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Art Classes for Kids on Long Island

Art Classes for Kids on Long Island

If your child is an aspiring artist, it may be beneficial to enroll them in an art program. We've compiled a list of some great art studios on Long Island that offer art classes for kids in Nassau County, including Massapequa, Hempstead, Elmont, Lynbrook, New Hyde Park, Glen Cove, and Merrick and Suffolk County, including Amityville, Patchogue, Jamesport, Manorville, Northampton, and Fire Island.

New York State Law Benefits Those Who Require ABA

New York State Law Benefits Those Who Require ABA

A New York state law now requires insurances to cover up to 680 hours of applied behavior analysis for children with autism spectrum disorder.

Forming a Bond with Your Child with Autism

Forming a Bond with Your Child with Autism

Your child with autism wants to form a secure bond with you, even if it doesn’t always seem that way. Part of the challenge is learning to understand signals: developing insight into how your child’s mind works, trying to see the world as he or she sees it, and not comparing your parenting skills with those of a parent of typical children.

Youth Gym Offers Program for Those with ASD

Youth Gym Offers Program for Those with ASD

Evolution Youth Fitness, a children's gym in Port Jefferson Station, began a fitness program for children with autism last month. The fitness program for children on the spectrum aims to help children gain physical, social, and cognitive skills.

NYC Nonprofit Supports Those with ASD

NYC Nonprofit Supports Those with ASD

Atlas Foundation for Autism offers services, advocacy, support, and educational programs for children with autism spectrum disorder in New York City.

The Importance of Social Connection for Those with ASD

The Importance of Social Connection for Those with ASD

While those on the autism spectrum may not want to connect in the black-and-white way we typically think about connection, it is important to support their desire to make social connections and friendships, no matter how they want to connect.

What to Do When Family Doesn't Believe Your Child's Diagnosis

What to Do When Family Doesn't Believe Your Child's Diagnosis

An associate psychologist with the DHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute shares how to deal with family that doesn't believe a child's special needs diagnosis, and how to help them understand.

New Community Living Program for Adults with Autism to Launch in Westchester

New Community Living Program for Adults with Autism to Launch in Westchester

Neighborhood Network of New York has received a $1 million grant to launch a first-of-its-kind community living services program for adults with autism in Westchester, with plans to expand the program throughout New York State.

Study Finds Children With Autism More Sedentary Than Those Without the Disorder

Study Finds Children With Autism More Sedentary Than Those Without the Disorder

A recent Oregon State University study found that children with autism tend to be more sedentary than children without autism, but that children with autism tend to be on par with peers in terms of completing physical fitness activities.

South Setauket Center Helps All Children Feel ‘Loved to Pieces’

South Setauket Center Helps All Children Feel ‘Loved to Pieces’

Love to Pieces, an enrichment center for children with special needs, recently opened in South Setauket. The center is geared toward children on the autism spectrum.

Teaching Your Child with Special Needs Difficult Skills

Teaching Your Child with Special Needs Difficult Skills

Patricia Romanowski Bashe, M.S. Ed., author of "The Parents’ Guide to Teaching Kids with Asperger Syndrome and Similar ASDs Real-Life Skills for Independence", shares the importance of teaching children on the autism spectrum difficult life skills and how you can help your child learn those skills for independence.

Teaching Children With Special Needs How To Swim

Teaching Children With Special Needs How To Swim

Water safety is crucial for all children, especially those with special needs, as drowning is the leading cause of death after a person with autism wanders from safety. We've gathered helpful information and tips to help children with special needs learn to swim and achieve safety and independence in the water.

5 Tips for Cooking with Kids Who Have Special Needs

5 Tips for Cooking with Kids Who Have Special Needs

Cooking with kids who have special needs such as autism, sensory issues, or learning disabilities can be challenging, but the ability to make a meal is a valuable life skill and including kids in the kitchen has many lasting benefits. Here are five tips to help those with special needs learn to cook.

The Future of Alternative Housing for Adults With Autism

The Future of Alternative Housing for Adults With Autism

Though they want independence, most individuals on the spectrum require some form of live-in assistance, severely narrowing options for alternative housing. The ABLE Act aims to ease financial strains faced by adults with disabilities.

Everyday Heroes: Meet Matthew Futterman

Everyday Heroes: Meet Matthew Futterman

This Long Islander, who has autism, courageously crossed the finish line of his 26-mile dream. Matthew started running when he found it calmed his anxiety, and with the help of a dedicated coach, he completed the New York City Marathon.

My Heartfelt Wishes for My Son's Future Partner

My Heartfelt Wishes for My Son's Future Partner

With a sense of wonder, abiding love, and concern, a Manhattan mother of a child who has autism envisions the significant other he will one day—hopefully—have.

Introducing: AutisMate

Introducing: AutisMate

An NYC computer scientist was inspired to create AutisMate, an award-winning app that helps people with autism communicate, by his younger brother who has autism. Discover how this research-supported tool may be life-changing for your child, too.

No Apologies

No Apologies

When one mom realized she didn't owe strangers an explanation, a defense, or an apology when it came to her son's actions, she found she helped empower her son with autism. Linda Kimpton explains helping her 7-year-old son navigate life with no apologies.

Homegrown Hero: Bronx Blogger Helps Dispel Special Needs Stigmas

Homegrown Hero: Bronx Blogger Helps Dispel Special Needs Stigmas

Through her blog Autism Wonderland, Bronx writer Lisa Quinones, who is also the parent of a child with autism, helps dispel special needs stigmas in the Latino community. She's also a hero for following her own dream while raising a child with special needs.

14th Street Y Offers Fitness Classes for Kids with Special Needs

14th Street Y Offers Fitness Classes for Kids with Special Needs

The 14th Street Y in NYC's East Village offers the KOL Program, which includes sports, fitness, movement, and music classes for kids with autism and communication disorders or language delays.

Study on Autism Shows Link Between Motor Skills and Social Skills

Study on Autism Shows Link Between Motor Skills and Social Skills

Communicating can be difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder, but a new study shows a link between social interaction and motor skills. Researchers believe that helping children with autism develop motor skill will also improve their social skills.

Los Ninos Expands Early Intervention Services to Staten Island

Los Ninos Expands Early Intervention Services to Staten Island

Los Ninos, which provides on-site and in-home ABA services for young children with autism and developmental delays, has taken over the organization formerly known as CHIP on Staten Island, where it will expand its early intervention services.

How Dogs Help Kids With Special Needs

How Dogs Help Kids With Special Needs

Service dogs aren’t just for the blind—they are more commonly being used to assist children with autism (and a variety of other disorders) in surprising ways.

Ask the Expert: What Is Martial Arts Therapy and How Can it Help My Child?

Ask the Expert: What Is Martial Arts Therapy and How Can it Help My Child?

Dr. Alisha Griffith-Berkeley, co-founder of a specialized martial arts program in Brooklyn, explains what martial arts therapy is and how it can help children with special needs such as autism, ADHD, and sensory issues.

Researchers Discover How Brain Circuits Can Become Miswired During Development, What That Might Mean

Researchers Discover How Brain Circuits Can Become Miswired During Development, What That Might Mean

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have uncovered a mechanism that guides the exquisite wiring of neural circuits in a developing brain -- gaining unprecedented insight into the faulty circuits that may lead to brain disorders ranging from autism to mental retardation.




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