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Marion K. Salomon and Associates Joins HASC
MKSA, formally Marion K Salomon and Associates, recently partnered with HASC to offer its early intervention services on Long Island. As a subsidiary of HASC, MKSA now offers in-home early intervention services. (read the story...)

Bounce! Trampoline Sports Offers Sensory Bounce Time
Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Valley Cottage, an indoor trampoline park, now offers Sensory Bounce, trampoline time tailored to children with special needs. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

Variety Child Learning Center Opens Second Location
Variety Child Learning Center, a Long Island school for children with special needs, recently opened a second location. The new location, in Levittown, offers a school program as well as an integrated preschool class. (read the story...)

Tips for Eating Gluten-Free at Every Restaurant
When eating out with the family, finding something on the menu for everyone may be a challenge, especially if someone is gluten-free. Kim Koeller and Robert La France, authors of "Let's Eat Out Around the World Gluten Free and Allergy Free", share the questions to ask to avoid gluten at any restaurant. Plus, international travel tips for eating gluten-free. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

Teach Your Child Coping Strategies Now for a Smooth Transition into Adulthood Later
When your child outgrows her 1-to-1 para, she’ll need to know how to cope in myriad ways on her own. Don’t let her jump into adulthood without providing her with the proper training—use this expert advice for a smooth transition. (read the story...)

Hudson Valley Visiting Pets Bring Comfort and Cheer to the Community
Dogs and other animals that participate in the Hudson Valley Visiting Pets Program bring animal-assisted therapy to nursing homes, hospitals, schools, juvenile detention centers, and more, spreading cheer and comfort to special communities. (read the story...)

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Free Therapy, Appropriate Education, and Making Friends
From the NYMetro Special Parent Fall/Winter 2014 issues comes a selection of thought-provoking quotes about special needs parenting, including the "free therapy" found in a child's happiness, providing an appropriate education, and the importance of making friends at school. (read the story...)

Seven Vacations for Families with Children with Special Needs
Traveling with children can be a challenge, but traveling with children with special needs can be even more challenging. Here are seven vacations, including Autism on the Seas and AdventureSmith, that cater to special needs to make your vacation an actual vacation, plus tips for traveling with a wheelchair. (read the story...)

Yes, You and Your Child with Special Needs Can...
It's easy to get used to hearing about all the things your child with special needs can't do, but there are so many within their grasp with the right modifications and help. We spoke to various experts, parents, and even kids themselves for tips on how you can turn 'can't' into 'can.' (read the story...)

DIY: How to Make a Sensory Toy
Trying to find the perfect sensory toy for your child can be a struggle, so why not make a sensory toy for your child with special needs? Here is a step-by-step guide to DIY a balloon sensory toy. (read the story...)

Children with Special Needs Can Learn to Play Piano
IF you thought piano lessons were not an option for your child with special needs, think again. Kristyn Rushton, a residential program manager at Life's WORC shares what to look for in a piano teacher and details about a program that was designed specifically for children with special needs. (read the story...)

How to Plan a Bar or Bat Mitzvah for a Child with Special Needs
Planning a bar or bat mitzvah is stressful for everyone, but when your child has special needs, there are more factors you need to plan for, from sensory issues to large crowds. But don't let this deter you from celebrating your child's mitzvah! A Long Island expert shares tips for planning a bar or bat mitzvah for your child with special needs. (read the story...)

Understood.org Launches as Complete Resource for Learning Disabiilities Community
Understood.org is a new, state-of-the-art website with a mission to help you find clear answers to the challenges your child with learning disabilities or attention issues may face at home, in school, and with friends. (read the story...)

Caroline's Carts Make It Easier to Shop with a Child with Special Needs
Grocery shopping with kids can be a challenge, and even more so if your child has special needs. But Caroline's Carts, which have expanded to more than 250 stores, are making the supermarket easier for parents with special kids. Find out how to get Caroline's Carts in your local supermarket. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

Easy Recipe for New Cooks: Creamy Tomato and Rice Basil Soup
This easy recipe for creamy tomato soup with rice and basil was developed by a special education teacher and is featured in her cookbook, "Special Day Cooking: A Life Skills Cookbook," which is geared for those with developmental challenges as well as young people learning to cook. (read the story...)

How to Throw a Birthday Party for a Child with Special Needs
Yes, you can throw a birthday bash for your child with special needs! Birthdays only come around once a year, so there’s pressure to get them just right. The most important thing is to involve your child in the planning process. Follow these expert tips for a successful birthday celebration. (read the story...)

How to Celebrate Halloween with a Child with Special Needs
Despite the BOO!-filled nature of Halloween, your child with an anxiety disorder, sensory issues, or other special needs can find a way to partake in the holiday. Preparation is key; read tips from the experts on how to have an enjoyable Halloween. (read the story...)

Day Care and Special Education Service Provider Opens in Dix Hills
Alternatives for Children, a day care and special needs services provider, recently opened in Dix Hills. The center is licensed by New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and follows the National Association for Education of Young Children guidelines. (read the story...)

Sports Program for Kids with Special Needs Offers Classes in Saint James
Be the Best Sport, a nonprofit sports program for children with special needs, now offers its sports classes at Sports Arena in Saint James. (read the story...)

KEEN New York Awarded $25,000 Partnership with Turbana
KEEN New York has been awarded a $25,000 partnership with Turbana by winning the organization's "Win $25K for Your Cause" contest on Facebook. KEEN is a nonprofit program dedicated to athletes with special needs. (read the story...)

Managing Your Emotions After Your Child’s Special Needs Diagnosis
From anger and denial to acceptance and joy, parents of children with special needs are sure to experience a mixed bag of emotions. Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D. explains what’s normal and how parents can manage feelings in a healthy way and accept diagnosis. (read the story...)

IDA-LI President Raises Awareness of Dyslexia on Long Island
The International Dyslexia Association, Long Island chapter recently appointed Connie Russo, Ed.D., as its new president. The organization raises awareness of dyslexia and provides support services for those with dyslexia on Long Island. (read the story...)


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