Category: Special Needs

10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place, Author Interview

Posted by davidjsinger - February 13, 2013 - Autism, Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Happy, Book, Book Review, Family, Giving, Habits, Happiness, Interview, Learning, Parenting, Special Needs

  Late last year, I was fortunate to learn about 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There), a wonderful book by Galen Pearl. After reading the book, I had the pleasure of interviewing Galen—about the book, her life, and the 10 Steps. I’m grateful to Galen for taking the time with me. The […]

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2 Reasons to Encourage Kids to Build Their Community Service Resume—Building Future Leaders

Posted by davidjsinger - May 15, 2012 - Be a Leader, Be Nice, Fitness, Giving, Habits, Kindness, Leadership, Parenting, Special Needs, Teens

As we come upon the end of the college selection process for the current group of high school seniors (two of whom live in my house), I was reflecting on the part of the process where teens build up their “resumes.” I recall, thirty years ago, when I was applying to college, the importance of […]

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Becoming Driven, 9 Skills Kids Develop When Their Parents Say “No”

Posted by davidjsinger - April 17, 2012 - Autism, Be a Leader, Be Happy, Family, Friends, Giving, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Hurricane Irene, Leadership, Parenting, Special Needs, Teens

For over 40 years, I’ve been trying to figure out my brother, Jon. Many adjectives have been used to describe him and it seems that he’s finally come up with the one that will stick—Driven. Jon is two years younger than I am, so I’ve known him since the day he was born. We shared […]

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Teaching Future Leaders by Example, and much more — Challenger Sports Programs

Posted by davidjsinger - February 7, 2012 - Autism, Be a Leader, Blog, Fitness, Giving, Leadership, Special Needs, Teens

I got lucky last year. My daughter Julie, then 16, who has spent a lot of time with kids with special needs, and who wants to major in special education in college, invited me to come with her one Sunday afternoon to help out at our local Challenger basketball program. Julie had been volunteering at […]

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Fitting in Exercise to Survive and Thrive

Posted by davidjsinger - November 22, 2011 - Autism, Be Healthy, Blog, Exercise, Family, Fitness, Health, Special Needs

“Be Healthy” is one of my Six Simple Rules and this post is about exercise, a critical component of being healthy. Many people find it challenging to fit in time for exercise. When I hear them say they don’t have the time, I tell them that they are not making the time — that they […]

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