Stanislaus Partners in Education Offers Business Internships For Teachers

Nan Austin of The Modesto Bee shares about a unique, one-week opportunity for teachers to gain insights into practical aspects of teaching, the workings of  local businesses and agencies, and career opportunities for their students.

For more details and how to apply:
http://www.modbee.com/news/local/education/article97078712.html
www.stanislauspartners.com

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A Special Education Teacher Asks, “Where Are My Parents at Back-To-School Night?”

Take a look at this special education classroom at a recent back-to-school night. The teacher shared how significant amount of time was spent displaying what the students have worked on and what they will be learning and doing this academic year. And had this question for parents and educators.

back-toschool night picture from special education teacher

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What’s been your experience or why do you think more parents don’t attend this important school event?

Let’s hear from parents and educators! Please share your comments below.

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#4: Hip Dysplasia, What Parents Can Do for their Children at Risk, Early Signs and Effective Treatments- Interview with Shriners Surgeon, Dr. Jon Davids

By: Meena Tadimeti                                                                                                                         Contributor: specialneedsinmycity.com                                                                           @snimcity twitter logo

Children with severe motor impairments experience hip problems causing pain or discomfort when walking, moving, sitting or standing.  We asked Dr. Jon Davids, a well-known and highly respected pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sacramento to share his insights and expertise in treating children with hip abnormalities, current approaches used and what parents can do early on for their children at risk for hip dysplasia.

Following are a list of questions submitted by parents for Dr. Davids.  The majority of the questions centered on the risk of their children having hip problems regardless of being able to walk or not but suffering from motor impairments.

Dr. Jon Davids, M.D. Shriners

Jon Davids, M.D. , Assistant Chief of Orthopedic Surgery @ Shriners Hospitals For Children: Northern California

Medically Related

  • What are common hip conditions in children with special needs that are able to walk vs. not able to walk?
  • What are children having difficulty as a result of hip deformity in the early stages? Early signs?
  • What can be done in early stages vs. in an established dislocation?
  • Is there a relationship between affected pelvis and onset scoliosis? Does one cause the other?
  • How does it progress from discomfort(early stages) to actual dislocation (advanced stage)? What’s happening to the hip?
  • What tests do you use to assess hip deformity?

Treatments:

  • What is the current approach to treating hip diseases in children?
  • What are the goals of treatment?
  • If you can’t establish the source of pain despite a close evaluation, what treatments do you suggest?
  • What are some surgical treatments offered or considered with kids experiencing progressive dislocation?
  • When is a hip reconstruction considered? How long does it last without a follow-up?

Dislocation of the hip, vintage engraving.Parents’ Concerns:

  • What can parents do to prevent hip Dysplasia?
  • What exercises can help strengthen the muscles that help provide the structure around the hips?
  • Is the pelvic deformity and scoliosis more related to a child’s neurologic involvement or simply the condition of the hip to begin with?
  • Since my kid can’t voice, where exactly is the pain coming from when he’s not able to position himself easily? Muscle, skin or bone?
  • Is my child’s dislocation due to arthritis or hip pain?
  • Can injections with or without therapy alter the disease?
  • Are there any non-operative strategies to treating hip disease?
  • Can surgery prevent dislocation before a particular age?
  • Can spasticity be eliminated completely? In children with Cerebral Palsy?
  • My child has CP and can walk.  If there is no hip pain, is he still likely to have hip disease in the future? In other words, how can I tell if he’s in the early stages?

Show links: Visual Diagram of GMFCS (Gross Motor Function Classification System),  click Here

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“Just Say It Ain’t So,” A Young Mother’s Anguish Over Child with Special Needs

By: Meena Tadimeti                                                                                                                         Contributor: specialneedsinmycity.com                                                                           @meenatadimeti twitter logo

Our family was traveling in Utah last week and one night we were having dinner at a restaurant. Our waitress, Sarah, in her 20s observed that my daughter couldn’t lift her heavy glass of water and immediately transferred it to a plastic cup with extra attention and care. So, I asked her if she was a parent after seeing her quick response with my daughter’s physical challenges (Cerebral Palsy).  She replied with some hesitation but started to share her story.

Sarah shared that she is a single mother to a 2-year old son who has speech delays and displays uncontrollable behaviors. Fearful of her son’s difficult behaviors, she often gives in to his demands while hoping his developmental delays will self-correct.

She conveyed how she didn’t trust doctors, averse to getting her child immunized and didn’t have medical insurance. With no support from family and friends, she expressed feeling isolated and lonely. However, at the same time, she doubted her convictions and her long-held beliefs and assumptions about medical practitioners and treatments. She came back to the table and asked, “what will doctors say if I were to have my son evaluated? I noticed that my son had a fever from being immunized around the same time he was losing his speech.”

special needs journey for new parentsA look of anguish crossed her face as she kept dismissing any suggestions I offered for her child. To her, life made no sense. The world around appeared meaningless and overwhelming, feelings we can all relate to on the special needs journey. Being in denial appeared to be her coping mechanism, a way to currently survive.

As a parent, I had empathy for Sarah’s situation as she spoke about her son. She was expressing her worries and fears while fighting hard to keep the tears from rolling down her cheek. I was careful not to suggest that her child may have special needs since she was in deep pain … a stage we all have gone through as special parents.

I gently explained to her about early intervention and how I found it very helpful with my own child’s speech delays. Still, no sign from her that anything I said was making sense. She just gave me a look of despair and said, “just say it ain’t so” and finally added, maybe I should, yuh?” as she left our table.

What advice would you give to a new parent on the special needs journey? Please share your thoughts by:

Texting us: x33444 with the word, “newparents”
Emailing us: feedback@snimcity.com

If you’re a parent to a child with special needs, come join us in the parent group: use this link: http://specialneedsinmycity.com/join-facebook-parent-group to get started!

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Helping Parents Help Their Children with Special Needs

specialneedsinmycity.com postcardMany of you will be attending back-to-school nights, IEP meetings or meetings with your child’s principal/teacher this week or in the upcoming weeks.

We would appreciate if you would take a moment to share this website with your child’s teacher/principal/therapist or someone you know who has a child with special needs.

Many parents after joining specialneedsinmycity.com tell us that they wished they knew about this site much earlier; let’s help another parent help their child..let’s remove their pain of not knowing.

Thank you so much for helping us get the word out!

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