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Self injurious behaviors are, unfortunately, not unusual for kids with special needs. These behaviors could be anything from biting, hitting or even banging their head on the walls or furniture.

Watching your child hurt himself is one of the worst things to experience as a parent. You want to protect your child, help them and comfort them... but they may push you aside (maybe even hurting you in the process) just so they can continue with the behavior.

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Maybe you're like me. Maybe you see a little plastic container and think, "I should keep this. This has potential!"

And then you end up with a bunch of apple sauce snack cups (which can be turned into a tactile matching game) or you hold on to a nice big dish soap bottle (because you want to make a recycled pull toy later).

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I love making fun toys out of material in our recycle bin. You know why? It's free!

I pulled out a big liquid dish soap container because I thought it held promise. We could turn it into a drum, or maybe fill it with dried beans to make a shaker. Or how about cutting it so that we could use it as a huge scoop in the sandbox?

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When I was a kid there was really only one option for your Easter basket... plastic grass.

To be more specific, green plastic grass.

These days the options seem almost endless: Colorful plastic grass, paper grass, recycled grass and even EDIBLE grass (that stuff is fun)!

I've seen parents get creative by filling their kids' baskets with mini marshmallows or even cotton candy (that seems messy), but my favorite idea so far is to actually grow the grass for your Easter basket!

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Spring is in the air and we've already got some seedlings growing in the house for our garden. Ivan helped to plant the seeds and is now helping us water them and keep them in the sun.

Involving your child with special needs in all aspects of your garden can help them feel important and teach them how plants develop and grow. If you're planting vegetables they can also learn where food comes from and enjoy the veggies when they are ripe!

In this article I wanted to cover the basics of watering.

What... watering? How hard can that be?

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It looks like a chair, it rocks like a rocking chair, but it does something that neither a regular chair or rocking chair can do... it hugs!

The HowdaHUG Seat is an adjustable sensory chair that is perfect for kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Some teachers have even called it the "listening chair" because it helps their students focus.

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Lacey entered her daughter's photo in our Facebook Cover Photo Contest and I couldn't help but notice the awesome t-shirt she was wearing in the pic. It says, "My Super Powers are Cortical Visual Impairment & Hydrocephalus."

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You know babies are supposed to sleep on their backs, but did you know that it's important that they get some time playing on their tummies, too?

Tummy time play can help babies develop fine and gross motor skills as well as arm and neck strength, but if your baby has low muscle tone, lying prone on the stomach can be really uncomfortable.

And if your baby can't see, they may not have any desire to push themselves up while laying on their stomach.

So how can you encourage tummy time play? How about with a Tumzee?

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The concept of using your hands to do two different things was first introduced to us by Ivan's Occupational Therapist in Early Intervention.

As a parent I had never really thought about it, but having your left hand hold a loaf of bread while your right hand slices it with a knife is actually a pretty complicated task, especially when you take into consideration that your left hand is controlled by the right side of your brain and vice versa.

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I've heard a lot of talk about 3D printers but it's all just talk. Call my cynical, but I want to see some real-life practical uses for the printer before I get excited.

Well, here's an idea that is pretty exciting: What about creating 3D images of photos taken by the Hubble Telescope so people who are visually impaired can (almost) literally touch the stars? Yeah, that sounds impressive!

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