Life Skills Checklist for Special Needs Teens and Young Adults

Life Skills Checklist for Special Needs Teens and Young Adults

This is a list we started working on for all of our kids to set goals for attempting to learn these life skills. Of course each individual living with special needs has different capacities and levels of comprehension. Our special needs son will need help in many areas to achieve this, so in some ways it's a list for us now - caregivers in the future. Maintain relationships - faith in God, home, church, family, friends, co-workers, community Maintain good hygiene Sexual health Caring for clothes - what you wear (washing, drying, ironing, storing, organizing) Using technology for communication (smartphone, email, tablets, desktops) Tie a necktie Self protection (call for help, hand-to-hand, weapon safety) Vaccinations House cleaning, maintenance and organization House emergency prep Kitchen use Technology maintainence Car maintainence Auto emergency prep Personal finance management (accounts, investing, saving, taxes, budgeting, credit score, protection) Personal insurances Personal document management (certificates, passport, records, social security) Career and Work (interviews, job search) Life...
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Context of Play

Context of Play

When our son was diagnosed with autism and behavior & intellectual challenges several years ago, one of the main points the doctor (who had 20+ years experience of working with children) made to us was that everything we wanted our son to truly and meaningfully understand should be wrapped in the context of “play”. That advice has proved consistently true as our son has grown. Successful communication with a special needs child, preteen, teen, young adult, or adult who deals with autism and behavior & intellectual challenges is naturally and sincerely playful. It receives the most notable response. I believe it makes the strongest connections and gains trust with the child you love and you want he or she to know that you love them....
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Benjamin Franklin – We Have an Old Mother

We Have An Old Mother By Benjamin Franklin We have an old mother that Peevish is grown She snubs us like children that Scare walk alone She forgets we're grown up and Have sense of our own Which nobody can deny, deny Which nobody can deny. If we don't obey orders, Whatever the case; She frowns, and she chides And she loses all patience And sometimes she hits us A slap in the fact Which nobody can deny, deny Which nobody can deny. Her orders so odd are, We often suspect That age has impaired Her sound intellect But still an old mother Should have some respect Which nobody can deny, deny Which nobody can deny. We'll join in her lawsuits To baffle all those Who, to get wheat she has, Will be often her foes; But we know it must all be Our own, when she goes. Which nobody can deny, deny Which nobody can deny....
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Common Sense by Thomas Paine

Introduction to the Third Edition Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour; a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. As a long and violent abuse of power, is generally the Means of calling the right of it in question (and in Matters too which might never have been thought of, had not the Sufferers been aggravated into the inquiry) and as the King of England hath undertaken in his OWN RIGHT, to support the Parliament in what he calls THEIRS, and as the good people of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination, they have an undoubted privilege to inquire into the pretensions of both, and equally to reject the usurpation of either. In the following sheets,...
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Virtual Reality to Raise Social Awareness

Virtual Reality to Raise Social Awareness

Check out these examples of how virtual reality (VR) video and technology is being used to help raise social awareness for their causes. VR offers a deeper experience for us to better see and understand the environments and situations taking place in other parts of the world. Project Literacy - M is for Malnutrition Step into Terri's life, and the life of 34 million adults in the U.S. who are unable to accomplish everyday tasks due to illiteracy. Vrse.works - Waves of Grace Liberia has endured the largest Ebola outbreak in history. As communities rebuild, one woman seeks healing through faith. This is the story of Decontee Davis, an Ebola survivor who uses her immunity to care for orphaned children in her village. ...
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Remembering Sacrifices for Justice and Freedom

Remembering Sacrifices for Justice and Freedom

Today we remember all of the men and women who gave the lives in the service of our country as the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that our nation continues to enjoy.  As I skimmed posts and thoughts others were sharing, one in particular caught my attention. It included a short excerpt from President Truman's speech on April 16, 1945 to a joint session of Congress during World War II. "Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices. Because of these sacrifices, the dawn of justice and freedom throughout the world slowly casts its gleam across the horizon." Memorial Day should remind us that every pursuit for a cause is not accomplished without sacrifice. Right here. Right now. We have this day to continue striving to make a difference for others. It is one of the best ways to attempt repaying the immense debt we owe....
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Kreed’s World

Kreed’s World

Kreed's World: A Life Unfinished is a motivating resource for parents, caregivers and families of those dealing with any of these issues: autism, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, SCAD (metabolic disorder), Adrenal Insufficiency, and/or Common Variable Immune Deficiency.  The blog topics will echo your journeys, and educate those new to the experiences. Click here to visit the site and learn more....
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Insight Dialogues with Judith Rodin and Robin Wright

Insight Dialogues with Judith Rodin and Robin Wright

An inspiring conversation this evening between Judith Rodin and Robin Wright which was the first Insight Dialogues from the Rockefeller Foundation. A few takeaways: Engage people to act and share - to be a part, participation - skills and talents; not just giving money. Silence is apathy; let your compassion win - possess everyday drive and get up to fix the broken and unresolved for the betterment of our world. Engage with people/organizations who are on the ground making change. Movements make the change. Repeat your message with conviction that won't let go. Love the cause. The indomitable optimism in the face of extraordinary adversity is powerful to witness. Living thankful, hopeful and joyful despite situations and conditions. No matter if you are a victim or an activist, advocate, partner, etc..., you must have an attitude and outlook that won't give up or quit. Watch 'Making Noise': Robin Wright and the Path Towards Global Equality | Insight Dialogue with Judith Rodin presented by The...
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North Texas CPS To Fix Broken System

North Texas CPS To Fix Broken System

Since 2005, we have known there were gaps which were failing children in North Texas. An report released today, Child Protective Services Dallas County Management Review, confirmed it's time for change. It stated, "much of the crisis facing Dallas County is self-inflicted." Click here to read more. Robert T. Garrett reported, "CPS has been publicly reeling for months. Turnover has skyrocketed as overwhelmed, low-paid caseworkers flee the agency. Cases of suspected abuse and neglect have lingered, leading to missed signs that could have helped rescue children much sooner. And a federal judge has ruled that a key portion of the state’s child-protection work, foster care, is broken and in need of long-term oversight and repair." Click here to read his article....
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