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The Importance of Pretend Play for Children with Autism and Other Special Needs

The Importance of Pretend Play for Children with Autism and Other Special Needs

Imaginative play may be elusive for the youngest autistic children, but it has an important place in your child's life.

Nanuet Counselor Expands Services to Children on the Autism Spectrum

Nanuet Counselor Expands Services to Children on the Autism Spectrum

Susan Cortilet, LMHC, of Nanuet, NY, has expanded her counseling services to children and teens with autism spectrum disorders.

How to Recognize a Social Language Deficit in Children and Help Them Overcome It

How to Recognize a Social Language Deficit in Children and Help Them Overcome It

Children with social and pragmatic deficits often have difficulty making friends and generally succeeding in social situations. Find out how to recognize a deficit in social language skills and how targeted help can be effective for your child.

Learning Disabilities Chart: Diagnoses and Symptoms

Learning Disabilities Chart: Diagnoses and Symptoms

Consult this chart for common learning disability diagnoses, symptoms, and examples.

Learning Disabilities: Know Your Child's Rights

Learning Disabilities: Know Your Child's Rights

A learning disability diagnosis can usher in a challenging time for your family. But understanding the law and what your child is entitled to can spell success for the future.

How to Maintain Your Marriage While Caring for a Child with Special Needs

How to Maintain Your Marriage While Caring for a Child with Special Needs

One mom opens up about how she keeps her relationship with her husband healthy and stable while caring for an autistic child.

Warning Signs of Autism and the Importance of Early Intervention

Warning Signs of Autism and the Importance of Early Intervention

Information for parents on the early signs and characteristics of an autism spectrum disorder, plus advice on how and why you should act early.

How To Design a Calming Room for Autistic Kids

How To Design a Calming Room for Autistic Kids

Children on the autism spectrum need special kinds of surroundings, says interior designer Carolyn Feder. The registered interior designer owns Sensory Interior Design, a Dallas based design firm that specializes in organizing, arranging and designing residential (among other) spaces to fit the needs of special needs children.

Special Needs: Service Dogs for Children with Autism

Special Needs: Service Dogs for Children with Autism

Autism service dogs are providing families with much needed assistance, peace of mind, and a big doggy dose of unconditional love.

How to Identify an Early Learning Disability in Your Child, with Tips for How You Can Help at Home

How to Identify an Early Learning Disability in Your Child, with Tips for How You Can Help at Home

While children and teens with learning disabilities are often “diagnosed” in middle school or high school, many disabilities can actually be prevented by intervention at a much earlier age. Read these tips from the experts to find out how.

The Gluten-Free Diet  for Children with Autism

The Gluten-Free Diet for Children with Autism

One in 150 children are currently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders...one dietary therapy that has been used in treating children diagnosed with autism is a gluten-free diet.

Family Nutrition on a Budget

Family Nutrition on a Budget

Budgeting at the supermarket doesn’t mean your family has to suffer when it comes to proper nutrition. There are many delicious, easy ways to get a healthy bang for your buck.

Increasing Adaptability in Your Autistic Child

Increasing Adaptability in Your Autistic Child

Life can be challenging for a family that embraces a child with autism. It is not a simple task but it can be accomplished if you accept, adapt and be flexible.

How to Detect the Very Earliest Signs of Autism During Infancy

How to Detect the Very Earliest Signs of Autism During Infancy

An important breakthrough makes it possible to spot precursors of autism in infants once you know what to look for. The earlier autism is diagnosed and therapy is begun, the greater the chance your child can be helped.

Asperger’s Syndrome: Jarring Sounds, Confusing Rules

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.”




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