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A Bill of Rights For Parents of Kids With Special Needs

A Bill of Rights For Parents of Kids With Special Needs

A Bill of Rights for Parent of Kids with Special Needs written by a Ellen Seidman, in honor of her son Max, and all children with special needs.

Learn about Dyslexia Symptoms, Warning Signs, and Resources

Learn about Dyslexia Symptoms, Warning Signs, and Resources

Learn all about this developmental reading disorder, including facts, warning signs, common myths, and more, by checking out our round-up of dyslexia information.

Jewels Insitute Yoga Fundraiser Raises $6,000 for Children's Speech Therapy Program

Jewels Insitute Yoga Fundraiser Raises $6,000 for Children's Speech Therapy Program

The Jewels Institute, a nonprofit organization in New Rochelle, hosted a yoga fundraiser to raise money for its free Speak to the Beat program, a speech therapy program offered to local children who are underserved or have special needs.

Kids of Courage Takes 150 Sick Kids on the Summer Vacation of a Lifetime

Kids of Courage Takes 150 Sick Kids on the Summer Vacation of a Lifetime

Kids of Courage, a Long Island-based nonprofit organization, took more than 100 local children, all either chronically ill or with severe special needs, on a nine-day summer vacation to San Francisco.

Skoog Makes Creating Music Possible for All Abilities

Skoog Makes Creating Music Possible for All Abilities

The Skoog, an innovative new instrument that can play an orchestra of sounds, gives children with special needs the ability to create music.

New HearBuilder Program Teaches Kids How to Follow Directions

New HearBuilder Program Teaches Kids How to Follow Directions

Super Duper Publications' HearBuilder series has introduced a new software program that helps kids, with or without special needs, improve their listening skills and learn how to follow directions.

The Super Glider Bike Helps Those with Special Needs Learn to Ride

The Super Glider Bike Helps Those with Special Needs Learn to Ride

Glide Bikes' new Super Glider is specially designed to help older kids and adults with special needs learn to ride by first improving motor skills and balance.

Jeepers Peepers Game Helps Kids Develop Early Language Skills

Jeepers Peepers Game Helps Kids Develop Early Language Skills

Jeepers Peepers, The Ask and Answer Question Game, puts a fun spin on the age-old 20 Questions game and helps kids develop early language and a host of other skills.

'The Silver Mist' Sheds a New Light on Down Syndrome

'The Silver Mist' Sheds a New Light on Down Syndrome

"The Silver Mist," a fiction novel told from the perspective of a young woman with Down syndrome, is a touching and unique read that raises questions about the ways in which we view this illness.

How to Talk to an Autistic Kid

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.

Etnies Shoe Line Benefits Autism Speaks

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.

Starabella Series Celebrates Children's Learning Differences

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.

Lids 'N Lizards is a Fun and Educational Game for Kids

Lids 'N Lizards is a Fun and Educational Game for Kids

Lids 'N Lizards, a categorization game developed by Super Duper Publicatons, helps kids with special needs build up their articulation, categorization, and auditory and visual memory skills.

Funzee the Zebra Teaches Kids Everyday Sounds

Funzee the Zebra Teaches Kids Everyday Sounds

Funzee Everyday Sounds is an award-winning interactive software game developed by speech language pathologists that teaches kids the sounds of 60 common objects and allows parents to track their child's progress.

How to Find the Best Apps for a Child with Special Needs

How to Find the Best Apps for a Child with Special Needs

Apps for Children with Special Needs, a thorough and easy-to-follow website, makes it easier to know which apps are worth your money—and your child’s attention. (Discounted iPads, too.)

How Technology Can Help Children with Special Needs

How Technology Can Help Children with Special Needs

Innovative technology, including iPad apps and adaptable motorized wheelchairs, is revolutionizing the way many children with special needs communicate and experience the world.

Family Activities and Your Child with Special Needs: Get Out There, Together

Family Activities and Your Child with Special Needs: Get Out There, Together

Despite the obstacles—potential stares, insensitive comments from strangers—including your child with special needs in family outings, even everyday errands, is worth it. The father of a teen with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome shares his insights on how and why to make it work.

What Records a Parent of a Child with Special Needs Should Keep

What Records a Parent of a Child with Special Needs Should Keep

It’s critical to keep organized files and/or a notebook about your child’s school experiences. Use this checklist as a way to organize your child’s school paperwork for important meetings with teachers, counselors, specialists, or administrators.

Autism Speaks Releases IEP Guide for Parents

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.

What to Do When Your Child is Diagnosed with a Learning Disability

What to Do When Your Child is Diagnosed with a Learning Disability

When your child has been recently diagnosed with a learning disability or you suspect your son or daughter may have learning disabilities, find out what your first steps should be.

How to Talk to Kids About Your Child's Special Needs

How to Talk to Kids About Your Child's Special Needs

Talking about your child's special needs to peers is the best way to help them understand your child. Here are a few tips from Child Mind Institute about talking to children about psychiatric, developmental, and learning disorders.

Oppositional Behavior in Children with ADHD

Oppositional Behavior in Children with ADHD

Forty percent or more of kids with ADHD also have significant oppositional behavior. These guidelines will help you manage your child’s acting out—and help you remain calm in the tough moments.

How to Find Childcare for Your Child with Special Needs

How to Find Childcare for Your Child with Special Needs

The parent of a teen with special needs offers advice on how to find the best possible childcare help for your child with special needs—so you can take a break.

Ask the Expert: Why Do Students with Special Needs Require Multisensory Teaching Methods?

Ask the Expert: Why Do Students with Special Needs Require Multisensory Teaching Methods?

We asked Rhonda Boltax, a learning disabilities specialist and the founder of Keys to Reading in Great Neck, NY, if and why multisensory teaching methods, like visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile methods, are effective for children with special needs like learning disabilities and dyslexia.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Get My Child with Autism to Engage in Less Self-Stimulation?

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?




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