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I've discovered great resources like Apps for Children with Special Needs, Siva Techined, and the Friendship Circle Blog. Teachers are active on Pinterest, and there are some very creative special ed. teachers, and speech and OT therapists active on the site. Another one of my favorites is TxTerriSweeps, she has a child with Sensory Processing Disorder and has been a source of new ideas for me.
I have found it is a great place to store links and to share information. Be wary if you tend to be obsessive, it can be a time suck, but no more than Twitter or any other social networking site. I have gained access to many experts I may have missed if I was just doing a blind Google search.
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The images help in guiding you and then you can form links to other Special Needs parents because you and others may not search special needs, but look for toilet training or IEP, these are pinned on my Special Needs board with many other subjects that I find along the way. This is my catch all board, I sort things out into discreet categories later by repinning. Its nice since others may find a gem while looking for something else on the board. You may not realize that your toilet training struggle with your autistic kid may be due to interoception, which you would find if looking for Sensory Processing Disorder, but not autism. Special needs kids have many similar struggles along the way, as do their parents. Using a pin board to connect is a way to form a community when it is hard even get out of the house for an evening. It sometimes takes up the slack when it is to hard find an understanding neighbor or friend to ask for advice or information.