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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...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

5 Tips for Getting Great Photos 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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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 (read the story...)

How Should I Deal with My Child's Demands and Frustrations?
A social worker with two decades of experience working with stressed families and challenged children provides tips for parents on how to deal with their child’s demands and calm their frustrations in a constructive and successful way, without blowing up or giving in. (read the story...)

Does ADHD Exist?
The belief that ADHD, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, isn’t real is a serious threat to the timely treatment that can transform the lives of young people. Steven Kurtz, Ph.D., ABPP, describes why people are skeptical and how to effectively respond to this skepticism. (read the story...)

Down the Yellow Brick Road
Children with special needs of the DramaRama program performed a 30-minute show of' The Wizard of Oz" at New Canaan's Summer Theater Festival, memorizing lines and cues and achieving great milestones. (read the story...)

Horse Show in Central Park Celebrates Disabled Riders
GallopNYC, the NYC-based therapeutic riding organization, held its fifth annual Ride with Pride Horse Show in Central Park, celebrating its disabled riders. (read the story...)

Off We Go: Traveling Tips For A Child Who Has Special Needs
Traveling with your child who has special needs might not be easy, but it’s essential. Take control of your trip and keep your head held high. The Child Mind Institute offers tips and tricks to make traveling with a child who has special needs a rewarding experience for the whole family. (read the story...)

Advice and Help for Anxious Kids at Summer Camp
Is your child anxious about the upcoming summer at camp? Summer camp should be a fun experience for kids. For children whose anxiety gets in the way, NYC’s Child Mind Institute offers suggestions on how to clear the fear to make way for a more formative experience. (read the story...)

Special Needs Caregiver Course in Westchester
Teens in the Westchester area can learn how to care for kids with special needs in a babysitting course being offered in White Plains. (read the story...)


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