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School for Children with Special Needs Expands Therapy services
The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children, a school for children with special needs, has expanded its therapy services with the opening of a sensory gym. (read the story...)

Literacy lifts children with Down syndrome socially
Apart from an improved aptitude for learning, literacy helps children with Down syndrome by building self-esteem and confidence to interact socially. (read the story...)

Academic Support Center Uses 3-Step Approach to Teach Reading and Writing
A new academic center in Rockland County, Hudson Valley Academic Support Services uses a three-step approach to help children improve reading and writing skills and vocabulary. (read the story...)

Cleary School for the Deaf Introduced Transition Program for Students
The Cleary School for the Deaf started the school year by introducing a new transitional program to prepare students for life after graduation, including writing a resume and applying for a job. The school also appointed a new lead teacher for its Autism Resource Room, which helps deaf students who are on the autism spectrum. (read the story...)

Autism Speaks Launches School Community Tool Kit 2.0
Autism Speaks' new School Community Tool Kit 2.0 is a resource meant to help classmates, teachers, and other school staff to better understand students on the autism spectrum and how to support them. (read the story...)

New Survey Finds Americans Are Confused About Learning Disabilities
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) recently released a shocking new survey of nearly 2,000 American adults (4.4% margin of error), showing that Americans lack a basic understanding of learning disabilities (LDs). We present the new information about causes and treatments for LDs, and rights for kids who have them. (read the story...)

Helping Challenged Kids Go Back To School
How can you help your child with a psychiatric or learning disability deal with going back to school? Model confidence, create structure, and get to know the new teacher. Our expert offers six things to keep in mind as the academic year kicks into swing. (read the story...)

NYC DOE Offers More Resources For Families Of Children With Special Needs
The New York City Department of Education's (DOE) Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners has created additional resources for families with questions about the citywide expansion of the special education reform initiative that will go into effect this coming September of 2012. (read the story...)

Five Symptoms of Kids With Writing Disabilities
Now more than ever, writing is a vital part of our daily lives. If your child struggles with writing, he or she may have difficulty now in school and also later on in life. Neil MacGregor, VP of Learner Development for WordQ+SpeakQ, battled his own learning disability as a child. He shares tips to recognize if your child has a writing disability. (read the story...)

How to Choose a Tutor for Your Child with LD
Are you looking to hire a private tutor for your child who has learning disabilities? Find out what questions you should ask and download a handy worksheet that will help you evaluate each candidate. (read the story...)

School and Education Resources and Organizations
Here are some organizations and resources that can advise you on navigating tuition, understanding state school evaluations, zoning, and more--a great way to further your own knowledge on this important journey for you and your child(ren). (read the story...)

Autism Speaks Releases IEP Guide for Parents
A new Individualized Education Programs (IEP) guide helps parents of children with special needs understand the legal rights of students with disabilities and offers advice on how to get special education services and form an IEP for your child. (read the story...)

10 Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference
Your child's success in school depends largely on your involvement in his education. Follow these easy tips on how to communicate effectively with your child's teacher at your next parent-teacher conference. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Why Do Students with Special Needs Require Multisensory Teaching Methods?
We asked Rhonda Boltax, a learning disabilities specialist and the founder of Keys to Reading in Great Neck, NY, if and why multisensory teaching methods, like visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile methods, are effective for children with special needs like learning disabilities and dyslexia. (read the story...)

When Your Child Has a Learning Disability: Taking the First Steps
It is a daunting task for parents to work through a child’s disability. They must arm themselves with knowledge and information in order to be the best advocate for their child. One mother shares her story as well as some advice. (read the story...)

The Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner Opens in Westport CT
The Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner opens in Wesport, Connecticut, offering children and young adults representation in the areas of special education law and disability law. (read the story...)

Mompreneur: Dr. Ellenmorris Tiegerman Opens Third School for Language Development on Long Island
Long Island mom Dr. Ellenmorris Tiegerman is the founder of three schools for language development in the Long Island and Queens area. A new high school will open up in Richmond Hill in September. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of Tiegerman's first school in Glen Cove. We caught up with the mom of six to discuss what she's learned along the way and what her plans are for the future. (read the story...)

Beyond Ritalin: An Alternative Therapy for Kids with ADHD
While it’s estimated that 6 million children will take Ritalin or other stimulant medications, that doesn’t mean that it’s right for your child. Read on for an alternative therapy to ADHD, cognitive skills training, to see if it's a better fit for your little one. (read the story...)

10 Ways to Help Your Child Get Structured
Having good organizational skills is very important for your child’s success in school and in life. Some people are by nature more organized than others, but anyone can adopt the routines and habits of organization. All you need is practice and consistency. To help your child get on the organized track, try these 10 strategies. (read the story...)

Programs For Special Needs Children: Unlocking Their Acronyms
If you have a child with a suspected developmental delay, foreign terms like CPSE, EI, OSC, IEP are likely to work their way into your vocabulary. Decoding these acronyms may seem like learning a new language, an accurate translation may hold the key to advocating for your child. (read the story...)




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