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The Special Needs Trust: Protecting Your Special Needs Child
Parenting a special needs child can be a wonderful and challenging task. But while you may be meeting your child’s needs at present, how do you ensure their needs will be met in the future? One way is by creating a Supplemental or Special Needs Trust. (read the story...)

A Time to Stutter
Kids who stutter aren't usually the first ones you think of as actors. 'Our Time' theater company is an organized, successful program allowing performing art as a healing mechanism for children and teens who stutter. (read the story...)

Downtown, A “Special” Team At Bat
On the Battery Park City Ballfield on a sunny Saturday afternoon, the air smells of cut grass and perspiration. Kids in cherry red and royal blue baseball uniforms take their turns at bat . . . (read the story...)

New Center to Lead Asperger Research
New York City will soon lead the way in the research and treatment of Asperger Syndrome, thanks to a donation recently bestowed on the NYU Child Study Center. (read the story...)

Happy Feet
Catching foot problems early is vital. (read the story...)

Autism update
Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia are looking at the possibility of being able to identify autism through the pupil of the eye. (read the story...)

New Autism Center opens in White Plains
Westchester families have a brand-new resource to help deal with the issues of autism. (read the story...)

Camp, to ease the suffering
Camp Sunshine, located along the shores of Sebago Lake, Maine, is a free camp for children with life-threatening diseases and includes every member of the immediate family. (read the story...)

Spina Bifida
Prevention is key. (read the story...)

Sweet Dreams
Armonk mom sings for children in distress. (read the story...)

When Reading Is Just Too Hard
Our son, Isaac, was happy in kindergarten at the local public school. Although my husband, Paul, and I noticed that he couldn’t hold a crayon properly and alternated hands when he wrote his name, we weren’t concerned. This was kindergarten, after all. (read the story...)

SEEING THE WHOLE CHILD
Kids are more than the sum of the concerns we have about them. It’s so easy for us to get caught up in managing their disabilities, problems or issues — and forget to look at the whole child. (read the story...)

Meeting a Differently-Abled Child: Tips for kids, and their parents
Beautiful; fun-loving; intelligent; joyous. Wheel-chair bound; low-visioned; endocrine imbalanced; seizure disordered. (read the story...)

Does Your Child Need Medication? Mt. Kisco specialist weighs the risks vs. benefits
My husband likes to tell the story of his old childhood friend whose fourth grade teacher found him a bit too restless in the classroom. (read the story...)

Special Needs Kids: When You First Suspect a Problem
Maybe your baby isn’t rolling over. Perhaps your toddler isn’t meeting your eyes or answering simple questions. (read the story...)

WHEN SPECIAL NEEDS LEAD THE WAY - One mother’s rise to the challenge
Many people would be hard-pressed to juggle a busy law career while raising three daughters. When one daughter is severely physically challenged, the task might seem overwhelming. Not so for Adrienne Arkontaky, a White Plains-based lawyer with the firm of Steven M. Ratner, P.C. Arkontaky admits that it’s not easy, but her story is a testament to determination and overcoming obstacles and ultimately, through her career, to helping others. (read the story...)

Asperger’s Syndrome: Jarring Sounds, Confusing Rules
Dr. Barbara Payne of Hyde Park, N.Y., instinctively knew something was not quite right with her infant son, Jacob, but she couldn’t put her finger on what it was. She believes that it was her motherly instincts more than her experience as a pediatrician that made her suspicious. “In retrospect, things are much clearer,” she says, “but back then, I used to think — I just don’t get this kid.” (read the story...)

Kids with Learning Disabilities: Could It Be Vision-Related?New study claims 60 percent can be helped by visual specialists
With nearly 2.9 million school-age children in the United States classified as learning disabled, new research suggests that up to 60 percent of these students may have undetected, correctable vision problems that could play a significant role in their disability, according to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). (read the story...)

New, earlier test for Down syndrome
With more women choosing to give birth over age 35, physicians are taking advantage of new testing measures that can identify 85 percent of Down syndrome cases in first trimester screening procedures. (read the story...)

No 'CHIP' Off the Old Block in AstoriaNew center brings more options to children with developmental disorders
New Yorkers with children affected by developmental delays may have already benefited from the services of the Children's Home Intervention Program (CHIP) within the reassuring environments of their own homes. But recently, the program, known for coming directly to its clients, expanded its reach even further with the opening of its own in-house facility. (read the story...)

Keelin’s Wish: To Play with Her Family
Five-year old Keelin Burns of Pearl River is blind. Her ability to talk is limited, and she needs help walking. But she laughs happily as she plays with her brother and sister on her new, custom-designed swing set, a gift from the Make a Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley. (read the story...)


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