New York City offers countless cultural events and fun kid-friendly activities for all families, including those of children with special needs. Visit the museums, local community centers, and more for special programming that is created with your child with special needs in mind.
Take a stroll through the nature trails on Long Island, including in Massapequa, Wantagh, and Smithtown, that have been approved as wheelchair accessible by the nonprofit Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.
Enjoy the fresh air and nature around you at these nature trails in New York City, including parks in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, that have been approved wheelchair accessible by the nonprofit Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.
A guide to kid-friendly activities and events in the suburbs of New York City and Fairfield County, such as Scarsdale, Westchester, Stratford, and Paramus, to help families of children with special needs, including sensory issues, have fun during these inclusive events and activities.
A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trails in the NYC Suburbs and Fairfield County in Connecticut
Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and nature around you at these national parks in Fairfield, Westchester, and Rockland counties, including parks in Monroe, Nyack, and Yonkers, that have been approved wheelchair accessible by the nonprofit Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.
Updated July 2015. For a child or anyone with sensory issues, the high volumes and bright screens of a movie theater can be scary and unpleasant. Autism Society and AMC Loews Theaters bring Sensory-Friendly Films, special screenings of new family movies that everyone can enjoy at the movie theater. Catch a sensory-friendly film at a theater near you in New York or Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder, often mistaken for shyness, that robs a child of the ability to speak in certain social situations. Here, learn about the diagnosis and treatment of selective mutism and how it will affect your child's life.
Chapel Haven has received a prestigious national award for its innovative and successful program for individuals on the autism spectrum. Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism, an initiative with the mission to support the growing number of people on the autism spectrum who are moving into adulthood, bestowed Chapel Haven with its first AFAA Applauds award.
Weill Cornell Medical College physicians and biomedical engineers at Cornell University have successfully built an ear replacement that looks and acts like the real thing. This new advance will give people with congenital ear deformity, microtia, an ear through reconstructive surgery.
When your child has special needs, planning a birthday party takes a lot of extra planning and special considerations from the parents. Joanna Dreifus, a New York City parent and mom of two children who each have special needs, shares her top tips for helping parents enjoy their special needs kid's birthday parties, even when it's hard. These tips will help make your child with special needs birthday easier for you and ultimately happier for them, too.
An accessible park in East Meadow on Long Island, New York opens to allow children of all abilities the chance to play on swings, go down slides, and hop on the merry-go-round.
If you're thinking of creating a special needs trust or supplemental needs trust for a loved one, first read these answers to frequently asked questions, including how to set up the trust, who can access it, and what benefits an SNT has compared to other options.
Experts explain how you can separate fads, scams, and myths from real and reliable information when it comes to products, programs, and health care for your children. Learn how to tell if information found online is reliable and supported by scientific evidence.
Friends are essential to a happy life as they enrich our lives, boost self-esteem, and can provide moral support. Help your children make friends and create good relationships in an effective and encouraging way with advice from The Child Mind Institute.
Confident Kid Club offers social skills development for Pelham children in a group setting. The program is for kids who are anxious, shy, have low self-esteem, and other issues. Confident Kid Club also offers teacher workshops, private special education itinerant teacher work, and consultations for teachers and schools.
14th Street Y recently added Ultimate Fitness to its class schedule. Ultimate Fitness is an exercise class for children with special needs in NYC. The class targets children on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, as well as children with communication and language delays.
The National Down Syndrome Congress, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation recently announced a collaborative effort to provide multiple educational resources and tools to address prenatal testing issues in the Down syndrome community.
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation has partnered with the National Down Syndrome Congress to publish an informational pamphlet about prenatal testing for Down syndrome.
From playing apps on the iPhone or iPad to sitting in front of a computer transfixed on role playing games and staring at a television to beat the next big boss in the latest video games, there's no doubt kids are spending a lot of hours playing video games. Experts from the Child Mind Institute delve into the effects playing video games may have on ADHD.
A Long Island mom and author of a 10-year-old boy who has autism shares tips on how to help classmates, typical siblings, family, and friends understand autism, and how to stay positive in the process.
One year after mainstreaming her gradeschool-aged son, a NYC mother reflects on the new set of challenges that come with that “progress,” from persisting stigmas for her son to shifting her own parental identity.
The Best of the Rest of the Web: Special Moments, Life-Changing Slice of Pizza, and Post-College Youth with ASD
From the fall/winter 2012 issue of Special Parent magazine, a selection of thought-provoking, laugh-inducing, or plain interesting thoughts from the web and the world of special parenting.
A pioneer in the guide dog field, Guiding Eyes for the Blind is now assisting children with autism and their families. The nonprofit recently welcomed five parents from across the region to their headquarters in Yorktown Heights for a special graduation ceremony where they celebrated their children’s new autism service dogs.
Three timeless tales will come to life with this audio recording and will help children with dyslexia engage with words and stories.