My Big Brother Bobby is officially on the ibookstore!! Woo!
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Sometimes all you need is a big brother to look out for you.
That's certainly the case for Lindsay Cochran, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), according to the YouTube video above. She's been in a wheelchair since she was 2 years old, but her older brother, Trenton, has been by her side all along.
"I would take a bullet for her," Trenton says in the emotional clip above. At one point, he becomes so passionate about sticking by his sister that he begins to cry.
Last year, the pair's extraordinary relationship won them the "Unsung Hero Award"at K-LOVE, a radio show dedicated to sharing positive and encouraging stories. Now, the video of their unique bond is making the rounds online again.
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An Edmonton man with severe autism may not be able to read or speak, but Brad Fremmerlid has a knack for something that many of us often find tedious and difficult. “I could give him a complex LEGO Technic project, up to 1,000 pieces, with over 100 pages of instructions – and without any help at all, he'll simply open up the box, go through the instructions, and he’ll build it perfectly,” said his dad, Mark.Brad has become an expert at reading instruction diagrams and building things after years of practice.
“When he was younger, we always had to keep him busy, so I had him build models. And I thought the best therapy for him to develop his mind was to always build something different. ”After building about 2,000 projects over the past 20 years, the 24-year-old has now started building for others through his company, “Made By Brad.”
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Siblings of disabled children often help care for and support their brothers and sisters, in a wide range of ways from helping them take part in playground activities to undertaking the type of care tasks that we normally expect of adults e.g., looking after their brother or sister during a seizure. Most siblings are very protective towards their disabled brothers and sisters, protecting them from bullying and public prejudice or checking that they are not in pain or discomfort.
But siblings also have needs of their own which may not be met. Siblings of disabled children often have to take a back seat in their families whilst their parents work hard to manage family life and provide the level of care needed for the disabled child. This means they often get less attention from parents, miss out on typical family activities, and they may get less support with their own health and educational needs.
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The mother of an autistic toddler, whose open letter to a kind stranger she sat next to on a plane made headlines, has reconnected with the man who made her daughter smile during a two-and-a-half-hour flight.On Jan. 6, after spending a week at Disney World, Shanell Mouland and her family were on a flight from Orlando, Fla., to Philadelphia, to catch a connection to their hometown of New Brunswick, Canada. Mouland's husband and their 5-year-old daughter, Grace, sat in one row, while Mouland and 3-year-old Kate, who has autism, sat behind them. Mouland was a bit nervous — depending on Kate's mood, the young girl's behavior can range from affectionate to hysterical, so a patient and understanding seatmate would be crucial.
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It was 8:45 on a Thursday morning, cold enough for puffy winter boots but not cold enough for snow. Kat Anderson woke up rooting for at least a dusting, but the sidewalk was perfectly clear. As maybe only mothers of children with autism know, a length of bare pavement that looks harmless to ordinary eyes rarely is.Ordinary eyes don’t notice the cracks and splotches of paint that can become an obsession for some kids or even make them bolt into traffic.
Atlas Anderson, 3, was going to walk to school, tied at the waist to his new Labrador and golden retriever cross. The 70-pound dog was bred to be a sort of life jacket for Atlas, one of the youngest children in Canada to receive a National Service Dog. Kat and George Anderson brought him home — a pretty brick Victorian in Orangeville — just before Halloween after months of intense training.
They had been on a wait list for nearly a year when the charity in Cambridge, Ont., called to say their $30,000 gift was ready. That’s how much each highly trained dog is valued at over the course of its eight- to 10-year working life. National Service Dogs is the first program in the world to provide this opportunity to families with kids who have autism.
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Elizabeth Goulding-Tag, LMSW, coordinator of the Family Support Program for children with developmental disabilities and their families at North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, gives guidance to parents of multiple children, some who have disabilities.
What is it like for children who have a sibling with special needs?
It's very anxiety-provoking. They know their siblings are different, not like their friends' brothers and sisters. They wish they could have the kind of relationship other children have and that everyone could participate in the same family activities. But they also care deeply about their special-needs siblings. Regardless of the age, typically developing children act like mini-parents. They observe their parents taking care of their siblings and learn to take a nurturing role, watching out for their sisters and brothers.
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This is one of the coolest articles I've read in a while. A 12-year-old child prodigy has astounded university professors after grappling with some of the most advanced concepts in mathematics.
Jacob Barnett has an IQ of 170 - higher than Albert Einstein - and is now so far advanced in his Indiana university studies that professors are lining him up for a PHD research role. The boy wonder, who taught himself calculus, algebra, geometry and trigonometry in a week, is now tutoring fellow college classmates after hours.
Read More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1369595/Jacob-Barnett-12-higher-IQ-Einstein-develops-theory-relativity.html#ixzz2pFpoNRYx
Rebecca is an independent publisher working to help siblings of children with emotional challenges.