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How to Talk to an Autistic Kid
An autistic teen hopes to increase acceptance and understanding of those with autism through his book, "How to Talk to an Autistic Kid," which explains autism and its symptoms in easy-to-understand terms. (read the story...)

Etnies Shoe Line Benefits Autism Speaks
Etnies, maker of action shoes and apparel, has partnered with Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, to create co-branded kids' RVM and Fader footwear that support Autism Speaks' mission. (read the story...)

Starabella Series Celebrates Children's Learning Differences
The award-winning Starabella trilogy, about a little girl with learning differences who expresses herself through music, was inspired by author Sharon Fialco's own daughter, who has autism. (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...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Get My Child with Autism to Engage in Less Self-Stimulation?
We asked Michelle Colletti, an occupational therapist who practices in the NYC area, to give her insight on a question that often arises for parents of kids with autism: If my child is self-absorbed and often engages in self-stimulation, how can I get him to make more eye contact and "stimm" less? (read the story...)

NYC Autism Speaks Gala Raises More than $66,000
Autism Speaks' third annual Autism Speaks to Young Professionals summer gala, held in NYC, raised more than $66,000 for autism research and advocacy. The funds will help raise awareness and funds on behalf of individuals living with autism. (read the story...)

Simon Says: Overcoming Autism Through Play
Special needs mom and Inside Schools blogger Marni Goltsman discusses how her autistic son has gained social confidence through playing games like 'Simon Says'. Goltsman also writes of her hopes for her son's acceptance among his friends despite his social challenges. (read the story...)

How Kids with Special Needs can Build Healthy Friendships
It can be difficult for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or other special needs to make friends as quickly and easily as their peers. Check out the following tips for making friends as a special needs kid and what families can do to encourage them. (read the story...)

How To Monitor Change in Your Special Needs Child's Diagnosis
Though your special needs child may have been diagnosed in early childhood, it's possible that after some treatment and therapy, their initial diagnosis may change over time. Check out the following tips for monitoring your child's progress, and ensuring that they get an accurate medical assessment. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Explain a Special Needs Diagnosis to My Child?
We asked Melanie Pearl, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist based in Stamford, CT, how to explain a special needs diagnosis to the affected child, and, specifically, her advice on how to tell a child with Aspberger's Syndrome that he has been diagnosed with Aspberger's. (read the story...)

Danny's Wish Distributes 30 iPads to Autistic Children
The iPad for Austism campaign is an ongoing fundraiser created by Danny's Wish as a way to provide iPads to needy kids who may otherwise be unable to afford one. Recently, Danny's Wish, a Long Island-based special needs organization, distributed 30 iPads to autistic children in 19 different states. (read the story...)

Televised Series Exploring Critical Issues Presents 'Autism and Asperger's Syndrome' This May
"Exploring Critical Issues," the award-winning broadcast series conceived and hosted by Adelphi University President Dr. Robert A. Scott, examines the research and policies affecting those with autism and Asperger's syndrome in a one-hour broadcast airing this May in the New York area. (read the story...)

Drive4Rebecca Completes Cross-Country Advocacy Tour
On April 16, Jon Singer and his daughter Rebecca, along with friends and family, set out on a 3,500-mile cross-country trek from New York to California to raise money and awareness for special needs advocacy. (read the story...)

How to Help Children with Special Needs Engage in Imaginary Play
Learn why pretend play is important to development and how you can help it come more naturally to your child with special needs. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

Learning Disabilities Chart: Diagnoses and Symptoms
Consult this chart for common learning disability diagnoses, symptoms, and examples. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)


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