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A Light On Children With Special Needs

It is not anyone’s fault that a child should be born requiring special attention. Children with

It is not anyone’s fault that a child should be born requiring special attention. Children with Special Needs are not necessarily the same or requiring the same kind of care and support. These children may have mild learning disabilities or profound cognitive impairment or born with food allergies or terminal illness. They may suffer developmental delays that catch up quickly for some or remain entrenched unfortunately. Some suffer occasional panic attacks or serious psychiatric problems. Experts assess them individually to determine the appropriate attention needed to help the child as well as the stressed family.

It requires a complex understanding of their individual needs. Knowing precisely what should or should not be done or given to the child; which food to ban, activities to avoid and or experience to deny, can be extremely challenging to the families. Many mourn for their child’s lost potentials. With some conditions becoming more troubling over time, it is truly painful for the families concerned. Some families may find that their child’s challenges make triumphs sweeter, believing that weaknesses are often accompanied by amazing strengths. Anyway, no two families with a child with special needs are the same. A family dealing with developmental delays will have different concerns from the ones dealing with chronic illnesses, which will also have a different set of concerns from the one dealing with mental illness or learning problems or behavioural challenges.

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Above those, medical issues for some children can include serious conditions like cancer and heart defects, muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis; chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes; congenital conditions like cerebral palsy and dwarfism. Health threats like food allergies and obesity are also common.

Those children with medical issues may need various tests requiring long hospital stays, expensive equipment, and special accommodations for disabilities. Their families have to deal with frequent crises, uncertainty, and worry. With diagnoses like ADHD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Dysfunction of Sensory Integration, and Tourette syndrome, that require specialized strategies tailored to their specific capabilities, the families can be really strapped as well.

Diagnoses like autism, Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities often cause children to be removed from the mainstream. For children with learning disabilities like dyslexia and Central Auditory Processing Disorder, specialized learning strategies are developed to meet their potentials. A child with mental problems ranging from depression to sever anxiety can pose unexpected danger both on the child as well as people at home. Living with a child with mental health issues can put family members on a roller coaster of mood swings and crises and defiance. Parents have to find the right professionals to help, and make hard decisions about therapy, medications, and hospitalization. The consequences of missed clues and wrong guesses can be significant.

However, although every special-needs child is different and every family is unique, there are indeed some common concerns that parents of challenged kids share, including seeking appropriate care and promoting acceptance in the extended family, school and community.

A message concerning children with special needs was posted on Facebook recently and has gone viral bidding people to copy and paste on their status. The person claimed that he or she was prompted to start the chain post because of “the exclusion of an autistic child from participating in a school trip.” It is hoped that this article could shed light on issues confronted by families with children that require special needs. If you have missed the viral post, here’s the message:

“My parents taught me, don’t eat in front of others if you don’t have enough for everyone, go without. If you have a party, and you invite your classmates, they are all invited. When I volunteer, I am the first to arrive and the last to leave. In light of recent events on the exclusion of an autistic child from participating in a school trip I feel the need to write this.

There are boys and girls that nobody invites to birthdays, for example. There are kids with special needs who want to belong to a team, but are never selected, because it is more important to win. Children with special needs are not rare or strangers. They only want what everyone else wants: to be accepted!!

May I ask a question? Is there anyone willing to copy and paste this post in your wall without sharing it, like I did for a friend? This is a request from a friend.”

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Get yourself into shape in ten swift moves.

Bust The Calories

Bust The Calories

Get yourself into shape in ten swift moves.

1.​ ​Burpees. Swiftly moving from standing to squatting to push-up position challenges all your muscles.

2.​ ​Jumping jacks. These do-anywhere moves pump up your heart rate in no time.

3.​ ​Mountain climbers. This cardio move helps strengthen legs and core muscles as well.
4.​ ​Frogger: This plank-to-squat move seems simple, but you’ll feel it as you do your 30-second bursts. Begin in a plank position. Jump your feet to the outside of your hands, coming into a deep squat and keeping your hands on the floor, then jump back to plank. Repeat in a quick succession (steps 1 to 4) ten times.

5.​ ​Running up stairs. Run up and down the stairs at home or at the office — you’ll get the added bonus of a toned backside.

Runner athlete running on stairs.

6.​ ​Walking lunges. These lunges help you develop balance while strengthening your core and lower body. Do these briskly, but make sure your form stays correct to prevent knee or ankle strain. Here’s how to do a perfect walking lunge.

7.​ ​High knees: Run in place while engaging your core and pumping your arms. The goal should be to keep your knees high and maintain an upright posture as you do your speed bursts.

8.​ ​Lateral hops: Make small jumps side to side as if you are jumping over an invisible line.

9.​ ​Jump squat: Start by doing a regular squat, then engage your core and jump up explosively. When you land, lower your body back into the squat position to complete one rep. Land as quietly as possible, which requires control.

10.​ ​Box step: Find a step, stool, or box (or aim toes at an imaginary step) and lightly tap your left toes to the box, then jump to switch feet, bringing the right toes up.

Repeat the entire series 5 times.

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(Khmer) ​ច​ក្រា​បេះដូង​

Heart Chakra
Sanskrit Word: Anahata meaning “unstruck” or “unhurt”
Colour: Green
Location: the center of the 7 chakras

Love is given and received through the energy center, also known as the heart chakra. The heart chakra is basically what you think it is, everything dealing with the heart. Are you feeling loved and are you loving back?

Balance in the heart is very important, and without a healthy balance a lot of couples will struggle with an unjust balanced of one partner loving more than the other and a built of resentment or exhaustion from being a give, give, giving without any reciprocation.

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The heart chakra doesn’t only deal with love with your intimate partners but with family, friends, and yourself. Everyone wants to feel loved. You yearn for self-love your whole life as well, and that very closely is correlated to the energy near the heart chakra.

It is important to open your heart and be mindful of how you give and receive love. Most people keep their heart closed due to painful past circumstances and the fear of vulnerability, but vulnerability is not a weakness but a strength and if you are never completely vulnerable your heart won’t be truly open to it’s full potential of love. Learn to open yourself up to unconditional love and compassion.

You deserve love!

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Stand Up Paddling Ultimate Workout



Stand Up Paddling Ultimate Workout

Mermaid Lift
Targets shoulders, arms, and chest

– Start with full body in the water next to the board
– Place hands shoulder-width apart near the middle of the board
– Push down until arms are locked straight
– Your body should lift out of the water holding your weight
– Slowly lower
– Repeat

Love Handles Levitation and Disengration
Targets arms, chest, obliques, abs, and bottom

– Start by lying on your right side with legs stacked on top of each other and knees bent
– Place your left palm on the board in front of chest, right hand on your left shoulder
– Push left hand into the board and raise your torso as high as you can
– Lower back down and repeat

Turbo Twist
Targets shoulders, arms, back, abs, and obliques

– Stand with feet wide perpendicular to board
– Place paddle in front of you with left hand gripping the top and your right hand slightly below
– Let paddle slightly sit in the water but not completely submerged
– Rotate your torso at a rapid speed from either side while engaging core

Targets abs, obliques, and back

– Start by Lying face upwards on board with legs straight
– Hold paddle and keep hands towards your thighs
– Tighten abs like a crunch
– Keep knees bent and rotate torso and paddle to right side
– Repeat on opposite side

You’re so Hip
Targets abs and obliques

– Start by lying down on your back with legs raised straight up towards the sky
– Firmly grasp the board with your hands near your head
– Lift hips up while rotating right hip towards left shoulder
– Lower hips back down parallel to board

Bum on Blast
Targets your bottom, legs, abs, and shoulders

– First start in a deep squat
– Place feet hip-width apart and elbows touching knees
– Hold the paddle at your chest with palms facing out
– Lift up on tippy toes and lift paddle in front of you
– Repeat.

Power Press
Targets shoulders, back, and arms

– Start by standing on the board with feet hip-width apart
– Hold the paddle in hands wider than shoulder-width apart (obtuse angle) and palm facing inwards
– LIft paddle overhead
– Once arms outstretched above head, try to pull apart paddle to opposite sides with your hands (like tug-a-war against yourself)
– Lower
– Repeat

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