Free App of the Day – Let me Talk – AAC Talker App

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Description from Developer

A free AAC talker app supports communication in all areas of life and therefore providing a voice to everyone. LetMeTalk is donation financed.

LetMeTalk enables you to line up images in a meaningful way to read this row of images as a sentence. To line up images is known as AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication).

The image database of LetMeTalk contains more than 9,000 easy to understand images from ARASAAC (http://arasaac.org). Additionally, you can add existing images from the device or take new photos with the build in camera.

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For LetMeTalk no internet connection or mobile contract is necessary, so you can use LetMeTalk in almost any situation, like hospitals, nursing home or schools.

You can find LetMeTalk tutorials at http://letmetalk.info/support

Suitable for:
• autism symptoms and Asperger syndrome, autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
• aphasia
• speech apraxia
• articulation/phonological disorder
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
• Motor Neuron Disease (MND)
• cerebral palsy
• down syndrome

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Features:
• more than 9,000 images from ARASAAC included
• voice support for images and sentences
• unlimited and flexible creation of new categories and adding new images
• pre configured for kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
• load / save your current profile (vocabulary)
• keep several profiles on your devices and switch fast between them
• share your profile easily with other devices
• switch fast between 2 languages and use LetMeTalk as translator

• supported languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian and German, Chinese, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Polish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Galician, Catalan, Basque
• voice support for most languages

Remember app is free for a limited time and can go back to regular pricing at anytime. Please double check price before downloading.

Download link: Let Me Talk

Free App of the Day – Toca Pet Doctor

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Description from Developer

The pets need your help! In Toca Pet Doctor our animal friends want your love, care and help.

Meet 15 animals who are all craving your attention. Through innovative play you can help the dove, or clean up the pup! Oh no, did the angry worm accidentally twist itself into a knot?
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Beautiful artwork and fun sounds designed for ages 2-6 guides your kids through different activities, empowering them to take care of and feel for the animals.

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FEATURES
√ 15 lively and charming animals
√ When they’re cured, they go back to sleep – wake them up and play again!
√ Feed them flies, seeds and yummy vegetables!
√ Intuitive, safe and kid-friendly design
√ Beautiful original artwork
√ No rules or stress
√ No third party advertising
√ No in-app purchases

MEET THE PETS
– CHARM the charming dog
– BUN our friendly neighborhood budgie
– TARZAN the upside down turtle
– WORM the not so happy earthworm
– BLOB the slimy snail
– POP the spikey iguana
– MOLLY the chipper Guinea Pig
– BISSE the yellow canary
– RASCAL the mischievous cat
– PICKLES the perky pigeon
– CID (pronounced Sssssid) the snake
– DOTTIE the spotted toad
– JESS “pretty eyes” spider
– BRIE the cheesy mouse
– And TOFU the vegetarian rabbit.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS APP IS AVAILABLE FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME AND CAN GO BACK TO REGULAR PRICE AT ANY TIME. BE SURE TO DOUBLE CHECK PRICING BEFORE DOWNLOADING

DOWLOAD LINK: TOCA PET DOCTOR

Horsemanship Program for High Functioning Kids with Special Needs – Open Barn THIS SATURDAY!!!!

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I wanted to let you know about a new opportunity for our friends with special needs, developing at Remlinger Farms in Carnation. They are starting a “horsemanship” program for high functioning kids with special needs. The open house to learn more is this coming Saturday, Oct. 25th.
Website says: Come to our “Open Barn” and experience an Introduction to our program for all children interested in spending more time with ponies.

“Open Barn” – Saturday, October 25th
4:30 pm for all children ages 3 to 10 with parents
6:00 pm focus on Special Needs Children with parents

For more Info. Call Bonnie Remlinger 425-765-0841 or Bonnie Tachell 425-333-4409 or please email bonnie@remlingerfarms.com

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Our Special Needs Classes will teach you all about basic horsemanship. You will be able to ride with a handler and build your self confidence around our majestic animals.

If you are interested classes are forming. For more information or to join please email bonnie@remlingerfarms.com

Disabilities and Bullying – Reference Information form OCR

The Office of Civil Rights came out with a guidance letter today, which gives school guidance on their duties when a student with disabilities is subjected to bullying. OCR considers bullying in this situation to be a denial of FAPE. Per this letter, ” no time should elapse, nor should a child’s safety and well-being be disregarded when an incident is suspected or may have occurred.”

This is a very important piece of guidance for schools and families and should be a very useful tool for advocates. http://1.usa.gov/1ygi9JR

LWPTSA – Special Needs Monthly Meeting – October 28th(Tuesday)

Please join us next week for the following presentation.  This is also a gentle reminder that if you have borrowed books from the Special Needs library cart and are done reading them, please return them to the basket on the top of the cart (or have your child’s school send them via interoffice mail to the Resource Center Curriculum Library).  Thank you.

Margaret Adams, Chair, LW PTSA Council Special Needs

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Dr. Nancy Rosenberg presents:

Dealing with Behavior Challenges at Home

Are you dealing with meltdowns, non-compliance, aggression, self-injurious behavior, or other challenging behaviors in your child with special needs?  Dealing with problem behaviors can present some of the biggest challenges for family members of children with special needs.  This talk will present some practical and positive strategies for preventing challenging behaviors from occurring in the first place and addressing them when they do occur.

Date:   October 28, 2014 (Tuesday)

Time: 7 – 8:00 p.m.  Presentation

8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Questions & Answers
Where: Board Room @

LWSD Resource Center
16250 NE 74th St
Redmond, WA 98052 (at Redmond Town Center)

Nancy Rosenberg, PhD, BCBA-D is a special educator, a behavior specialist, and the parent of a child with autism.  Dr. Rosenberg received her doctorate in special education from the University of Washington with primary emphases on autism and Positive Behavior Support.  Dr. Rosenberg currently teaches at the University of Washington and provides consultation and training for schools and families around children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  Nancy’s son, Brian, who has autism, attended LWSD from kindergarten through transition.

(For up to date information on presentation for the 2014-15 school year (dates and subjects) go to www.lwptsa.net/special-needs )

Parent Training Announced – Adult Spectrum Disorders & Early Adulthood – November 17th, 2014

Courtesy of Candace O’Neill of O’Neill & Associates, I am forwarding you the attached announcement of a training scheduled for Monday, November 17th, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the DoubleTree Suites in Southcenter.  The training, “Adult Spectrum Disorders in Adolescence and Early Adulthood:  Characteristics and Issues”, features Dr. Carol Schall, the Director of Technical Assistance, Director of Virginia Autism Resource Center at Virginia Commonwealth University.  
Dr. Schall will discuss:
·         Characteristics of autism
·         Autism specific research
·         Transition from adolescence to adulthood
·         Positive behavioral support
·         Employment
·         Practical applications of technology
·         Collaboration between schools, employment service providers and home/community living
 
You must register by emailing Candace O’Neill at:  oneillct@comcast.net or calling her at (206) 390-6830
Target Audience:  Employment agencies, community living providers, persons with developmental disabilities and their families/advocates, parents, teachers and paraprofessionals, County, DDA and DVR staff.

Free Halloween Event – Trick or Treating at Seattle’s Children’s Autism Center

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Seattle Children’s Autism Center will host a special “Trick or Treating” event on Saturday, October 25, 2013, from 10-11:30 a.m. Inside the festive and familiar halls of Seattle Children’s Autism Center, children will have the chance to practice trick or treating. This is a free event, open to all ages and siblings. There will be treats, games and prizes.

For more information about the Trick or Treating event, please call the Autism Center at 206-987-8080.