children, or visa versa but we expect to have everything integrated by summer. No worries, the same great people are still behind the scenes assisting kids!

About Kids strongly believes in early intervention. Kids benefit from services at any age but the research shows that the earlier a child is identified and services initiated the better the outcomes. As such, About Kids offers FREE early start screenings. It your parent gut feeling is telling you that something might not be right, just call us to schedule an appointment. We will evaluate all of the  domains and, if necessary, write a referral to the appropriate agencies. We can also begin to provide services at a nominal cost. 

We have the addition of new locations- and now provide services in California, Nevada and California!

This year our focus will be mental health. Regardless of the cause of the behavior, children have the right to learn the same as their peers. We will strongly focus on cases where students are being bullied, students with substance abuse problems, students with a trauma history and students with psychiatric diagnosis. Often these are very smart kids, but are misunderstood and just need the adults around them listen to them and provide positive support. We look forward to working with these kids. If this sounds like your child, give is a call for assistance.  

If you would like to keep up with About Kids Advocacy and the exciting changes this year holds, join our mailing list on the left side of the page. Until we meet, smile, stay dry, and hug your kids!



All the best, 
Christine