Every weekday, I'll post a question here on a topic in Today's Special-Needs News with a link to a Readers Respond page for your answers. Take advantage of this daily opportunity to express yourself -- hey, how often does someone actually ask for your opinion?
Question of the Day for Friday, July 25, 2014
On the Inclusive Class podcast, my cohost Nicole Eredics and I have been discussion inclusion for about three years now, talking with educators, parents, and advocates about what it takes to make inclusion work. As we prepare for a month off and a new format in the fall, it's time for you to give your answer to that question: What does it take to make inclusion work? Share your response on the Readers Respond page, and look into the inclusion folder on this About.com site for some ideas on what it is and isn't, and how you can make a difference.
Question of the Day for Thursday, July 24, 2014: Items in today's news including a video celebrating the beauty of kids with special needs and the way they're often underestimated just because no one takes the time to consider that they might hear and learn and understand. As parents, we need to be our children's public-relations representatives, making sure everyone understands the great things they're capable of and their worthiness of love and respect. Has your child done something special lately you'd like to brag about? Share it on the Readers Respond pages for "Look what my kid can do!" For more on having high expectations for our kids, read a post I wrote for Hopeful Parents a few years back, "But What If They Can?," and articles about differentiated instruction and inclusion advocacy on this site.
Question of the Day for Wednesday, July 23, 2014: On this week's Parenting RoundAbout podcast, my About.com colleagues and I shared our favorite tips and tricks for surviving theme-park trips with kids. Now it's time for you to pass on your tips by answering the Readers Respond question, "What are your special-needs strategies for Disney theme parks?" For more on the topic, read my articles on "Planning a Disney Trip With Sensory Processing Precautions" and "Preventing a Mickey Mouse Meltdown."
Question of the Day for Tuesday, July 22, 2014: An item in today's news looked at researcher into caregiver stress and possible treatments. How do you handle the stress of caring for your child with special needs? Share your tips on the Readers Respond page, and look for some more ideas in my folder on stress management.
Question of the Day for Monday, July 21, 2014: In the news today was an article about Red Band Society, an upcoming show on Fox about young people in a hospital pediatric ward. What special-needs TV would you like to see? I have some ideas of my own. Share yours on the Readers Respond page. And if there's an existing special-needs-related show you love or loathe, write a review and tell us what you think.