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Holiday Tips & Tricks

Hey Community! We asked you about your favorite tips and tricks for getting through the holidays. Here are the top 6...

Have sound blockers available at all times.Keep your child's favorite snacks on hand.Traveling? Plan ahead with a social story and written schedule.Make sure your child's favorite toys and fidgets are on hand.At gatherings or crowded spaces, plan an escape route or identify a quiet location to retreat to if needed.Know your limit. Sometimes parents need a snack or quiet location, too! Sound familiar? These are great tips for all family members, huh?

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Back to school tips & tricks by Heather Olivier

Heading back to school is always a big deal in our house.  It is a time of huge transition and change.  That transition causes increased excitement and increased anxiety.  Sometimes that looks the same in my household.  I have learned over the years that some strategic planning can help ease some of the back to school jitters.  The following are my top seven tried and true tips for a smooth transition (or relatively smooth) back to school.
IEP or 504 - If yourchild has an IEP or 504, find it and review it.  If you don’t know where it is or don’t have a copy, request one from the school or your child’s case manager.  It is important to know what is included in the document and what might be missing. One-Page Profile - Create a one-page profile.  A one-page profile is a great way to capture key information on how to best support your child in the classroom and other environments.  FACT Oregonhas examples and templates that you can use to create one. Parent Input Statement - Do you have a…

Traveling to Doernbecher? Tips and tricks from an experienced Mom... By Lauren White

So you’re going to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Over the years our family has been up there quite a bit and we have learned some tips and tricks that might help your family make the process a little smoother. 
Hi, my name is Lauren and I am married with two kids. I have a daughter who is 9 and a son, Bauer, who is 7. We live in Medford. Bauer was born with a Rare Chromosome Disease that resulted in Developmental Delay, a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, low muscle tone, mild/moderate hearing loss, and vision issues. For the first few years of his life he ate through a g-tube. 

On the night Bauer was born we found out that he had Tetralogy of Fallot. We were told he would have to go to Doernbecher so he could have it repaired, but we weren’t sure exactly when. It ended up that he required his open heart surgery at three months old. It was a terrifying time, but we found great comfort from the doctors and nurses at Doernbecher. I think what I took away from our first visit …

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