Adult Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities

Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships that children form. Like all siblings, they may or may not develop close emotional relationships depending on individual differences and circumstances. Regardless, a child’s reaction to a sibling with a disability will have a lasting effect on siblings’ self-esteem and emotional development.  General Well-Being of Siblings According to… Read more Adult Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities

Adolescent & Young Adult Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities

Growing up with a sibling with a disability Sibling relationships often are the longest-lasting relationships that children form. Relationships vary greatly, based on the ages, gender and age span of the children, their shared interests and their family’s lifestyle. Variations in closeness, time spent together, and warmth in sibling relationships are expected in families where… Read more Adolescent & Young Adult Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities

Connecting Individuals With Disabilities With Meaningful Employment

The overall unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is 12.7% (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Nov. 2012), and according to a report from the President’s Committee for People With Intellectual Disabilities (2004), individuals with severe disabilities, such as an intellectual disability or autism, the unemployment rate fluctuates between 80-90%. It is clear that individuals with disabilities… Read more Connecting Individuals With Disabilities With Meaningful Employment

Accompanying an Individual to the Doctor

What is the reason for today’s visit? Adults with intellectual or other developmental disabilities may have difficulties explaining their symptoms or expressing pain, so the health care provider may have trouble determining the presence of an illness or injury. Having a direct support professional who knows the patient, knows how the patient communicates, and knows… Read more Accompanying an Individual to the Doctor

Using a Schedule Effectively for Distance Learning [Caregivers]

Schedules are an evidence based practice that can help children be more available for learning. They are helpful to all children by clarifying what is going to happen, increasing predictability, and making abstract concepts such as time concrete, and they help children be more independent. Here are a few ideas on how you can utilize… Read more Using a Schedule Effectively for Distance Learning [Caregivers]

Principles of Explicit Instruction for Distance Learning [Caregivers]

The text Explicit Instruction by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes outlines a systematic and engaging instructional delivery method called explicit instruction which is appropriate for all children, including those who may be struggling or who may have a disability. Explicit instruction is useful across many of subjects and grade levels. To read the… Read more Principles of Explicit Instruction for Distance Learning [Caregivers]

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are general terms for a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders. The new diagnostic classification system (DSM-5, May 2013) combines the previous subcategories of autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder–not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) into the one category of ASD. Autism spectrum disorder is present early in… Read more Autism Spectrum Disorder