SPIN Live Band


If you haven’t gotten your tickets for the SPIN Live Band then you’ll be missing out on an amazing performance this Friday, February 21st, 2014.

Arlington Heritage Group is happy to announce we’ll be attending the SPIN Live Band performance at The Emerald Room in Philadelphia, this Friday. Their annual event has been very successful, selling out last year quickly last year, and this year as well. Arlington is one of the many supporters of this one night only event, the evening’s performance will include entertainment, a silent auction and delicious food. It’s time to look forward to enjoying a spectacular evening and wonderful music with the SPIN community.

SPIN Live celebrates people coming together as a community to appreciate each person’s talents and strengths. SPIN is a non-profit organization dedicated towards providing quality services and a life of possibilities for individuals with disabilities or without, and their families in the community.

Our final book in our 30 Days-30 Books: Early Intervention Games

We wanted to end our list of 30 Days-30 books on a fun note! Early Intervention Games is filled with games to play with young kids who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other sensory processing disorders (SPD). Designed to ensure that children can’t help but feel comfortable in social situations, this book also teaches other basic lessons including beginning and end, spatial relationships, hand-eye coordination, and more. These games are also perfect in regular classrooms.

Readers describe this book as a great resource for professionals who often find themselves working with children with ASD or SPD. The author looks at the children’s strengths and interests, and looks to engage kids in a social environment. Whether it’s for home or work, you’ll find plenty of group games for children with special needs.

Early Intervention Games by Barbary Sher

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Book #29 in our 30 Days-30 Books

A collection of sixty-three enriching stories, shared by mothers of children with Down syndrome, fill the pages of Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives. Many parents don’t exactly dream about having a baby with Down syndrome, but those that do choose this path often discover unexpected rewards along this way. In this must-read, mothers share a glimpse into their lives, and hope that others who experience similar circumstances will find understanding. One of the most inspiring and honest books you can read, Gifts isn’t filled with made up fairy-tales, but the joys and struggles that come with raising children with Down syndrome.

Book #28 in our 30 Days-30 Books

When a new baby enters a family it’s always an exciting experience for all members of the family. Older siblings are always happy to have a new playmate, but what happens when the new baby has a disability?

In We’ll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, 6-year-old Emma anticipates the birth of her new baby brother, but when he’s born her father says he has something called Down syndrome. She wonders if they can still do the millions of things Emma had originally planned to do with her new brother, Isaac. As her father explains, as long as they’re patient with him, and help him when he needs it, there probably isn’t anything Isaac can’t do.

Families with children with disabilities can definitely benefit from this touching story that includes commonly asked questions about Down syndrome with answers for children, and how it might affect their sibling and family.


Book #27 in our 30 Days-30 Books

Who would have thought that you could find such an inspiring and affection look at Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder through dogs? Kathy Hoopmann, certainly did. You might recall her appearing earlier on our list of 30 Days-30 Books with another book by her, All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome.

In All Dogs Have ADHD, Hoopmann combines humor and understanding to show what difficulties and joys arise with raising a child with ADHD, and what exactly it means to be different. An excellent book to help alleviate patients’ and parents’ concerns, and to introduce them to a condition that they might have had difficulty finding any silver linings in before. A bonus? You won’t find any cuter kind of book.

Book #26 in our 30 Days-30 Books

Still wondering on how to tame your wild child? If looking for an additional, or an alternative read to The Explosive Child (the wonderful read we recommended yesterday), you might find yourself agreeing with some of the ideas found in Ten Days to a Less Defiant Child.

Although it seems like many families deal with having a child who throws a few tantrums, it’s underestimated the problems that can arise from such defiant behavior, especially when it becomes chronic. Dr. Jeff Bernstein presents a 10 day program to help parents gain control over their defiant child or teen. The easy to understand guide explains what causes these problems in the first place, why it’s so destructive, and the steps parents can take to end the bad behavior. Simple and very much effective, Ten Days to a Less Defiant Child will help bring the relief to any parent dealing with defiant children.

Book #25 in our 30 Days-30 Books

Called groundbreaking, The Explosive Child is definitely A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children. Patience is a necessary skill, along with tolerance and flexibility, as any parent knows when they’ve begun to raise children. Unfortunately, there are some unlucky parents whose children continue their terrible two’s well into years 7, 8, 9, and onward. And from a medical standpoint, terms labeled by medical experts don’t necessarily help parents even if they are finding the cause of such explosions. Ross Greene, writer of The Explosive Child, is a pediatric psychologist who makes a bold attempt in this book to tell parents just what they need to know-no frills attached.

When nothing else works, your best bet is to turn to The Explosive Child.

Book #24 in our 30 Days-30 Books

Your “smart but scattered” child might struggle with everyday tasks, anything from finishing homework or simply putting away toys. In this helpful book, Dr. Peg Dawson and Dr. Richard Guare shed light on some of the challenges children sometimes face, and they help provide you with the answers you might be seeking on how to help your child with simple tasks. These easy to follow steps identify where your child’s strengths lay, and where they might have some weaknesses. Using activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, you’ll be able to solve the problems that sometimes follow daily routines.

An invaluable resource, parents who have read this book highly recommend this when trying to find tips on helping your kids. Check out Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skill” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential if you need some help. You won’t regret it.


Book #23 in our 30 Days-30 Books

A childhood classic, Al Capone Does My Shirts, takes place during the 1930s on Alcatraz Island. The novel follows 12-year-old Moose Flanagan, who is forced to move when his father gets a job as an electrician at the prison, and where his mother hopes to send his autistic older sister to a special school in San Francisco. During this time period, Moose’s sister, Natalie, would be considered different, since Autism hadn’t been classified yet. And when she’s rejected from the special school, he is forced to spend less time playing basketball in order to take care of her.

An interesting take on how children deal with many coming-of-age experiences, Al Capone Does My Shirts is a must read for all ages. Taking true facts, and utilizing historical research, Gennifer Choldenko will make you feel like you really have taken a step back into the 1930s when you pick up this book.

Book #22 in our 30 Days-30 Books

Earlier this month we shared with you a fantastic book, Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, and now we’re back with a similar book by the same author. Ellen Notbohm shares Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew. In this book she speaks from the student’s voice in order to help teachers realize the thinking patterns that guide most individuals with disabilities, and how to create an environment that will better help them learn.

When Ellen Notbohm first heard to term “autism” applied to her son, Bryce, she knew that she would be wearing a teacher’s hat more often than table manners and tying shoelaces. Raising a child isn’t easy, and most parents are overwhelmed with the idea of becoming a teacher as well when it comes to their child. But if you take some of the things shared in this novel, it might just make things a little bit easier. Start at the beginning:

1. Learning is circular. We are all both teachers and students.