March 3, 2016

Inclusion: To Be or Not To Be

When I first started teaching I was called an “Inclusion Teacher”… All of my students had a homeroom, checked in there to drop off their things than came into my room to check in with me. Giving me their communication notebooks or any paperwork I needed from home. They then returned back to their classroom. I […]
January 12, 2016

Why Should You Hire a Special Education Advocate?

There are many reasons why a parent should hire an advocate for their child/children’s educational needs. Here are my top 4 reason why a parent should strongly consider hiring an advocate. You hear, “We cannot do that”. Writing/Interpreting Goals Your child is not making meaningful progress You Don’t Agree Always be sure to keep copies of […]
December 3, 2015

Legos, Legos and More Legos!

Do you have a little budding builder or a child that would like the opportunity to socialize with other children? Well, we might have the perfect group for him or her! Our Lego Group meets every Tuesday from 11 am to 12:30 pm and some selected Saturdays! The cost is only $5.00 per child. We are […]
December 3, 2015

Come One, Come All for Family Support Group!

It has been a little over a year now that we have been hosting Family Support groups here at Casper Minds! It’s a free service and it is a great opportunity for you to connect with other parents/grandparents/guardians who are sharing the same journey! Our group meets every second Thursday of the month from 11 am […]
July 15, 2015

Overstimulation in Children

It is very common for children who have Autism, ADHD and Anxiety to experience overstimulation in environments that are very stimulating, ones that they cannot control or ones that are not predictable. The grocery store, having many guest in your home and bouncy houses could be a perfect example where overstimulation could take place. One tip […]
June 16, 2015

Reviewing your Child’s IEP over the Summer!

Summer is the perfect time to review your child’s IEP. Are you satisfied with your child’s progress? Were your child’s goals meaningful, are you thinking about an IEE, did he/she receive the proper services this year and is your child properly placed in a program/environment that meets their needs? Always remember that your child’s IEP is […]
January 30, 2015

Adapted Sports and Recreation Opportunities for Children with Disabilities in Northern Virginia

I spend a lot of time and energy each week watching my son practice and compete in baseball. It’s a full time job watching him play both for competitive travel and our local Little League but it’s his passion so I smile. I also have to admit, as parents is does bring us great joy to […]
January 30, 2015

Grab your Popcorn and Let the Movie Watching Begin!

It’s that time of year again and I’m not talking about gearing up for taxes…I’m talking about movie watching time. When the air outside is freezing and curling up to a good movie is solace. Last year, I posted a blog about sensory friendly movies and wanted to let you know of the current movies in […]
September 29, 2014

Parents Supporting Parents

It seems these days that there are support groups for about anything you can possibly dream of. I did some searching and I couldn’t find anything in the local area that supported parents with children on IEP’s! I thought, wouldn’t it be great if parents could meet once a month and support each other and talk […]