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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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

'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. (read the story...)

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...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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.) (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (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...)

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. (read the story...)

How to Talk to Kids About Your Child with Special Needs
Talking to a whole class may not always be the best strategy to protect your child, but it’s good for children to learn more about kids with “differences” and have a chance to develop empathy, notes Susan Schwartz, director of the Child Mind Institute’s Learning and Diagnostics Center. Here are a few tips on talking to children about psychiatric, developmental, and learning disorders. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (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...)

A New Documentary on Tourette Syndrome Discusses the Stigmas, Myths, and Misconceptions about the Disorder
Although an estimated 200,000 kids and adults suffer from Tourette Syndrome, there are still many stigmas and misconceptions surrounding the disorder. In a new documentary, one teen with Tourette's syndrome showcases the struggles and triumphs of living with the disorder, including a meeting with American Idol contestant James Durbin that changes everything. (read the story...)

Toilet Training Guide for Children with Special Needs
Potty training can be trying for any family—but when your child has developmental delays, including autism, the process can seem almost impossible. Our expert comes to your rescue—with clear, step-by-step instructions on how to achieve success. (read the story...)

How to Potty Train a Child with Special Needs: Step-by-Step Instructions
When you have a child with special needs, toilet training can seem pretty impossible, but there is greater success with a more structured and systematic approach to toilet training. Get some help from expert step-by-step instructions. (read the story...)

When Your Child Has a Learning Disability: Taking the First Steps
It is a daunting task for parents to work through a child’s disability. They must arm themselves with knowledge and information in order to be the best advocate for their child. One mother shares her story as well as some advice. (read the story...)

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Honors Three Outstanding Teens from the New York City Area
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities honored seven teens from across the country this year with youth achievement awards, including three outstanding individuals from our area. (read the story...)

Grandparents and Children with Special Needs
When parents are busy raising a child who has special needs, grandparents’ support can be a vital resource. (read the story...)


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