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A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trails in the NYC Suburbs and Fairfield County in Connecticut
Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and nature around you at these national parks in Fairfield, Westchester, and Rockland counties, including parks in Monroe, Nyack, and Yonkers, that have been approved wheelchair accessible by the nonprofit Rails-To-Trails Conservancy. (read the story...)

Where to Watch Sensory Friendly Films in the NYC Area
For a child or anyone with sensory issues, the high volumes and bright screens of a movie theater can be scary and unpleasant. Autism Society and AMC Loews Theaters bring Sensory-Friendly Films, special screenings of new family movies that everyone can enjoy at the movie theater. Catch a sensory-friendly film at a theater near you in New York or Fairfield County, Connecticut. (read the story...)

Selective Mutism: Diagnosis, Treatment, and What It Means for Your Child
Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder, often mistaken for shyness, that robs a child of the ability to speak in certain social situations. Here, learn about the diagnosis and treatment of selective mutism and how it will affect your child's life. (read the story...)

Chapel Haven Receives Grant For Successful Program For Adults On The Autism Spectrum
Chapel Haven has received a prestigious national award for its innovative and successful program for individuals on the autism spectrum. Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism, an initiative with the mission to support the growing number of people on the autism spectrum who are moving into adulthood, bestowed Chapel Haven with its first AFAA Applauds award. (read the story...)

New Bioengineered Ears Look and Act Like the Real Thing
Weill Cornell Medical College physicians and biomedical engineers at Cornell University have successfully built an ear replacement that looks and acts like the real thing. This new advance will give people with congenital ear deformity, microtia, an ear through reconstructive surgery. (read the story...)

Tips For Enjoying Your Special Needs Child's Birthday
When your child has special needs, planning a birthday party takes a lot of extra planning and special considerations from the parents. Joanna Dreifus, a New York City parent and mom of two children who each have special needs, shares her top tips for helping parents enjoy their special needs kid's birthday parties, even when it's hard. These tips will help make your child with special needs birthday easier for you and ultimately happier for them, too. (read the story...)

A Playground for All on Long Island
An accessible park in East Meadow on Long Island, New York opens to allow children of all abilities the chance to play on swings, go down slides, and hop on the merry-go-round. (read the story...)

Special Needs Trusts: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
If you're thinking of creating a special needs trust or supplemental needs trust for a loved one, first read these answers to frequently asked questions, including how to set up the trust, who can access it, and what benefits an SNT has compared to other options. (read the story...)

How to Be an Informed Consumer of Online Information
Experts explain how you can separate fads, scams, and myths from real and reliable information when it comes to products, programs, and health care for your children. Learn how to tell if information found online is reliable and supported by scientific evidence. (read the story...)

How to Help Your Child With Special Needs Make Friends
Friends are essential to a happy life as they enrich our lives, boost self-esteem, and can provide moral support. Help your children make friends and create good relationships in an effective and encouraging way with advice from The Child Mind Institute. (read the story...)

Children Develop Social Skills with Group Activities
Confident Kid Club offers social skills development for Pelham children in a group setting. The program is for kids who are anxious, shy, have low self-esteem, and other issues. Confident Kid Club also offers teacher workshops, private special education itinerant teacher work, and consultations for teachers and schools. (read the story...)

14th Street Y Adds Ultimate Fitness for Children with Special Needs
14th Street Y recently added Ultimate Fitness to its class schedule. Ultimate Fitness is an exercise class for children with special needs in NYC. The class targets children on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, as well as children with communication and language delays. (read the story...)

Three Down Syndrome Resources Collaborate on Prenatal Testing Issues
The National Down Syndrome Congress, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation recently announced a collaborative effort to provide multiple educational resources and tools to address prenatal testing issues in the Down syndrome community. (read the story...)

Down Syndrome Prenatal Testing Pamphlet Now Available
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation has partnered with the National Down Syndrome Congress to publish an informational pamphlet about prenatal testing for Down syndrome. (read the story...)

Do Video Games Cause ADHD?
From playing apps on the iPhone or iPad to sitting in front of a computer transfixed on role playing games and staring at a television to beat the next big boss in the latest video games, there's no doubt kids are spending a lot of hours playing video games. Experts from the Child Mind Institute delve into the effects playing video games may have on ADHD. (read the story...)

5 Tips to Making Play Dates Easier for Children with Special Needs
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A Long Island Mom and Author Helps Explain Autism to Kids
A Long Island mom and author of a 10-year-old boy who has autism shares tips on how to help classmates, typical siblings, family, and friends understand autism, and how to stay positive in the process. (read the story...)

How a Gradeschool-Aged Child is Doing After 1 Year of Being Mainstreamed into the Classroom
One year after mainstreaming her gradeschool-aged son, a NYC mother reflects on the new set of challenges that come with that “progress,” from persisting stigmas for her son to shifting her own parental identity. (read the story...)

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Special Moments, Life-Changing Slice of Pizza, and Post-College Youth with ASD
From the fall/winter 2012 issue of Special Parent magazine, a selection of thought-provoking, laugh-inducing, or plain interesting thoughts from the web and the world of special parenting. (read the story...)

Heeling Autism Guide Dogs Help Kids With Autism In Westchester
A pioneer in the guide dog field, Guiding Eyes for the Blind is now assisting children with autism and their families. The nonprofit recently welcomed five parents from across the region to their headquarters in Yorktown Heights for a special graduation ceremony where they celebrated their children’s new autism service dogs. (read the story...)

Catherine Zeta-Jones Brings 'The Runaway Bunny' To Life
Three timeless tales will come to life with this audio recording and will help children with dyslexia engage with words and stories. (read the story...)

Do's and Don'ts for Mainstreaming Your Child with ASD
We spoke to Pelham resident Barbara Boroson, who is a social worker and school consultant, mother of two—one of her children is on the autism spectrum—and author of "Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Mainstream Classroom: How to Reach and Teach Students With ASDs" to get advice for parents about to mainstream their child with autism. (read the story...)

Perfect 'Pets' For Sensory-Seeking Kids
By combining an extremely soft texture, a small amount of weight, and an adorable animal face, The Sensory University has created a system that will instantly become your sensory-seeking child’s best friend. (read the story...)

Try This Transportable Alternative To A Standard Wheelchair
The Trotter Mobility Pushchair Stroller features a lightweight folding frame with closure straps, making it ideal for simple transportation for children with special needs and parents who want to be as mobile as possible. (read the story...)

Yoga Deck and Ball Helps Kids Keep Calm, Build Strength
This educational card deck is great for all kids who want to find calm, build strength, and practice balance. (read the story...)


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