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Starabella Series Celebrates Children's Learning Differences

Starabella Series Celebrates Children's Learning Differences

The award-winning Starabella trilogy, about a little girl with learning differences who expresses herself through music, was inspired by author Sharon Fialco's own daughter, who has autism.

Lids 'N Lizards is a Fun and Educational Game for Kids

Lids 'N Lizards is a Fun and Educational Game for Kids

Lids 'N Lizards, a categorization game developed by Super Duper Publicatons, helps kids with special needs build up their articulation, categorization, and auditory and visual memory skills.

Funzee the Zebra Teaches Kids Everyday Sounds

Funzee the Zebra Teaches Kids Everyday Sounds

Funzee Everyday Sounds is an award-winning interactive software game developed by speech language pathologists that teaches kids the sounds of 60 common objects and allows parents to track their child's progress.

How to Find the Best Apps for a Child with Special Needs

How to Find the Best Apps for a Child with Special Needs

Apps for Children with Special Needs, a thorough and easy-to-follow website, makes it easier to know which apps are worth your money—and your child’s attention. (Discounted iPads, too.)

How Technology Can Help Children with Special Needs

How Technology Can Help Children with Special Needs

Innovative technology, including iPad apps and adaptable motorized wheelchairs, is revolutionizing the way many children with special needs communicate and experience the world.

Family Activities and Your Child with Special Needs: Get Out There, Together

Family Activities and Your Child with Special Needs: Get Out There, Together

Despite the obstacles—potential stares, insensitive comments from strangers—including your child with special needs in family outings, even everyday errands, is worth it. The father of a teen with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome shares his insights on how and why to make it work.

What Records a Parent of a Child with Special Needs Should Keep

What Records a Parent of a Child with Special Needs Should Keep

It’s critical to keep organized files and/or a notebook about your child’s school experiences. Use this checklist as a way to organize your child’s school paperwork for important meetings with teachers, counselors, specialists, or administrators.

Autism Speaks Releases IEP Guide for Parents

Autism Speaks Releases IEP Guide for Parents

A new Individualized Education Programs (IEP) guide helps parents of children with special needs understand the legal rights of students with disabilities and offers advice on how to get special education services and form an IEP for your child.

What to Do When Your Child is Diagnosed with a Learning Disability

What to Do When Your Child is Diagnosed with a Learning Disability

When your child has been recently diagnosed with a learning disability or you suspect your son or daughter may have learning disabilities, find out what your first steps should be.

How to Talk to Kids About Your Child with Special Needs

How to Talk to Kids About Your Child with Special Needs

Talking to a whole class may not always be the best strategy to protect your child, but it’s good for children to learn more about kids with “differences” and have a chance to develop empathy, notes Susan Schwartz, director of the Child Mind Institute’s Learning and Diagnostics Center. Here are a few tips on talking to children about psychiatric, developmental, and learning disorders.

Oppositional Behavior in Children with ADHD

Oppositional Behavior in Children with ADHD

Forty percent or more of kids with ADHD also have significant oppositional behavior. These guidelines will help you manage your child’s acting out—and help you remain calm in the tough moments.

How to Find Childcare for Your Child with Special Needs

How to Find Childcare for Your Child with Special Needs

The parent of a teen with special needs offers advice on how to find the best possible childcare help for your child with special needs—so you can take a break.

Ask the Expert: Why Do Students with Special Needs Require Multisensory Teaching Methods?

Ask the Expert: Why Do Students with Special Needs Require Multisensory Teaching Methods?

We asked Rhonda Boltax, a learning disabilities specialist and the founder of Keys to Reading in Great Neck, NY, if and why multisensory teaching methods, like visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile methods, are effective for children with special needs like learning disabilities and dyslexia.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Get My Child with Autism to Engage in Less Self-Stimulation?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Get My Child with Autism to Engage in Less Self-Stimulation?

We asked Michelle Colletti, an occupational therapist who practices in the NYC area, to give her insight on a question that often arises for parents of kids with autism: If my child is self-absorbed and often engages in self-stimulation, how can I get him to make more eye contact and "stimm" less?

A New Documentary on Tourette Syndrome Discusses the Stigmas, Myths, and Misconceptions about the Disorder

A New Documentary on Tourette Syndrome Discusses the Stigmas, Myths, and Misconceptions about the Disorder

Although an estimated 200,000 kids and adults suffer from Tourette Syndrome, there are still many stigmas and misconceptions surrounding the disorder. In a new documentary, one teen with Tourette's syndrome showcases the struggles and triumphs of living with the disorder, including a meeting with American Idol contestant James Durbin that changes everything.

Toilet Training Guide for Children with Special Needs

Toilet Training Guide for Children with Special Needs

Potty training can be trying for any family—but when your child has developmental delays, including autism, the process can seem almost impossible. Our expert comes to your rescue—with clear, step-by-step instructions on how to achieve success.

How to Potty Train a Child with Special Needs: Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Potty Train a Child with Special Needs: Step-by-Step Instructions

When you have a child with special needs, toilet training can seem pretty impossible, but there is greater success with a more structured and systematic approach to toilet training. Get some help from expert step-by-step instructions.

When Your Child Has a Learning Disability: Taking the First Steps

When Your Child Has a Learning Disability: Taking the First Steps

It is a daunting task for parents to work through a child’s disability. They must arm themselves with knowledge and information in order to be the best advocate for their child. One mother shares her story as well as some advice.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Honors Three Outstanding Teens from the New York City Area

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Honors Three Outstanding Teens from the New York City Area

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities honored seven teens from across the country this year with youth achievement awards, including three outstanding individuals from our area.

Grandparents and Children with Special Needs

Grandparents and Children with Special Needs

When parents are busy raising a child who has special needs, grandparents’ support can be a vital resource.

NYC Autism Speaks Gala Raises More than $66,000

NYC Autism Speaks Gala Raises More than $66,000

Autism Speaks' third annual Autism Speaks to Young Professionals summer gala, held in NYC, raised more than $66,000 for autism research and advocacy. The funds will help raise awareness and funds on behalf of individuals living with autism.

The Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner Opens in Westport CT

The Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner Opens in Westport CT

The Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner opens in Wesport, Connecticut, offering children and young adults representation in the areas of special education law and disability law.

Simon Says: Overcoming Autism Through Play

Simon Says: Overcoming Autism Through Play

Special needs mom and Inside Schools blogger Marni Goltsman discusses how her autistic son has gained social confidence through playing games like 'Simon Says'. Goltsman also writes of her hopes for her son's acceptance among his friends despite his social challenges.

How Kids with Special Needs can Build Healthy Friendships

How Kids with Special Needs can Build Healthy Friendships

It can be difficult for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or other special needs to make friends as quickly and easily as their peers. Check out the following tips for making friends as a special needs kid and what families can do to encourage them.

Dental Advice for Kids

Dental Advice for Kids

Read on for expert dental advice to keep your kids smiling bright. Local dentists and orthodontists answer various questions from parents.




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