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'Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective' is a feature documentary film directed by Charles Jones, chronicling the journey of five fathers whose children have all been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. We interviewed Jones and Anthony Merkerson, a Queens father featured in the film, and featured excerpts of the interview in our April issue. Read on for the full transcript.
A staggering number of children who have learning difficulties are also suffering from hidden vision problems, which may be the cause of their trouble in school. Local expert Michal Luchins, O.D., of Family Vision & Learning Center in Suffern, NY, weighs in on the critical link between vision and learning and how to tell if your child is struggling with learning-related vision problems.
When your child has autism or other developmental delays, he won’t conform to a typical schedule of milestones—and hopes you had envisioned for him may come true later than you imagined. Here are six pieces of advice, from parents who’ve been there, on adjusting to a child’s limitations.
Keeping children with learning disabilities and ADHD on a schedule—especially one they can eventually manage themselves—is doable. Our expert strategy will put you on the right path.
Are you looking to hire a private tutor for your child who has learning disabilities? Find out what questions you should ask and download a handy worksheet that will help you evaluate each candidate.
Toys "R" Us provides parents and caregivers with reliable gift recommendations for kids with special needs in its 2011 Toy Guide for Differently Abled Kids. Find out which toys are on the list this year and all about the special features of the guide that can help you find the perfect toy for a child of any skill level or ability.
Children with special needs can make great gains playing sports, whether in programs just for them or on integrated teams. Here are some places in Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield County to keep your kids active...
New York State budget cuts effective in the new year will take critical funding away from the New York City Tourette Syndrome Counseling Program and force it to shut down.
New in Rego Park, PlayWorks NYC provides pediatric care, including physical, occupational, speech and language therapies, to children with special needs.
Dingle the dog, who is determined to help his handicapped owner, teaches kids the value of hard work, patience, and a helpful attitude in this book by Audrey Kinsella.
For children with autism, Halloween can be a very scary time. Debora Harris, president of the ELIJA Foundation and director of the ELIJA School on Long Island, offers her top five tips on how parents can make Halloween more fun and less frightening for a child on the autism spectrum.
Triaid, an innovative manufacturer of special needs equipment for children, offers tricycles especially adapted for kids with disabilities. Get our discount code for 20 percent off!
Samantha McLeod's trilogy of children's books document her experience growing up with, and learning to accept and love, a brother who has autism.
These medical ID and awareness bracelets by Hope Paige Medical are a subtle way to keep kids with medical conditions or special needs safe when they're away from home, and they're modern and fashionable enough to wear everyday.
A Bill of Rights for Parent of Kids with Special Needs written by a Ellen Seidman, in honor of her son Max, and all children with special needs.
Learn all about this developmental reading disorder, including facts, warning signs, common myths, and more, by checking out our round-up of dyslexia information.
The Jewels Institute, a nonprofit organization in New Rochelle, hosted a yoga fundraiser to raise money for its free Speak to the Beat program, a speech therapy program offered to local children who are underserved or have special needs.
Kids of Courage, a Long Island-based nonprofit organization, took more than 100 local children, all either chronically ill or with severe special needs, on a nine-day summer vacation to San Francisco.
The Skoog, an innovative new instrument that can play an orchestra of sounds, gives children with special needs the ability to create music.
Super Duper Publications' HearBuilder series has introduced a new software program that helps kids, with or without special needs, improve their listening skills and learn how to follow directions.
Glide Bikes' new Super Glider is specially designed to help older kids and adults with special needs learn to ride by first improving motor skills and balance.
Jeepers Peepers, The Ask and Answer Question Game, puts a fun spin on the age-old 20 Questions game and helps kids develop early language and a host of other skills.
"The Silver Mist," a fiction novel told from the perspective of a young woman with Down syndrome, is a touching and unique read that raises questions about the ways in which we view this illness.
An autistic teen hopes to increase acceptance and understanding of those with autism through his book, "How to Talk to an Autistic Kid," which explains autism and its symptoms in easy-to-understand terms.
Etnies, maker of action shoes and apparel, has partnered with Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, to create co-branded kids' RVM and Fader footwear that support Autism Speaks' mission.