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.
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.
Talking about your child's special needs to peers is the best way to help them understand your child. Here are a few tips from Child Mind Institute about talking to children about psychiatric, developmental, and learning disorders.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 honored seven teens from across the country this year with youth achievement awards, including three outstanding individuals from our area.
When parents are busy raising a child who has special needs, grandparents’ support can be a vital resource.
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 Wesport, Connecticut, offering children and young adults representation in the areas of special education law and disability law.
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.
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.
Read on for expert dental advice to keep your kids smiling bright. Local dentists and orthodontists answer various questions from parents.
Though your special needs child may have been diagnosed in early childhood, it's possible that after some treatment and therapy, their initial diagnosis may change over time. Check out the following tips for monitoring your child's progress, and ensuring that they get an accurate medical assessment.
We asked Melanie Pearl, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist based in Stamford, CT, how to explain a special needs diagnosis to the affected child, and, specifically, her advice on how to tell a child with Aspberger's Syndrome that he has been diagnosed with Aspberger's.
Follow these tips to make sure you're paying enough attention to the siblings of a child with special needs.
When one child has special needs, families face the challenge of keeping the stress away from brothers and sisters. Our expert offers advice on how to help siblings cope during trying times.
Bank of America, proud sponsor of Special Olympics for more than three decades, today announced a three-year $1 million contribution to support Special Olympics, a global organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities and special needs.
New eye-gaze technologies at the Rett Syndrome Center at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx allow children affected by Rett to communicate with others.
Rett Syndrome is a rare and life-altering brain disorder that almost exclusively affects girls. Intense therapy is required to manage the disorder, but recent research presents reasons to hope a cure is possible.