Finding information about special needs was overwhelming. So much is available, but I realized that nothing existed in an organized fashion to guide you through the process of where to start and what to do.
San Jose, CA (PRWEB) April 18, 2011
Parents with special needs children are bewildered by the overwhelming amount of information available. This was even true for Danette Schott, a San-Jose based professional researcher who found she was drowning in information while trying to find ways to help her adopted child from Russia.
“Finding information about special needs was overwhelming. So much is available, but I realized that nothing existed in an organized fashion to guide you through the process of where to start and what to do,” explained Schott, who has a MA in Psychology, and research experience in many industries, including high tech, insurance, education, and the social sciences. She used her skills to research special needs and soon discovered that parents with special needs children began asking for advice. Word of her research spread to other parents with special needs children, adopted and biological. “Even when you get a diagnosis for your child, it’s difficult to know what to do or where to find the best information,” Schott said.
In 2010, Schott launched S-O-S Research, an online site to help parents find information on special needs including ADHD, anxiety, autism, Asperger’s, Sensory Processing Disorder, social skills deficits, mental illness, and more. S-O-S, which allows parents to access an extensive collection of organized and carefully selected information on special needs issues in one place, has two main components:
- S-O-S Step-by-Step guides parents to hundreds of resources on special needs topics. http://sos-research-blog.com/s-o-s-step-by-step/
- Help! S-O-S for Parents is a related blog featuring product reviews, interviews with experts, tips for dealing with specific issues, and product giveaways. Each month, the blog presents “Best of the Best,” a special selection of ideas and experiences from more than 30 bloggers. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Best of the Best is currently presenting over 50 reviews of books, DVDs, and even a b-Calm, plus giving away over $1,100 worth of these products.. http://www.sos-research-blog.com
Schott developed S-O-S Step-by-Step to help parents navigate the difficult road of determining where to start and what to do when their child is dealing with special needs. Parents are guided through the easy to follow steps in a specially designed S-O-S Step-by-Step process. Each topic in S-O-S Step-by-Step is divided into three levels or stages, which are customized to help parents walk through the problem-solving process: Stage 1 identifies the problem, which is not always obvious; Stage 2 analyzes the options; Stage 3 refines the solutions. There are hundreds of resources available, each one features a synopsis to help parents quickly understand the issues.
Currently, S-O-S Step-by-Step resources are available on ADHD/ADD. Next month, the site will add information on social skills deficits and stress/anxiety, followed by more topics this summer including play skills deficits, sensory processing disorder, and more. “Our goal is to give parents a jump start with helping their child reach his or her potential. All parents deal with issues but when a child has special needs, the situation becomes more complex,” she says.
Schott, who has two adopted children from Russia, used her professional skills to research and gather information on topics related to special needs issues, such as learning disabilities, psychological & mental disorders, social skills deficits and IEPs (Individualized Education Programs). She discovered that other parents were working in a similar maze trying to help their children. Desperate parents, who heard about her from their friends, began contacting her for information. She soon realized she could use her education, training, and skills to create a resource to help other parents.
“I recognized that I could throw a lifesaver to other parents in the same situation. It’s easy to drown in information, and if S-O-S can help other parents support their children then I have fulfilled my goal!” Schott said. She’s also finding that professionals in special needs, including physicians, psychologists, and teachers, are using S-O-S by sending parents to the information resource. “Unless you’ve been here, it’s impossible to understand how complicated and confusing it is to identify and manage a child’s special needs.”
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