Top 50 Mompreneur Blogs to Follow in 2013 {Infographic}

Wow what an amazing honor!

 

The past few weeks have been so amazing here at SpecialMoms.  Let me share with you why.

First as the picture above states, SpecialMoms has been listed as one of “Top 50 Mompreneur Blogs To Follow in 2013”.  I am so honored to have been contacted by Nicole Orozco, the creative mind behind SapphireGraphics.co to let me know that SpecialMoms has been listed #17 on this list of amazing .  Check out Nicole’s has amazing portfolio of fun, modern graphic designs.  Love how she is promoting her company and passion for graphic design by creating this amazing infographic. (Read more about our amazing news below infographic – it really is amazing!)
Top 50 Mompreneur Blogs to Follow in 2013 By: SapphireGraphics.co.

 

Next we were contacted by PhD in Special Education that SpecialMoms has again been listed on their “Top 100 Special Needs  Resources on the Web”.  Wow another amazing honor to be mentioned is such amazing company.

Top Special Needs Site
 

And lastly and equally an amazing honor, and this is where I need your help.  SpecialMoms has been nominated for the 2013 Reader’s Choice for Favorite Special-Needs Online Community.  Please take a moment to vote for us.  You can vote once a day, every day through March 19.  I would greatly appreciate your support.  Please click on this link to vote: http://specialchildren.about.com/od/readerschoice/tp/Readers-Choice-Community.htm

Thank you all for your amazing support of this community of blessed women.

 

Marla

 

Announcing the first annual SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Giving Guide. With gift ideas for children with all abilities and ideas for the families that care for them. Helping to make gift giving for children with special needs easy and practical. Enjoy!

Click here to view the guide.  Please share with other families who you feel will find this guide beneficial.

Thank you to the small business owners, Etsy shop owners and mom entrepreneurs for participating in our first annual guide.  I wanted to bring to you a guide that shows some really unique and practical gifts for families with special needs children.

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Music: Darius Rucker “Candy Cane Christmas”

Book – “Leah’s Voice” by Lori DeMonia – $12.95

Leah’s Voice is a story that touches on the difficulties children encounter when they meet a child with special needs such as autism.

Children who have a brother or sister with special needs may find it difficult to explain to their friends, or feel disappointed when their friends aren’t more understanding. Leah’s Voice tells the story of two sisters facing these challenges. Through her kindness and devotion, one sister teaches by example the importance of including everyone and showing acceptance.

Mom’s Choice Award Recipient for children’s books for developing social skills.  Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.

Wanted to share another person’s review of the book:

Book Review

Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers Favorite

“Leah’s Voice,” written by Lori DeMonia and illustrated by Monique Turchan, is a great story about accepting each and every person and treating everyone with respect and kindness. Logan’s older sister Leah is on the autism spectrum; however, Logan does not realize this or really think about the differences and the problems it may cause until she has a play date. Abby has never met anyone like Leah and is not willing to understand or make exceptions for how she thinks things should be. For example, Abby does not want to play a game with her and Logan as she cannot sit and play. She takes her turn, gets up and leaves and then returns when it is her turn again. After an article is published about Leah and the art that she creates, Abby realizes that she was not acting nicely toward her and learns that she needs to treat Leah as she would anyone else.

This is a great story that discusses children with special needs. All children should read it as it can be difficult for children to play together if someone has special needs. This story provides examples of situations that may arise and cause tension so that children cannot be happy. For example, Logan missed out on seeing a movie as Leah could not handle going into the theater. The lesson shared at the end of the story is an important one for children to learn and one that adults should also remember day after day. The illustrations throughout the book are well-done as they are bright, filled with detail and go along with the text nicely.

You can order Lori’s book directly through Amazon by clicking here.

Follow her:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leahs-Voice/145360035609771

 

Make sure to stop by Lori’s Facebook page and reference you found her book on the SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

 Book: “The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew” by Lisa Eichlin – $8.99

I had the opportunity to review this book and I loved it.  It was a simple read, appropriate for the ages of 4-10 years old.

What an easy read with an important message.  This children’s book teaches a lesson about friendship and acceptance between a boy named Michael and his best friend the bravest boy he ever knew who is disabled.

I read this to my son and he was so interested in it.  The pictures were great and he was so intrigued by them that he was asking me questions.  I loved how engaged he was.  This is a must read book for everyone, a great way to start a conversation about differences and to explain that people that are different from us are just people too.  They like the same things, want to do the same things and that by accepting their differences can help to open up a whole world of new things to learn and new friendships.

Here is another great review of this book that I had to share:

Lisa Eichlin’s book “Bravest Boy” is an important contribution to a growing list of books about children with disabilities. Not only does the book introduce young children to others who may have a disability but can be just like them, it also exemplifies the extraordinary courage that children with disabilities have. The book and story will help healthy children to better understand and appreciate the disabled. F. Crohn

You can purchase her book directly through Amazon by clicking here.

Follow Lisa:

https://www.facebook.com/leichlin

 

Make sure to comment that you heard of her book through the SpecialMoms Special Needs Gift Giving Guide.

Disclaimer: I received the above product(s) at no cost to me by the company or representing PR agency. All opinions are my own. You may read more of my disclosure here.

 

It’s finally here the first annual 2012 SpecialMoms Special Needs Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

As a mother of a child with special needs, mom blogger and mom entrepreneur I wanted to create a unique guide that is specially targeted to children with special needs and their families who care for them.  The intent was to reach out to small business owners, Etsy shops, mom entrepreneurs and people who have a vested interest or passion for the special needs community.  As a mom entrepreneur I thought this was the perfect opportunity to help support other mom entrepreneurs.

What I found was their experience and interests brought real unique and helpful products that I wanted to share with you.  I hope that the products you find in this guide are practical, but will be helpful and provide a real value to you and your child with special needs.  But more importantly, bring real joy to your holiday season!

As joyous as the season is, gift giving can be stressful especially if you are purchasing for a child with special needs.  My intent with this guide was to make it a little less stressful with practical, reasonably priced items that can provide a real value to the child and their families.

Please share this guide with others and would love any feedback that you may have.  You can either click the picture above or click here to view the guide.

Happy Holidays!

Marla Murasko, Founder of SpecialMoms A Special Needs Parenting Club

 

Special Needs Students: Five of the Best Colleges
Guest Post by: Linda Forshaw

The prospect of leaving home and going to college is daunting at the best of times. Add special needs into the mix and the thought may just become overwhelming for many students and their parents. But should that really be the case? While having special needs can undoubtedly make the college process more challenging, it most certainly does not rule it out. Increasingly colleges and universities are reaching out with tailored support packages to assist those students with disabilities ranging from hearing impairment to autism spectrum conditions. Let’s take a look at five

 

I dedicate this poem to my beautiful son who is truly a blessing sent to us from God.  We are thankful everyday that we were chosen to be the parents of  heaven’s very special child.

HEAVEN’S VERY SPECIAL CHILD

by Edna Massionilla

A meeting was held quite far from Earth

It was time again for another birth.

Said the Angels to the Lord above –

“This special child will need much love.

His progress may be very slow

Accomplishment he may not show.

And he’ll require extra care

                                        From the folks he meets down there.

                                         He may not run or laugh or play

                                     His thoughts may seem quite far away

                                      So many times he will be labeled different, helpless and disabled.

                                        So, let’s be careful where he’s sent.

                                       We want his life to be content.

                                    Please, Lord, find the parents who

                                     Will do a special job for you.

                                     They will not realize right away

                                   The leading role they are asked to play.

                                 But with this child sent from above

                                Comes stronger faith, and richer love.

                               And soon they’ll know the privilege given

                                In caring for their gift from heaven.

                              Their precious charge, so meek and mild

                             Is heaven’s very special child.”

 

Introducing Your Special Needs Child to the School Community

School has already started for us, but in some states your school may be just beginning.  So have you thought about how you can share your child with school personnel?  Ok well what do I mean by that.  Let’s say your child has an instructional aide or some person who supports them during school.  What happens if that aide is absent or goes on vacation and the school brings in a new aide that has never met your child.  What plan do you have in place or does that teacher have in place to acquaint the substitute to your child?

I came across this very situation the other day.  I always walk my son to his classroom and get him ready for his day while waiting for his aide.  But today I noticed there was a new girl that came to the classroom looking like a deer in the headlights, and the teacher asked her who she was.  She said she was the substitute aide.  So the teacher proceeded to ask her if the aide left her any notes about my son and she replied “no”.  So it got me thinking well there needs to be a piece of paper that tells about my son’s routine, schedule, personality, likes/dislikes.

I talked to an advocate who has helped me in the past with my case conference if she knew of anything that people have used, and she forwarded me the attached. FAST -introducing your child to the school community

Here is a blank form for you to fill out and give to your child’s aide, teachers, school personnel etc.  Just save it on your computer and fill it out as needed. Student Snapshot

I think this is a great form to fill out and either keep in your child’s backpack or have the teacher keep in a folder in the classroom.


Hope you find it helpful.