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Fidgets and stim toys are a great way to regulate both sensory systems and emotions. They can help a body that needs motion, gain that motion. For anxious bodies, they give a rhythmic or focal point to give order to an otherwise disorganized world. These reasons and more, I highly recommend fidgets for all children. When looking at fidgets, there are important characteristics to look at when deciding which fidget to use. [ 348 more words ]
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Fidgets and stim toys are a great way to regulate both sensory systems and emotions. They can help a body that needs motion, gain that motion. For anxious bodies, they give a rhythmic or focal poin…
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Today is Apraxia Awareness Month.

This neurodivergence can often be less known about as it's suspected to only affect 1-2 in 1000 children. However, it has a higher rate of occurrence with other neurodivergent disabilities. Find out more at www.apraxia-kids.org

Image description: The background is an off-center circular indigo gradient. On top it says in gray "a - prax - i - a. Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a speech motor disability that affects a child's ability to coordinate the oral movements to consistently create intelligible spoken speech." In the bottom left corner in a darker gray are the words "May 14 is Apraxia Awareness Day." In the bottom right corner is the Foundations for Divergent Minds brain logo with www.divergentminds.org underneath.

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Foundations for Divergent Minds has an upcoming Professionals Webinar Training in June especially for educators and therapists.
In the professionals’ webinar training, professionals will learn how they can make the classroom or clinical setting supportive using the FDM 5 Foundation Approach.
The Professionals Webinar Training uses on demand video lessons.
Access to the Internet is required. There are payment plans available.
More information about the webinar can be found at... the website link listed below.
http://divergentminds.org/?page_id=251

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Training | Introduction | Parent | Local “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” -Ignacio Estrada Creating a foundation for learning i…
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Executive Functioning is complex and often misunderstood. Without a firm understanding of what Executive Functioning is, when a student is struggling with executive functioning, parents and professionals may assume the student is unmotivated, careless, resistant to help, etc. This could not be further from the truth! Children struggling with EF are working very hard to plan and carry out tasks. Executive functioning is one of the five foundations and an area that includes many skills that impact daily life, success in school, etc. [ 443 more words ]
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Executive Functioning is complex and often misunderstood. Without a firm understanding of what Executive Functioning is, when a student is struggling with executive functioning, parents and profes…
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FDM has an upcoming Parent Webinar Training in June.
In the parent webinar training, parents will learn how they can make the home environment supportive using the FDM 5 Foundation Approach.
The Parent Webinar Training is done by on demand video lessons.
Access to the Internet is required. There are payment plans available.
More information about the webinar can be found at the website link listed below....
http://divergentminds.org/?page_id=245

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Training | Introduction | Professional | Local “Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greate…
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I personally use a color coded system of the same folders, notebooks and highlighters when I was in school. Having a yellow folder, yellow cover notebook and yellow highlighter for social studies, helped me to be organized with executive functioning when I was a student.

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Red box at the top with the words "Supporting Executive Function" in white.
Background is a diagonal split between a white egg shaped timer on a light brown surface,...
various photos of different things and a green highlighter on top of a pink, yellow, green, orange stack of post it notes, and two other high lighters.
Light red box with the words "What ways do you support executive functioning for your child, student or clients?” in white. In the bottom right hand corner is the FDMS logo with www.divergentminds.org underneath.

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With advances in technology, being a neurodivergent person has become slightly easier. Much of the emphasis in school settings has been on tablets for augmentative and alternative communication, for daily schedules, social stories and other support aides, or for audio books and to type assignments rather than write. These tools are wonderful, and as they are general use technologies, they become cheaper and more accessible to a variety of people. [ 256 more words ]
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With advances in technology, being a neurodivergent person has become slightly easier. Much of the emphasis in school settings has been on tablets for augmentative and alternative communication, fo…
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Red Box at the top with the words "Special Interests" in white.
The words "Autistic people don't have special interests." in white. "They have hobbies just like anyone else." in white. "Their ability to sustain attention on it doesn't make their interests "special. “ in white.
Nearby is a red train on a wooden train track on a red background.
In the bottom right hand corner is the FDM brain logo with www.divergentminds.org underneath.

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In an effort to make supporting your neurodivergent child accessible to all, we have decided a monthly series in creating supports in your home on a budget. Today we are creating a Sensory Den. All items were purchased at either a dollar store or Walmart with the knowledge that in many places in the United States these are the only stores accessible. [ 207 more words ]

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In an effort to make supporting your neurodivergent child accessible to all, we have decided a monthly series in creating supports in your home on a budget. Today we are creating a Sensory Den. All…
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A red rectangle at the top with the words "Behavior is Communication" in white.
Below is red rectangle is a stick figure in red with the words "Behavior is negotiating" in red.
The words "Behavior is expressing joy" in red appear next to red flapping hands.
A set of red eyes have the words "Behavior is listening"...
In the bottom right corner is the FDM brain logo with www.divergentminds.org underneath.

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Light Red Background with the words, "Being nonspeaking does not mean having nothing to say." written in red. Nearby is a large red closed mouth.
"It also do not mean not understanding." written in red. Nearby is a large ear in red.
"What you communicate matters, "Not how you communicate." written in red.
"Please listen to me" is written in both text format along with an AAC App that...
has pictures displaying the message.
In the bottom right corner is the FDM brain logo with www.divergentminds.org underneath.

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Hello everyone. We are going to have to postpone our live stream until tomorrow. Unfortunately, Robin got caught in the snow storm making its way through the NE United States and won't arrive at the conference until quite late. We deeply regret not being able to stream tonight.

For this week's Fun Friday, we wanted to introduce to you all the newest addition to the FDM team. Please join us in welcoming our social media intern, Jenn Braden. Starting on Monday, Jenn will be responsible for scheduling and writing the content on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Next two Fridays, please keep an eye out for a little bit about the responsibilities of the rest of the FDM team. And on Monday, we will be doing a livestream after we've arrived at the Society for Disability Studies conference.

Let’s set a scene. Pro-neurodiversity parent decides to “change the script” and posts “Tell us about all of the amazing things your little one does! Let’s show everyone how amazing autistic kids are!” Responses range from cute, funny stories to deep reflections on how children's’ identities teach others around them, etc. I have participated, even, particularly to share something cute my child did or something I love about her. [ 222 more words ]

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Let’s set a scene. Pro-neurodiversity parent decides to “change the script” and posts “Tell us about all of the amazing things your little one does! Let’s show everyone how amazing autistic kids ar…
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Autism Acceptance Month tends to lead to people proclaiming positives about autistic people in an effort to prove we are worthy of acceptance and support. This couldn't be further from the truth.

Image of bubble like circles in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, overlaying it all is semi-opaque white square with purple text "Autistic people deserve support... Not because they're unique or special... Not because they have gifts to bring to society... Not because they see the world in a different way... They deserve support because they're human beings, and all human beings are deserving of support and acceptance." In the bottom right corner is the FDM brain logo with www.divergentminds.org underneath.

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Let's see your favorite memes and infographics from this first week of Autism Acceptance Month. I highly recommend sharing the original link from the creator rather than saving and commenting so credit goes to them.

Picture of with Woody and Buzz Lightyear from the original Toy Story. Buzz has one hand on Woody's shoulder and the other extending out. It has been created into a meme that says "Memes" at the top and "Memes Everywhere" at the bottom.

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