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All Signs Point To My Smart Hands
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Adaptive Resources
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Signing With Your Child With Special Needs
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The Best Cameras For Kids
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When A Stranger Has No Social Filter…

All Signs Point To My Smart Hands

Since my first year of teaching, long before I had children of my own, I ran the Sign Language club at the school where I taught. I trotted out my choir of shiny faced six year olds onto the stage where they signed “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” to music. There wasn’t a dry parent eye in the house. I obviously considered signing to be more of a novelty act, than a life altering skill. I had NO idea how important the role ASL would ultimately play in my life. When I taught my son sign language nearly eight years ago, I relied on library books and bland, one dimensional websites.  Once Avery came along, and it became apparent sign language would be an essential tool in her development, I searched for innovative new ways to teach her. When Laura Berg posted a video on YouTube of her baby signing, it went viral. People were astounded by her 18 month old’s level of skill. They wanted to know how she did it and how they could teach their children to do the same and…My Smart Hands was born. I love Laura’s fresh approach to teaching ASL.[…]

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Adaptive Resources

  Sports & Rec Programs For Kids With Disabilities — Ontario DANCE & GYMNASTICS: Artistic Dance Scene Adaptive dance class—elements from jazz, ballet, acro. Fun, safe, happy environment where kids with disabilities can dance! www.artisticdancescene.ca 905-845-7272 Burlington BGs Gymnastics Instructor led gymnastics and trampoline classes for children with a developmental disability. www.burlingtonbgsgymnastics.com  905-634-0310 Dance Elite Milton Dance Ability is Dance Elite’s newest dance program for children of all abilities. www.danceelite.ca 905-878-5736 Marie Ann Longlade School of Dance Mississauga Creative movement dance class designed for kids with special needs. Taught by fully certified early childhood educator. www.marieannlongladeschoolofdance.com 905-276-7471 The Dance PAC Mississauga Love to Dance program for children 6 and up with cognitive and/or physical exceptionalities. www.thedancepacinc.com 905-542-2307 Kid’s Super Gym Mississauga A structured gymnastics program designed to introduce, establish and build fundamental gymnastics skills including strength conditioning, co-ordination, balance, flexibility and agility. www.kids-supergym.com 905-607-5437 Schlegel’s Gymnastics Centre Oakville Focused on fun, fitness adn the fundamentals of gymnastics in a non-competitive environment. www.schlegelsgym.com 905-842-3537 AQUATICS: City of Mississauga — Children with special needs swim lessons. Participants must be accompanied by caregiver over the age of 14. www.activemississauga.ca 905-615-4100 City of Oakville — Aquadapt Program: 1:1 swimming lessons. www.oakville.ca 905-815-2000 Lynne Patch Aquatics[…]

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Signing With Your Child With Special Needs

Sign language–I can’t sing or sign its praises enough. Signing with my speech delayed child from the time she was an infant, helped us communicate and has played a tremendous role in her development. For those who doubt the validity of signing with your baby, the science backs it up. But I don’t need scientific evidence, the proof is sitting right beside me.  Our daughter is still significantly delayed in expressive language, but she’s able to put together simple 4-5 word sentences. To be frank, the girl never stops talking. Like, never. It’s a steady stream of questions, comments and a running commentary of observations over here. Music to my ears.    Do we still sign? Absolutely. You’d be surprised at how handy (pun intended) signing can be.   Last summer when the kids were out on the lake tubing, Avery signed “Stop!” to me in the boat. Then she made the sign for “cold.”    It was too loud to hear her words over the boat motor, even if she’d shouted. Two simple signs and her message was clear.    Potty sings are also a subtle way for her to tell me from across the park that she needs to[…]

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The Best Cameras For Kids

We’re a society of photo fanatics. Is it any wonder our kids are obsessed with wanting their own cameras? When my son was younger we got him a chunky kiddy cam. He used it for a little while but complained, “My pictures suck!” Being a proper parent I corrected him by saying, “We don’t say suck. We say, the photo quality sucks.”  At thirteen we got him a grown up DSLR camera and he hasn’t put it down since.  When his little sister asks to use the fancy camera we smile and say, “Not a chance butter fingers. That camera cost more than mummy’s wedding ring.”  She has her own kiddy camera, but like her brother’s before, it’s chunky and the photos are complete rubbish. So what’s a parent to do when their pint-sized photographer asks for a camera? We gave our daughter a hand-me-down iPhone last year (for pictures and texting) and she dropped it about 80 times and then lost it forever.  Thankfully we found a fantastic kid friendly camera solution! Two in fact. At a recent VTech product preview I was introduced to the most kid friendly cams you’ve ever seen. They are picture perfect.  First is the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2—a[…]

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When A Stranger Has No Social Filter…

When it comes to social graces, some people completely missed the boat. Were they born without a filter or did something happen to make them that way? I have no answers here, but I do have a story.  A few months ago I was at the grocery store with my daughter and the cashier criticized my parenting. No qualms, no mercy, she flat out tried and convicted me without knowing a thing about me or my daughter. You can read about how enjoyable that was HERE.  Turns out, this was the same cashier who a few years earlier (she’s a lifer at our local grocery store… lucky, lucky us) berated my friend in front of a long line of customers. She made a snap judgement about her parenting (she is a wonderful, loving parent by the way), and called her out for being what she deemed “a negligent parent.”  Seriously lady?! a) Who do you think you are? b) You had no idea what this mother was dealing with that day. c) Ever heard of customer service? d) If you don’t have any nice to say, zip it. e) Your conveyer belt is always sticky.  Yesterday my sister in law and[…]

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