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Future Applications of Brain Research for Kids With Special Needs
In hopes of gaining a greater understanding of how the brain works, Manhattan-based organization, the Child Mind Institute advocates more scientific research of children with learning disorders and psychiatric disabilities. The organization believes that more studies could lead to more accurate diagnosis and treatment. (read the story...)

Everyday Heroes: Meet Courtney Raible
Busy, busy: With a four-day-a-week job, a regular volunteering gig, volleyball, bingo, theater, and more, this developmentally delayed young lady is never bored, and always determined. (read the story...)

Everyday Heroes: Meet Sam McCarthy
Not only has this "happy, stubborn man," as his dad describes him, lived beyond the age doctors predicted when he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but a residential farm-based facility in upstate New York gives him real purpose. (read the story...)

Everyday Heroes: Meet Joshua Eber
Joshua Eber, an accomplished Rockland-based actor who happens to have Down syndrome, is a role model and a downright happy guy. Joshua has defied many medical expectations throughout his life in order to pursue his passion for performing. (read the story...)

A Pig Tale
A local mom of a son with autism remembers, fondly, one milestone met more than a little late. (read the story...)

Dreams Delayed
When your child has autism or other developmental delays, he won’t conform to a typical schedule of milestones—and hopes you had envisioned for him may come true later than you imagined. Here are six pieces of advice, from parents who’ve been there, on adjusting to a child’s limitations. (read the story...)

Speech Disorders: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Resources
Speech disorders, which include stuttering, affect five to 10 percent of all kids, can have affects on social interactions and behavior as well as self-esteem. Boys are about four times more likely to have speech disorders than girls. (read the story...)

Young Students Get a Lesson on Special Needs and Tolerance
One mother shares what the other kids in class are asking about your special needs child—and reveals how she handled answering them after her child experienced a very embarrassing incident at recess. (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...)

New Technology at the Bronx's Rett Syndrome Center Helps Children Communicate
New eye-gaze technologies at the Rett Syndrome Center at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx allow children affected by Rett to communicate with others. (read the story...)

Understanding Rett Syndrome
Rett Syndrome is a rare and life-altering brain disorder that almost exclusively affects girls. Intense therapy is required to manage the disorder, but recent research presents reasons to hope a cure is possible. (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...)

What to Do When You Suspect Your Child Has a Developmental Disability
If you suspect your child has a developmental disability, follow these valuable tips from a psychologist with more than 25 years experience in the special needs field. Early recognition of signs is key. (read the story...)

Stuttering in Children: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Finding Support
About 5 percent of kids stutter at some point in their young lives, and most (with early intervention) leave it behind for good. Our experts explain the disorder and how to manage it. (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 Truth About Dyslexia
There are many misunderstandings about dyslexia. Here, Wendy Burt-Thomas separates fact from myth about the condition. (read the story...)

Does My Child Have a Disability?
If parents are concerned that their child is “different”, it could just mean they are “delayed"... (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)




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