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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...)

How to Treat Typical and Special Needs Siblings Fairly
Follow these tips to make sure you're paying enough attention to the siblings of a child with special needs. (read the story...)

How to Support the Siblings of a Child with Special Needs
When one child has special needs, families face the challenge of keeping the stress away from brothers and sisters. Our expert offers advice on how to help siblings cope during trying times. (read the story...)

Bank of America Announces $1 Million Multi-Year Donation to Support Special Olympics
Bank of America, proud sponsor of Special Olympics for more than three decades, today announced a three-year $1 million contribution to support Special Olympics, a global organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities and special needs. (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 Your ADHD Child
Does your child have ADHD? GenConnect.com's resident expert Dr. Margery Fridstein provides suggestions for how to help them. (read the story...)

Long Island Disability Awareness Night Honors Three Local Heroes
You may know that on May 18 the New York Mets trounced the Washington Nationals at Citi Field (shutting the Nats out 3-0). But for many in the stands that night, there was more to celebrate than a home team victory. It was also Long Island Disability Awareness Night, an event that honored the contributions of local individuals living with disabilities along with their families and caregivers. (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...)

Sibling Support, Sports, Play, & Planning Services: A Guide for Parents with a Special Needs Child
Caring for your child with special needs is challenging as well as stressful. Here's a guide to shed some light on how to deal with and support your other kids, understand the importance of sports and imaginary play, and how to plan ahead. (read the story...)

'Journey Into Dyslexia': Talking with the Filmmakers
A new HBO film from an Academy Award-winning team puts the spotlight on an often misunderstood learning disability. (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...)

New Special Needs Website Helps Parents Understand Their Child's Legal Rights
A new website launched by Littman Krooks, a law firm that specializes in special needs planning and special education advocacy, helps parents understand their child's legal rights. (read the story...)

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio Asks NYC Parents of Students with Disabilities to Take Special Ed Survey This April
Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate of the City of New York, asks parents of students with disabilities to take a "Spotlight on Special Ed" survey this month to help parents' voices be heard in the New York City Department of Education. (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...)

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...)

Early Years Institute and CA Technologies Sponsor 'Screen-Free Week' in Long Island
Early Years Institute and CA Technologies ask Long Island kids to unplug for one week in April. (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...)

Bergen Pediatric Therapy Center Opens New Location with Therapeutic Pool
Bergen Pediatric Therapy Center in Westwood, New Jersey, opened a new facility with a heated therapeutic pool and new services for kids. (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...)

Alternatives to Speech Therapy for Stutterers
If you have a child who stutters, learn about alternatives to speech therapy, including drug therapy and specialized electronic devices. (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...)


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