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Special Needs & Moving On projectsThe Special Needs and Moving On Projects provide resources and support for workers at the post office whose children have disabilities. The projects are available to members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Union of Postal Communications Employees (Public Service Alliance of Canada). The Special Needs Project is geared to families with young children; the Moving On Project is for adult sons and daughters with special needs. Life is more demanding when you work and have a child with special needs. Learn more about our Special Needs and Moving On projects.


Transitioning to Summer: 9 Tips for Special Needs Parents

flowersSpring is here, and yet there is talk about the end of the school year.  With less than two months to go, summer vacation will be upon us. Teachers and children are anxiously waiting for school to end, while parents are anxiously scrambling to plan for what to do with their children for two months at home.

Here are some tips to think about as the school year winds down:

1. Evaluate & Review

Schedule a time to sit down with your child’s teachers to reflect on how the school year went.  It’s a great opportunity to evaluate what strategies and approaches worked well so that these can be maintained in the next school year.  You may want to schedule this now, because meetings are likely more difficult to arrange in June, especially if you want certain teachers or educational specialists to attend.

2. Plan Retention Activities

Find out if your child’s present and future teacher have any recommendations for activities over the summer that can help maintain and practice skills that will be beneficial for the next school year.   This can include skills to increase independence and social skills.

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Summer Bullying Prevention Tips For Your Family



Camp Might Be Different Than You Remember...

With the arrival of summer, camp season has officially begun! Across the country, parents have begun to pack bags, fill out forms and sew on nametags in preparation for this beloved rite of passage for their kids.

But the question remains: Although summer camp is typically a time in which boys and girls learn to step out from under the watchful gaze of their parents and celebrate a new kind of independence, how do parents protect their children from being bullied when they are so far away from home?

That's the question I asked Dr. Joel Haber, an anti-bully coach and consultant for the American Camp Association. Dr. Haber has more than 20 years of experience in lending a hand to kids, families, schools, camps and other organizations; and when it comes to bullying, he recommends five crucial safeguards:

  • Become informed: Be proactive in learning about the camp's bully-prevention policy. Request to see any literature the camp may have produced, and then go beyond that. Ask about staff training -- in detail. Do counselors know how to spot vulnerable kids? Do they know how to identify the bullies? Are they trained to recognize exclusive and abusive behavior (whether physical, verbal or indirect)? Has the camp trained its counselors to build "inclusive bunks" and to model positive behavior? And most important, does the staff know how to stop a bullying problem immediately, before it gets any worse? Get all the facts!

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