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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...)

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...)

Captured Moments: Photos of Special Kids
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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...)


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