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Learn to be Buddies - Amanda's series on social skills

Pass the message on to others and help children learn to be buddies by....

Subscribing to our monthly newsletter.

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Becoming a Fan of Learn to be Buddies on Facebook.

Follow us on twitter as Includekidswdis. I'd love to catch up with you there.

Here's a short update on what's been happening in the last month, and some links that may interest you.

April Autism Awareness: Stories from parents of children with Autism


April was a very busy month as we focused on Autism Awareness. The main thing that I did to support this was to publish stories from parents of children with Autism on the Learning to be Buddies Blog. Make sure you pop over and read their stories. They will touch your heart.

You can find out more about Autism by visiting our Autism Awareness page.

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Tell others about your service, event or products through sponsorship at Learn to be Buddies

When I first launched Learn to be Buddies it was all about the series of children’s books and teaching materials I am writing. But then I began to blog and produce printable information sheets for parents and professionals. And now what started out as a bit of a hobby to accompany the Learn to be Buddies Series has grown so much that … well, it’s too big to treat as a hobby any more.

I want to keep providing free information to parents and professionals. But to do this I need your help.

If you have a business, blog, service or event that fits with philosophy of Learn to be Buddies, you now have an opportunity to reach almost 970 Twitterers, over 600 Facebook fans and friends, about 90 blog followers and more than 100 newsletter subscribers by becoming a sponsor of Learn to be Buddies. You can be listed in our link directory, book a spot in our newsletter, share your information by sponsoring an information sheet so it can be made freely available on our website, or take advantage of a one-month feature on our home page and blog.

We have separate pricings for charities and businesses. We also have heavy discounts for early birds. So visit http://www.learn2bebuddies.com.au/pages/becomeasponsor.html for more information and get in early.

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A new product

This month I am releasing a new Dave is Brave activity plan called What if they Don't Stop? This is all about teaching children other things they can do to deal with bullying as an alternative to saying, "Stop!" It is based on the concept of the hand diagram, first introduced by Ken Rigby - an Australian academic who has done much important work on the issue of bullying. Visit the Learn to be Buddies Series blog to read more.

The Activity plan includes an article to help parents and teachers understand the different phases of bullying and how to decrease the chances of it escalating to the point of being difficult to stop. I have also designed awards, images, and a social story to help teach children what to do in response to bullying.

I have also developed a video clip and a poster to be used in conjunction with this activity plan. This month these two items will be on sale in our online store.

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Helping your child concentrate, remember and follow instructions

This month I will be writing a series of blog posts about what we call executive functioning. This is what helps us to plan ahead, control our impulses, store and retrieve verbal information and adapt to what is going on around us. ADD/ADHD and Autism are amongst the conditions that effect executive functioning. This means that children with these conditions find it hard to follow instructions, learn by listening and control their emotions.

To find out more, or follow the series of articles, visit www.learn2bebuddies.blogspot.com


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Reg Mudrock commented on Amanda Gray's blog post Living with ongoing difficult behaviour
"Thanks SO much for the information! I'm starting student teaching Aug. 9th and the DESTRUCTIVE AD(h)D kids are the ones I worry about the most!"
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ADHD can effect the way you think about your abilities

Executive function is like your own personal search engine.When you face a task or situation, this brain function immediately goes into search mode. It asks the questions:Have I done this before?How did I do it?What did I do that was successful? What didn't work?This helps you to face the task or situation with a real sense of your abilities and limitations. Why some toddlers have no fearMany toddlers do things that give their parents heart-attacks (not literally, of course). Things like…See More
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I am a special education teacher who is now lecturing and tutoring at university, talking to undergraduate teachers about including children of all abilities in their classrooms. My specific interest area is looking at ways we can better support both children and their parents.
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ADHD can effect the way you think about your abilities

Executive function is like your own personal search engine.



When you face a task or situation, this brain function immediately goes into search mode. It asks the questions:

  • Have I done this before?
  • How did I do it?
  • What did I do that was successful? What didn't work?
This helps you to face the task or situation with a real sense of your abilities… Continue

Posted on May 15, 2010 at 7:04pm

Bullying amongst girls... relational aggression

Do girls bully different to boys?



Most of us will answer that question with a resounding yes.... then falter. Because sometimes the way girls bully each other look very much the same as what boys might do.



But there is a difference. And it is important to recognise this difference as "girl bullying", or "relational aggression" (Randall & Bowen, 2008) can sometimes be overlooked and not… Continue

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

Some tips for a peaceful Christmas

On this day of only 2 sleeps to Christmas it is time to write my last post for the year. I thought I would make it a short and sweet list of things to do that may help you have a more peaceful Christmas if you are including a child who has special needs. Many of these were suggested to me by parents of children with conditions such as Autism.…



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Posted on December 22, 2009 at 9:00pm

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At 6:53pm on March 03, 2010, Susanne gave Amanda Gray a gift
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Happy Birthday Amanda
At 5:52pm on August 13, 2009, Dana Arcuri said…
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CONGRATULATIONS, Amanda, on having your book published!!!! This is so exciting and I am happy for you!!!
At 5:20am on July 8, 2009, Bryan Hutchinson said…
Hi Amanda, it's great to have you here whenever you have the time :)

Congrats on publishing your book!!

Bryan
At 11:11am on May 17, 2009, Dana Arcuri said…
Hi Amanda! I have seen you on ADDer World, but I did not realize that you are a special education teacher, until I visited your profile page. I have three kids who have all been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities. After my son was diagnosed with ADHD, I started suspecting that I have ADHD. Eventually, I was evaluated and diagnosed with ADHD.

I attempted stimulant medication, but unfortunately, it was not a positive response so I now use natural alternatives. It is not a cure all, but it does help relieve some of the symptoms.

Do you work with elementary age children? My sister-in-law is in college and majoring in special education. One of my good friends from high school has a masters degree in special education. Do you think that there are more kids with special education needs now than in the past?

My 8th grade daughter cyber schools at home. It is a "virtual" class room, but there truly is real teachers teaching each class. My daughter has a microphone and headset in which she can literally talk with her teachers and/or classmates. My daughter was evaluated in Dec. 2008 for learning disabilities. At the exact same time, she was evaluated by another professional for ADD. The end result is that my daughter has learning disabilities and inattentive ADD. She is receiving special education through the cyber school, but it is rather challenging for my daughter because it is not a class room setting.
At 9:10am on May 12, 2009, summscott said…
Not a problem. I love to help I will be emailing you several things on Saturday evening.
At 2:38am on May 11, 2009, Bryan Hutchinson said…
Amanda, I have added your link to the front page, left lower column :)
At 10:09am on May 10, 2009, summscott said…
I will email you several things in the next few days that are really good. that will surely get the point to you newbies!
At 9:38pm on May 6, 2009, hope4josh said…
Amanda....Your more than welcome to use my words. Gosh, if I knew they were going to seen, I would have spent more time on the letter. Hee Hee.

I'm so glad that you were able to have a great discussion about the letter. I'm humbled that it was able to effect others in such a postive way. :)
At 12:40am on April 18, 2009, summscott said…
Hey you just tell me what you need and I will be very happy to help you out in what ever way That I can..
At 2:42am on April 1, 2009, Talitha said…
I read about your food allergies... have you heard of the blood type diet? it is the idea that each type has different nutritional needs. your allergies sound similar to mine... are you perhaps blood type a?
 
 
 

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