Special Needs Blog Week in Review – July 1 – 7, 2012

July calendar Once a week, the Special Needs Blog Week in Review gives you a brief summary of each of the blogs that appeared here in the past seven days. This is a fast way to find out about the blogs that you might have missed when they were first posted.

The Special Needs Podcast Roundup went up on July 2, 2012. This week, I’d like to point out an episode of The Coffee Klatch podcast. The episode is called “The Best of the Coffee Klatch – Sensory Processing Disorder”. The episode features Dr. Lucy Miller, author of “Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder”, and Carol Kranowitz, author of “The Out of Sync Child”.

Michael Savage Thinks Epilepsy Medication Affects Cognition
Conservative radio personality Michael Savage probably intended to express his disapproval about how Chief Justice John Roberts voted on the case regarding the Affordable Care Act. He chose to do that by pointing out that Justice Roberts has epilepsy, and making the incorrect claim that epilepsy medication causes “cognitive problems”. It is never good to spread misinformation about special needs.

“Ted” Movie Includes Joke About Lou Gehrig’s Disease
One can expect a movie about a foul-mouthed teddy bear to have plenty of inappropriate jokes. However, making a joke about Lou Gehrig’s disease is hurtful, and not the least bit funny. There is never a valid reason for making a special need, disease, condition, or disability into the punch line of a joke.

What is Intermittent Explosive Disorder?
Researchers from Harvard Medical School have determined that Intermittent Explosive Disorder, or IED, is something that affects around 8% of teenagers. Many who have it are not receiving anger management treatment. IED is not the same as the typical “attitude” that most teenagers express.

Where to Find a Support Group
Every parent needs a break, some time off, and some support every once in a while. Parenting will always have some stressful moments. However, parents of children who have special needs often find themselves experiencing more intense stress, more frequently, than what might typically be expected. This blog has a few support groups for parents of kids who have special needs.

Hellboy Made Zachary’s Wish Come True
The Make-A-Wish foundation made a six year old boy named Zachary very happy. His wish was to meet Hellboy, and also to become Hellboy. This was accomplished, thanks to a skillful makeup team, and the willing help of Ron Perlman, (who played Hellboy in the movies).

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