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How to Have a Stress-Free Vacation with Your Special Needs Child

How to Have a Stress-Free Vacation with Your Special Needs Child

Dr. Scott Barkin, executive director of the Brooklyn-based Block Institute, offers travel advice for families with a child who has special needs.

Siblings of Children with Special Needs Have Unique Needs Themselves

Siblings of Children with Special Needs Have Unique Needs Themselves

Brothers and sisters of kids with special needs have their own set of needs - an important fact for parents to address in order to raise a healthy family. Here, two New York City families share their stories, and experts share their insights and advice.

Siblings of Children with Special Needs Have Unique Needs Themselves

Siblings of Children with Special Needs Have Unique Needs Themselves

Brothers and sisters of kids with special needs have their own set of needs - an important fact for parents to address in order to raise a healthy family. Here, a Long Island family tells their story, and experts in the field share their insights and advice.

Mompreneur: Dr. Ellenmorris Tiegerman Opens Third School for Language Development on Long Island

Mompreneur: Dr. Ellenmorris Tiegerman Opens Third School for Language Development on Long Island

Long Island mom Dr. Ellenmorris Tiegerman is the founder of three schools for language development in the Long Island and Queens area. A new high school will open up in Richmond Hill in September. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of Tiegerman's first school in Glen Cove. We caught up with the mom of six to discuss what she's learned along the way and what her plans are for the future.

Why More Moms Are Choosing to Save Stem Cells

Why More Moms Are Choosing to Save Stem Cells

The use of stem cells, or cord blood, is a rapidly growing area of medical science, and many parents are choosing to save their babies' stem cells in case of a future need. Find out how it's done, along with the cost, benefits, and drawbacks of the process.

How To Design a Calming Room for Autistic Kids

How To Design a Calming Room for Autistic Kids

Children on the autism spectrum need special kinds of surroundings, says interior designer Carolyn Feder. The registered interior designer owns Sensory Interior Design, a Dallas based design firm that specializes in organizing, arranging and designing residential (among other) spaces to fit the needs of special needs children.

How to Choose a Summer Camp for Children with Disabilities

How to Choose a Summer Camp for Children with Disabilities

It can be hard for parents of children with disabilities to find a summer camp that's just the right fit for their child. Here, Gary Shulman, program director for Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc., offers helpful tips on navigating the options.

Travel Tips for Families with a Visually Impaired Child

Travel Tips for Families with a Visually Impaired Child

The Hadley School for the Blind offers six tips on how to maximize the experience of a family trip for a child with a visual impairment.

How to Parent an Oppositional Child

How to Parent an Oppositional Child

David Swanson, licensed clinical psychologist, offers tips for parents on how to recognize and manage a child with oppositional defiant disorder.

Meet the Doctors in Suffolk County, Long Island - December 2009

Meet the Doctors in Suffolk County, Long Island - December 2009

Meet some of the health professionals in Suffolk County, Long Island, including pediatricians, dentists, and nutritionists catering to kids and families.

Meet the Doctors in Nassau County, Long Island - December 2009

Meet the Doctors in Nassau County, Long Island - December 2009

Meet some of the health professionals in Nassau County, Long Island, including pediatricians, dentists, and nutritionists catering to kids and families.

Meet the Doctors in Manhattan - December 2009

Meet the Doctors in Manhattan - December 2009

Meet some of the health professionals in Manhattan, including pediatricians, dentists, and nutritionists catering to kids and families.

Meet the Doctors in Fairfield County, CT - December 2009

Meet the Doctors in Fairfield County, CT - December 2009

Meet some of the health professionals in Fairfield County, CT, including pediatricians, dentists, and nutritionists catering to kids and families.

Meet the Doctors in Queens - December 2009

Meet the Doctors in Queens - December 2009

Meet some of the health professionals in Queens, including pediatricians, dentists, and nutritionists catering to kids and families.

Meet the Doctors in Brooklyn - December 2009

Meet the Doctors in Brooklyn - December 2009

Meet some of the health professionals in Brooklyn, including pediatricians, dentists, and nutritionists catering to kids and families.

Meet the Doctors in Westchester County - December 2009

Meet the Doctors in Westchester County - December 2009

Meet some of the health professionals in Westchester County, NY, including pediatricians, dentists, and nutritionists catering to kids and families.

Special Needs: Service Dogs for Children with Autism

Special Needs: Service Dogs for Children with Autism

Autism service dogs are providing families with much needed assistance, peace of mind, and a big doggy dose of unconditional love.

Gift Guide Tips for Children with Special Needs

Gift Guide Tips for Children with Special Needs

The holiday season is in full swing and gift guides have been published everywhere guiding parents on what the hottest toys and games are this year. Many of the guides have breakdowns for ages, gender, types of toys and price point, but what they don’t have is a toy guide for children with special needs. Those parents will need a bit more help when it comes to selecting the right toy for their child. Gina Maranga, Director of Program Operations at Block Institute, a Brooklyn educational facility dedicated to serving the needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities, has put together some tips for parents when it comes to selecting toys for their child with special needs: For children under 1 year old – Soft cuddly toys that can be activated to play music; busy/pop up boxes that have a cause and effect response; large, soft plastic, oddly shaped toys that are easy to grab and manipulate. For children 1 -3 years old – Shape and color sorters, medium sized dolls, animals and common objects to encourage labeling and pretend play; push/pull and ride on toys to encourage gross motor movement. For children 3 – 5 years old – Toys that encourage pretend play and expanded language like puppets, dress up sets, doll houses, cooking sets, barns, garages; toys that encourage fine motor skills like chunky crayons, chalk, tempera/finger paints, puzzles, Play-Doh, peg boards, building blocks; toys that encourage early literacy like big books, books on CD/tape, matching games, bingo/lingo.

Beyond Ritalin: An Alternative Therapy for Kids with ADHD

Beyond Ritalin: An Alternative Therapy for Kids with ADHD

While it’s estimated that 6 million children will take Ritalin or other stimulant medications, that doesn’t mean that it’s right for your child. Read on for an alternative therapy to ADHD, cognitive skills training, to see if it's a better fit for your little one.

New Places, New Programs for Kids in Queens - November 2009

New Places, New Programs for Kids in Queens - November 2009

Check out some of the newest additions to the Queens area that feature programs for kids and families.

Holiday Concerns for Special Needs

Holiday Concerns for Special Needs

For most families, the holidays represent a time to be with relatives, children, parents and family and celebrate. For a special needs family the holidays can create overwhelming stress.

Rockland County Family Featured in Upcoming PBS Documentary 'This Emotional Life'

Rockland County Family Featured in Upcoming PBS Documentary 'This Emotional Life'

The Ross family, residents of New City in Rockland County, NY, will be featured in the upcoming PBS documentary "This Emotional Life," set to air in January, which explores the human pursuit of happiness.

How to Identify an Early Learning Disability in Your Child, with Tips for How You Can Help at Home

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.

New Places, New Programs for Kids in Suffolk County, Long Island - October 2009

New Places, New Programs for Kids in Suffolk County, Long Island - October 2009

Stay up to date on new businesses and programs for kids and families opening up in Suffolk County, Long Island this fall.

The Truth About Dyslexia

The Truth About Dyslexia

There are many misunderstandings about dyslexia. Here, Wendy Burt-Thomas separates fact from myth about the condition.




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