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.

How To Monitor Change in Your Special Needs Child's Diagnosis

How To Monitor Change in Your Special Needs Child's Diagnosis

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.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Explain a Special Needs Diagnosis to My Child?

Ask the Expert: How Do I Explain a Special Needs Diagnosis to My Child?

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.

How to Treat Typical and Special Needs Siblings Fairly

How to Treat Typical and Special Needs Siblings Fairly

Follow these tips to make sure you're paying enough attention to the siblings of a child with special needs.

How to Support the Siblings of a Child with Special Needs

How to Support 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 Announces $1 Million Multi-Year Donation to Support Special Olympics

Bank of America Announces $1 Million Multi-Year Donation to Support Special Olympics

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 Technology at the Bronx's Rett Syndrome Center Helps Children Communicate

New Technology at the Bronx's Rett Syndrome Center Helps Children Communicate

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.

Understanding Rett Syndrome

Understanding Rett Syndrome

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.

How to Help Your ADHD Child

How to Help Your ADHD Child

Does your child have ADHD? GenConnect.com's resident expert Dr. Margery Fridstein provides suggestions for how to help them.

Long Island Disability Awareness Night Honors Three Local Heroes

Long Island Disability Awareness Night Honors Three Local Heroes

You may know that on May 18 the New York Mets trounced the Washington Nationals at Citi Field (shutting the Nats out 3-0). But for many in the stands that night, there was more to celebrate than a home team victory. It was also Long Island Disability Awareness Night, an event that honored the contributions of local individuals living with disabilities along with their families and caregivers.

Danny's Wish Distributes 30 iPads to Autistic Children

Danny's Wish Distributes 30 iPads to Autistic Children

The iPad for Austism campaign is an ongoing fundraiser created by Danny's Wish as a way to provide iPads to needy kids who may otherwise be unable to afford one. Recently, Danny's Wish, a Long Island-based special needs organization, distributed 30 iPads to autistic children in 19 different states.

Sibling Support, Sports, Play, & Planning Services: A Guide for Parents with a Special Needs Child

Sibling Support, Sports, Play, & Planning Services: A Guide for Parents with a Special Needs Child

Caring for your child with special needs is challenging as well as stressful. Here's a guide to shed some light on how to deal with and support your other kids, understand the importance of sports and imaginary play, and how to plan ahead.

'Journey Into Dyslexia': Talking with the Filmmakers

'Journey Into Dyslexia': Talking with the Filmmakers

A new HBO film from an Academy Award-winning team puts the spotlight on an often misunderstood learning disability.

Televised Series Exploring Critical Issues Presents 'Autism and Asperger's Syndrome' This May

Televised Series Exploring Critical Issues Presents 'Autism and Asperger's Syndrome' This May

"Exploring Critical Issues," the award-winning broadcast series conceived and hosted by Adelphi University President Dr. Robert A. Scott, examines the research and policies affecting those with autism and Asperger's syndrome in a one-hour broadcast airing this May in the New York area.

Drive4Rebecca Completes Cross-Country Advocacy Tour

Drive4Rebecca Completes Cross-Country Advocacy Tour

On April 16, Jon Singer and his daughter Rebecca, along with friends and family, set out on a 3,500-mile cross-country trek from New York to California to raise money and awareness for special needs advocacy.

New Special Needs Website Helps Parents Understand Their Child's Legal Rights

New Special Needs Website Helps Parents Understand Their Child's Legal Rights

A new website launched by Littman Krooks, a law firm that specializes in special needs planning and special education advocacy, helps parents understand their child's legal rights.




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