BY Emily Klein | Monday, Dec 09, 2013 1:00pm |
I read an article recently about a remarkable young man named Quai Jefferson. He attends St. Joseph Regional of Montvale, where he is a senior wide receiver (on the state’s number one ranked football team) and the starting shooting guard on the basketball team. Not only a star athlete, he also excels in his studies with a 3.5 GPA. After school, he cares for his mother who has Multiple Sclerosis and keeps his household humming. He empties her catheter bag, re-dresses the bandages on her bed sores, cooks dinner (pork chops, rice and green beans on the evening the reporter was visiting), cuts her meat up into tiny pieces and settles her into bed. In his spare time (insert throat clearing) he pays the bills, buys groceries, clips coupons and completes his homework, sometimes working until two in the morning before, finally, curling up in bed. At 7:15am, his day starts all over again. Oh yeah, and he’s seventeen years old. Really? Really.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Dec 06, 2013 12:00pm |
There are so many great events to enjoy with the family this weekend.
We’ve told you about local Santa Photo Ops, Local tree lightings, Holiday Sing-a-long with Dan Zanes and Friends, the Brother to Brother Family Winter Pancake Breakfast, and Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day—but there are many more!
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You can check our Calendar for all events this weekend, but here are this weekend’s highlights:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Dec 06, 2013 8:00am |
The YMCA of Montclair is helping to fill a need in the community this holiday season. The charitable nonprofit, has adopted half a dozen single parent households whose children have special needs.
Through the Y’s Giving Tree, they’re asking community members to stop by the Y’s Park Street Branch (25 Park Street, Montclair) to take an ornament from the tree. Each ornament lists clothing, a household item or a toy that’s on a family’s wish list. The tree also includes ornaments to fund or make donations toward youth or teen memberships to the Y.
After fulfilling a wish, community members have until Monday, December 23 at 4 pm to return with their unwrapped item. Once the needs of these families are met, the Y will accept donations of books (readers 1st – 6th grade levels), art supplies, DVD’s and board games for other children in need.
BY Sponsored Post | Monday, Nov 18, 2013 10:00am |
From left: John McKeon, Assemblyman West Orange, Clinical Diretor Megan Acquaro, DPT, President, John Gallucci Jr. MS, ATC,PT, DPT, Occupational Therapist Kathleen Kane, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi
JAG Pediatric Therapy celebrates one year anniversary; continues mission to provide the highest quality pediatric physical and occupational therapy services, individualized for your child’s needs.
We are dedicated to providing a fun, stimulating environment to enhance each child’s development, assisting children in reaching their highest potential. This is accomplished by utilizing a team-based, family-oriented approach and combining our efforts with the latest therapeutic interventions. Pediatric therapists help children reach their maximum potential for functional independence. As movement experts, pediatric therapists evaluate, promote health and wellness, and implement a wide variety of interventions and supports to accomplish this goal.
JAG Pediatric provides both physical and occupational therapy and can help your child with:
BY Emily Klein | Monday, Oct 28, 2013 8:00am |
When you have a child with special needs, it doesn’t take long to realize that even the most common, everyday activities can quickly escalate into a drama rivaling any Housewives Reunion show. A trip to the grocery story turns into a never-ending tantrum and attending classmates’ birthday parties (when your child is invited) can require a week’s worth of preparation. Add into the mix a ‘once a year’ event – like Halloween – and you may consider skipping the frightful festivities all together.
Barista Kids asked some local moms with children who have special needs about past trick or treating successes and we got back tons of great ideas.
Before giving up on your plans to parade your little Captain America around the neighborhood, consider these tips for Halloween with Kids who Have Special Needs:
BY Emily Klein | Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 1:00pm |
Justin Canha at work
Peering through the camera lens, a close up of Justin Canha snaps into focus a young man with autism. Pull the camera back a little and you will see a twenty-something artist (who happens to be autistic) working several jobs. Pull back even more and a wide shot reveals a more complete story of a trailblazer paving the way for a new generation of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are coming of age and yearning to be more visible, more integrated and more independent. This is the story that award-winning film maker Ben Stamper intends to tell in his documentary Don’t Foil My Plans.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 11:00am |
Montclair SEPAC is the Montclair Special Education Parent Advisory Council, which is a volunteer group of parents and guardians that provides support and information to parents and caregivers of children with special needs. Each district board of education is charged under the New Jersey Special Education Code to ensure that a special education parent advisory group is in place to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities.
Montclair SEPAC meets monthly to share information and ideas, raise and resolve concerns, and ensure that issues affecting children with special needs are given the attention they deserve.
The next SEPAC Meeting will be in the library of the Bullock Elementary School on Tuesday, October 29. Myriam Alizo from SPAN Special Needs Advocacy Network,will be presenting.
BY Announcement | Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 1:00pm |
Dr. Temple Grandin, autism advocate and bestselling author, will be speaking at Montclair State University on Thursday, September 26.
Grandin will share details of her latest bestselling book, The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. Other bestselling publications include Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make Us Human, and Emergence: Labeled Autistic. She presently works as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and speaks around the world on autism and cattle handling.
During her presentation, Grandin will share her story of how a mentor recognized her interests and abilities, despite being diagnosed with autism at a young age. Her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes, has been captured in an HBO full-length film, Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes, and has been featured on NPR and major television programs such as “The Today Show” and “Larry King Live”.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 2:13pm |
Every parent needs a list of resources and support to make life easier. If you have a child with special needs, having those resources is extremely valuable. With the help from local parents, we’ve put together a Special Needs Resource Round Up of hair stylists, medical professionals, babysitter services, local parenting groups, and more who specialize or work well with children with special needs: