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Yes, You and Your Child with Special Needs Can...

It's easy to get used to hearing about all the things your child with special needs can't do, but there are so many within their grasp with the right modifications and help. We spoke to various experts, parents, and even kids themselves for tips on how you can turn 'can't' into 'can.'

DIY: How to Make a Sensory Toy

DIY: How to Make a Sensory Toy

Trying to find the perfect sensory toy for your child can be a struggle, so why not make a sensory toy for your child with special needs? Here is a step-by-step guide to DIY a balloon sensory toy.

Children with Special Needs Can Learn to Play Piano

Children with Special Needs Can Learn to Play Piano

IF you thought piano lessons were not an option for your child with special needs, think again. Kristyn Rushton, a residential program manager at Life's WORC shares what to look for in a piano teacher and details about a program that was designed specifically for children with special needs.

How to Plan a Bar or Bat Mitzvah for a Child with Special Needs

How to Plan a Bar or Bat Mitzvah for a Child with Special Needs

Planning a bar or bat mitzvah is stressful for everyone, but when your child has special needs, there are more factors you need to plan for, from sensory issues to large crowds. But don't let this deter you from celebrating your child's mitzvah! A Long Island expert shares tips for planning a bar or bat mitzvah for your child with special needs.

Understood.org Launches as Complete Resource for Learning Disabiilities Community

Understood.org Launches as Complete Resource for Learning Disabiilities Community

Understood.org is a new, state-of-the-art website with a mission to help you find clear answers to the challenges your child with learning disabilities or attention issues may face at home, in school, and with friends.

Caroline's Carts Make It Easier to Shop with a Child with Special Needs

Caroline's Carts Make It Easier to Shop with a Child with Special Needs

Grocery shopping with kids can be a challenge, and even more so if your child has special needs. But Caroline's Carts, which have expanded to more than 250 stores, are making the supermarket easier for parents with special kids. Find out how to get Caroline's Carts in your local supermarket.

5 Tips for Cooking with Kids Who Have Special Needs

5 Tips for Cooking with Kids Who Have Special Needs

Cooking with kids who have special needs such as autism, sensory issues, or learning disabilities can be challenging, but the ability to make a meal is a valuable life skill and including kids in the kitchen has many lasting benefits. Here are five tips to help those with special needs learn to cook.

Easy Recipe for New Cooks: Creamy Tomato and Rice Basil Soup

Easy Recipe for New Cooks: Creamy Tomato and Rice Basil Soup

This easy recipe for creamy tomato soup with rice and basil was developed by a special education teacher and is featured in her cookbook, "Special Day Cooking: A Life Skills Cookbook," which is geared for those with developmental challenges as well as young people learning to cook.

How to Throw a Birthday Party for a Child with Special Needs

How to Throw a Birthday Party for a Child with Special Needs

Yes, you can throw a birthday bash for your child with special needs! Birthdays only come around once a year, so there’s pressure to get them just right. The most important thing is to involve your child in the planning process. Follow these expert tips for a successful birthday celebration.

How to Celebrate Halloween with a Child with Special Needs

How to Celebrate Halloween with a Child with Special Needs

Despite the BOO!-filled nature of Halloween, your child with an anxiety disorder, sensory issues, or other special needs can find a way to partake in the holiday. Preparation is key; read tips from the experts on how to have an enjoyable Halloween.

Day Care and Special Education Service Provider Opens in Dix Hills

Day Care and Special Education Service Provider Opens in Dix Hills

Alternatives for Children, a day care and special needs services provider, recently opened in Dix Hills. The center is licensed by New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and follows the National Association for Education of Young Children guidelines.

Sports Program for Kids with Special Needs Offers Classes in Saint James

Sports Program for Kids with Special Needs Offers Classes in Saint James

Be the Best Sport, a nonprofit sports program for children with special needs, now offers its sports classes at Sports Arena in Saint James.

KEEN New York Awarded $25,000 Partnership with Turbana

KEEN New York Awarded $25,000 Partnership with Turbana

KEEN New York has been awarded a $25,000 partnership with Turbana by winning the organization's "Win $25K for Your Cause" contest on Facebook. KEEN is a nonprofit program dedicated to athletes with special needs.

Managing Your Emotions After Your Child’s Special Needs Diagnosis

Managing Your Emotions After Your Child’s Special Needs Diagnosis

From anger and denial to acceptance and joy, parents of children with special needs are sure to experience a mixed bag of emotions. Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D. explains what’s normal and how parents can manage feelings in a healthy way and accept diagnosis.

IDA-LI President Raises Awareness of Dyslexia on Long Island

IDA-LI President Raises Awareness of Dyslexia on Long Island

The International Dyslexia Association, Long Island chapter recently appointed Connie Russo, Ed.D., as its new president. The organization raises awareness of dyslexia and provides support services for those with dyslexia on Long Island.

Keep Moving Forward Creates Independence Through Physical Therapy

Keep Moving Forward Creates Independence Through Physical Therapy

Keep Moving Forward, an intensive physical therapy facility for children with special needs in Nassau County, recently opened in Garden City.

Help Your Child Tame Anxiety at the Dentist

Help Your Child Tame Anxiety at the Dentist

Local experts share ways you can help your child face their fears and tame their anxiety about visiting the dentist, plus how to help a dental visit go smoothly for a child with special needs.

Resale Boutique for American Girl Dolls Supports Women with Autism

Resale Boutique for American Girl Dolls Supports Women with Autism

Girl AGain, a resale boutique for American Girl dolls and their accessories in Hartsdale, recently opened inside the Sweet Heaven Family Spa. The resale store is a venture of Yes She Can Inc, a nonprofit which provides job skills and employment opportunities for young women with autism.

Future Applications of Brain Research for Kids With Special Needs

Future Applications of Brain Research for Kids With Special Needs

In hopes of gaining a greater understanding of how the brain works, Manhattan-based organization, the Child Mind Institute advocates more scientific research of children with learning disorders and psychiatric disabilities. The organization believes that more studies could lead to more accurate diagnosis and treatment.

NYMetro Special Parent Spring/Summer 2014 Table of Contents

NYMetro Special Parent Spring/Summer 2014 Table of Contents

The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of NYMetro Special Parent magazine focuses on The Future for children with disabilities and their families. Read essays, profiles of local individuals with special needs, and helpful articles on transitioning from pediatric to adult health care, adult housing for those with disabilities, the value of overnight respite, and much more.

A Mother Reflects: Daughter with Special Needs Surpasses Doctors' Predictions

A Mother Reflects: Daughter with Special Needs Surpasses Doctors' Predictions

Jill Edelman, mother of a child with special needs and author of This Crazy Quilt: Parenting Adult Special Needs One Day At a Time, reflects on her daughter surpassing doctors' predictions and living a fulfilling life.

Targeted Genome Sequencing: The Future of Personalized Medicine

Targeted Genome Sequencing: The Future of Personalized Medicine

With targeted genome sequencing, doctors are able to determine the proper course of drug treatment for patients to prevent adverse drug reactions. Doctors hope to use such personalized medicine to change the landscape of treatments for children with special needs.

Child Mind Institute Promotes 'Speak Up Sundays' in May

Child Mind Institute Promotes 'Speak Up Sundays' in May

The Child Mind Institute, an organization dedicated to transforming mental health care for children, hosts its annual Speak Up for Kids campaign and encourages people everywhere to share stories about mental health issues during #SpeakUpSundays in May.

The Future for Children with Special Needs: Four Unique Perspectives

The Future for Children with Special Needs: Four Unique Perspectives

A young girl with autism, a sibling to two brothers on the spectrum, and two parents of children with disabilities share their unique perspectives on what the future will be like for their loves ones with special needs.

The Importance of Spending Nights Away from Home for Children with Special Needs

The Importance of Spending Nights Away from Home for Children with Special Needs

Spending the night away from home is an important rite of passage for children with disabilities. There are services to help and tips for making it easier on the child and the parent.




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