Useful resources for parents with special needs children

Hello there,

It’s tough for parents to find out their child might have a learning disability. Especially if it’s not something the parent has ever experienced before. Of course, there is so much information to sift through that it can become incredibly overwhelming, especially if the diagnosis is unexpected or comes later in the child’s academic career. Fortunately, there is an abundance of expertise available to help children and teens with learning disabilities overcome their obstacles.

To help eliminate some of the frustration parents face, I’ve gathered a list of resources. I think there is some great information here, and I’m hopeful you think your readers will benefit from what I’m sharing. This post is shared at

Understanding Dyslexia and How to Help Children Who Have It

The Importance of Self-Esteem for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Parenting Tips for ADHD: Do’s and Don’ts

How to Create an Autism-Friendly Environment for Kids

How to Discuss Puberty with Your Child Who Has Special Needs

Creating the Optimal Environment for a Kid with ADHD

Teens with ADHD: Recognizing Signs of Depression

ADHD and Addiction – What is the Risk?

Teaching the Person with Autism How to Drive

I hope you will find these resources useful and informative. Parents need all the information they can get, but parents with special needs children more so.

Submitted by Kathleen Carter , Educator Labs

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Lima – a true cost-saving cloud device

Always on the look out for a great device that gives innovation. Lima seems such an idea for one-off cost (£70) you can have portability of all your files and folders across all your devices without the cost of a monthly fees.  The way it works it connects your files and you via your external drive and your modem – so its accessible whenever you need it. With powerful encryption that only you can know and access it is safe from hackers – especially if you use an unbreakable code of random letters and numbers. The question to ask is – do you need access to your data all the time – data being photographs, films, documents, etc? I am not sure yet I need that. I do use cloud based storage which I use to do applications with rather than use data all the time. I have a google drive and a dropbox so not sure I need this yet but the idea is based on you being able to access your data remotely – even when you computer is switched off! That maybe a reason. Anyway want to know more?


Supporting older students with Dyslexia

On the front cover of Special World you will find a follow-up article looking at the needs of older students with Dyslexia where ICT can help. It’s not a definitive but gives 10 suggestions for the type of products that would help those at work as well as at University.

Here is the link to follow:-

Supporting older students with Dyslexia


Working4 ( £1.49 iOS)  is a simple reward app using PECs therefore suitable for younger pupils or those who need a simple access. I have my views about rewards which is I think if the activity is sufficiently rewarding in itself. But there are activities and tasks which are difficult for learners and therefore to encourage the learner having rewards are key!  What I like about this app is that you can add photos you have in your gallery as rewards, Really useful for creating your own types of rewards. Using another  app  Pic collage  ( £free iOS) you could design a pictorial reward system yourself!