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A Long Island Mom and Author Helps Explain Autism to Kids

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.

How a Gradeschool-Aged Child is Doing After 1 Year of Being Mainstreamed into the Classroom

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.

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Special Moments, Life-Changing Slice of Pizza, and Post-College Youth with ASD

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.

Heeling Autism Guide Dogs Help Kids With Autism In Westchester

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.

Catherine Zeta-Jones Brings 'The Runaway Bunny' To Life

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.

Do's and Don'ts for Mainstreaming Your Child with ASD

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.

Perfect 'Pets' For Sensory-Seeking Kids

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.

Try This Transportable Alternative To A Standard Wheelchair

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.

Yoga Deck and Ball Helps Kids Keep Calm, Build Strength

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.

Melville Family Hosts T Off 4 Autism

Melville Family Hosts T Off 4 Autism

Six years ago, a Long Island family founded T Off 4 Autism. This year, the annual golf fundraiser and auction dinner raised $170,000 for autism research.

Long Beach Resident Receives Disability Leadership Award

Long Beach Resident Receives Disability Leadership Award

Dr. Jon Feingold of Long Beach received the 2012 MassMutual Disability Leadership Award for his work in the special needs community.

How To Share A Diagnosis With Your Child

How To Share A Diagnosis With Your Child

Sharing a diagnosis with your child is one of the scariest things a special needs parent faces—and all sorts of questions arise. Where? When? How? Here’s how to get the conversation started, and remain positive in the process.

Taking Pictures of Kids with Special Needs

Taking Pictures of Kids with Special Needs

A professional photographer who has a son on the autism spectrum and specializes in photographing kids offers parents five tips on how to capture great photos of their own children.

Long Island Photographer Captures Kids' Personalities

Long Island Photographer Captures Kids' Personalities

Getting the "perfect" picture of your child with special needs may be a struggle, but Long Island-based photographer Kerry St. Ours says it should be about capturing the child's spirit and personality. Here are some of St. Ours' photos featuring children with special needs.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make My Child with Autism Feel More Comfortable Riding the School Bus?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make My Child with Autism Feel More Comfortable Riding the School Bus?

For kids on the autism spectrum, riding the bus to school can be an overwhelming and uncomfortable sensory experience. A local expert explains how parents can help make the ride more manageable.

Miracle League of Long Island Gives Kids with Special Needs a Chance to Play Ball

Miracle League of Long Island Gives Kids with Special Needs a Chance to Play Ball

Kristine Fitzpatrick founded the Miracle League to provide homerun miracles to children with special needs on Long Island.

Bullying Prevention: Parents Make the Difference

Bullying Prevention: Parents Make the Difference

How the movie "Bully" started a movement to end bullying, and why we as parents need to act on its message.

Autism Speaks Launches School Community Tool Kit 2.0

Autism Speaks Launches School Community Tool Kit 2.0

Autism Speaks' new School Community Tool Kit 2.0 is a resource meant to help classmates, teachers, and other school staff to better understand students on the autism spectrum and how to support them.

Why Are Children on the Autism Spectrum More Vulnerable to Bullying?

Why Are Children on the Autism Spectrum More Vulnerable to Bullying?

Children with ASD and other special needs diagnoses are prime targets for bullying. "Bully," a powerful film now out in theaters, and the book tie-in reveal compelling research and survey results.

Send a High Five to Help Special Olympics Athletes

Send a High Five to Help Special Olympics Athletes

Through VSP Vision Care's Send a High Five campaign, you can help up to 50,000 Special Olympics athletes receive eye exams and related vision services with just a few clicks.

New Survey Finds Americans Are Confused About Learning Disabilities

New Survey Finds Americans Are Confused About Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) recently released a shocking new survey of nearly 2,000 American adults (4.4% margin of error), showing that Americans lack a basic understanding of learning disabilities (LDs). We present the new information about causes and treatments for LDs, and rights for kids who have them.

Five Reasons Why Dogs Make Great Reading Partners For Children

Five Reasons Why Dogs Make Great Reading Partners For Children

It turns out dogs are not only good for our health, finding missing people, and helping disabled people live independent lives – they're good for kids' report cards, too. Michael and Linda Amiri offer five reasons why dogs make great reading partners for your kids.

Helping Challenged Kids Go Back To School

Helping Challenged Kids Go Back To School

How can you help your child with a psychiatric or learning disability deal with going back to school? Model confidence, create structure, and get to know the new teacher. Our expert offers six things to keep in mind as the academic year kicks into swing.

Bookshare Supplies Free Book Downloads For Kids With Learning Disabilities

Bookshare Supplies Free Book Downloads For Kids With Learning Disabilities

If your child has a learning difference like dyslexia, they may qualify for free digital books and reading tools from Bookshare, a literacy solution of Benetech, a nonprofit funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Prepare for Traveling with a Child Who Has Asthma?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Prepare for Traveling with a Child Who Has Asthma?

Preparation is the most important thing when traveling with a child who has asthma. A local pediatrician offers advice on how to prepare your asthmatic child for a variety of scenarios, including flying, hotel stays, international travel, and emergencies. UPDATED: January 2013




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