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« on: August 11, 2008, 04:05:54 AM »

I have an amazing little 14 month old dd,  K who happens to have down syndrome.  I am wondering if there are any other parents using this system for their kids with special needs.

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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2008, 05:53:42 AM »

if i remember exactly Glenn Doman began his teaching ideas working with special needs kids, including Down's syndrome.  And when he turned them into geniuses, he realised he was truly onto something!! He had them all playing violin by 2 or so.  His books are worth reading (just order them in to your local library from some other interconnected library if yours doesnt have the info). 

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2008, 06:04:58 AM »

I have actually been doing a bit of Doman stuff - especially from the physically superb book.  Violin by age 2 though! That's  amazing.  I'll have to loook into it!

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2008, 07:27:43 AM »

you might be interested in my post in early learning about Brain Gym.

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2008, 02:23:28 PM »

I have the cutest little boy with Down Syndrome named Jason. He is 28 months old. Kmum, I would love to know what you are doing with Kay. Jason does a bit of signing, loves books but I have done no special programs with him. We don't have access to Doman's NACD here in South Africa but I've read a couple of his books but I have not had the time (been homeschooling 3 older boys) to implement his ideas.

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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2008, 01:24:24 AM »

We have been doing some reading and bits.  Now that K is crawling we are trying to encourage it We have nylon tunnels to crawl in & other things.  We are also doing the beginning stages of brachiating ( she will swing from our thumbs).  Everything we have done I've gotten from books or the internet.

My hardest problem is finding time to fit it all in though.  This summer has been even worse, so hopefully it will be a little easier when the older kids to back to school. 

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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2008, 09:53:19 PM »

Hello,

My son is nearly four now.  He has a rare genetic disorder (which noone knows what it is).  He has profound and complex learning disabilities and does not communicate much.  However, being a teacher myself I do my best to teach him.  I use a lot of teaching aids, such as flashcards, multisensory aids, slideshows and auditory devices, which all contribute to make the lessons fun and stimulating.  Moreover, he uses a large pressure switch connected to a computer, such that he could play computer games and also to communicate with us.  At the end of the day it can be very tiring but rewarding.  I have a younger daughter as well who helps him a lot. 

My son's condition is very different from Kay's or Jason's, but I know that unfortunately all situations are pretty tough.  In our case the toughest part is that he is not mobile so that adds to the problem.  Are there any other parents to children with physical disabilities as well as learning difficulties?  I would really like to talk to someone else in my situation!!

By the way, thanks for addressing this problem.

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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2008, 12:38:48 AM »

I have been away for a bit so I have been slow in responding.  It's nice to see other mom's in similar situations here.  I would love to keep in touch and see how your kids are doing!

Nikita - thanks for the brain gym info!  : smile

Khloe - nice to hear from you.  If you don't mind me asking, is it likely that your son will become mobile at some point? I can only imagine how difficult that will become as he gets bigger.  Kids with down syndrome have hypotonia( low muscle tone) - they generally do everything typical kids do physically just take a little longer getting there.  Typically they walk around 2 years or so.

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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2008, 04:37:44 AM »

Cherylb & Khloe, I'm wondering how things are going for you.  Are your kids  enjoying the program?

K really sems to enjoy it.  She seems to really be interested in the number dots.

Any other special needs moms out there?

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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2008, 12:33:57 PM »

Hi there,

Lately I've been very busy, and my kids take up a lot of time.  Little Reader is very interesting for Nikolai (my son) as he enjoys pressing his switch (instead of a mouse) and changes the picture.  Apart from a cause and affect tool, indirectly it also teaches him the sight words.  Leah (his sister) enjoys it as well. 

Kmum - Unfortunately, I don't think that Nik will ever walk independtly as his sitting balance is still very poor, and he'll be four in November.  But anyway, with walking aids he can make it.  Last April we went abroad to get him a special walker from England -- the David Hart Walker but up till now it has not been successful as Nik doesn't want to use it  Sad

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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2008, 11:27:55 PM »

Nice to hear from you! 

I'm glad Nik enjoys little reader.  I think we will be very pleased at how much they learn from it.  I hope he decides to use his walker soon, I'm sure he will when he is ready, but sometimes it is hard to wait on their schedule.



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« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2008, 08:42:47 PM »

Hi there, my friend has an older child with special needs - he's 14 years old and they have struggled to find a school that will take him in.  Do you think this program would help him?  Or is it only designed for up to 5 years old?  Anyone know???

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« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2008, 10:38:23 PM »

I sure this program could be used for older kids who are learning to read. What kind of special needs does your friends child have? It may be possible to give better advice if we had an idea of the areas that are challenging to him.

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« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2008, 11:18:56 PM »

MY GRAndson too is listed with special needs .he is autistic . he has speech delay .  i am finding site very usful  although he is already 5. the most that worries me is when having tuntrum. he having them because he does not want to stay school.After 3 months summer holidays .Will he settle again ? can u give hints what i shall do.

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« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2008, 12:41:07 AM »

I don't know a lot about autism, but my understanding is that many kids with autism do better with a set routine.  Perhaps he needs to get back into the school routine again.  It is fairly early in the school year yet.  I have heard of people making home made books to show kids step by step how their day will go, perhaps this could be helpful to prepare him.

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