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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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.
Autism Speaks celebrated mothers of the autism community at a luncheon in New York City on Wednesday, May 1 with special guest Dee Ocleppo, the nonprofit's national board member, fashion designer, and former model.
Children with disabilities and special health care needs are more likely to be overweight or obese. Louise Weadock, founder of sensory gym WeeZee, The World of "Yes I Can," discusses fitness obstacles for children with special needs and the physical and social benefits of sensory integration.
Autism Speaks co-founder Bob Wright highlights the successful initiatives achieved by the nonprofit on various policy changes after working with Governor Andrew Cuomo and other legislators in Washington, D.C.
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism and science organization and it lights the way to make this April's Autism Awareness month better than ever. Learn autism statistics and how you can help increase awareness of this growing disorder.
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we ask that you sit quietly and really — really — try to imagine how it is for some children to exist, as described by a mom who knows all too well. This is what life is like for a child who has autism.
Chapel Haven, a nonprofit program in New Haven, CT, that helps adults on the autism spectrum to lead independent lives, received an award from Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism that includes a $5,000 grant.
A couple on Long Island volunteers to teach children with autism how to surf through Surfers Healing, a daylong surfing camp for children with autism that was founded by former competitive surfer Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz and his wife Danielle.
With boys affected by ADHD, many have low self-esteem. Authors of "Raising Boys with ADHD" share tips on how parents can help their sons strengthen and build their self-esteem.
Research on autism show how it may be linked to epilepsy and how it affects behavior. An NYC specialist investigates the connections among autism, epilepsy, and behavior, and shares what can be learned from these links.
Updated July 2015. For a child or anyone with sensory issues, the high volumes and bright screens of a movie theater can be scary and unpleasant. Autism Society and AMC Loews Theaters bring Sensory-Friendly Films, special screenings of new family movies that everyone can enjoy at the movie theater. Catch a sensory-friendly film at a theater near you in New York or Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Chapel Haven has received a prestigious national award for its innovative and successful program for individuals on the autism spectrum. Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism, an initiative with the mission to support the growing number of people on the autism spectrum who are moving into adulthood, bestowed Chapel Haven with its first AFAA Applauds award.