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Scarsdale Library Offers Free Programming for Kids with Special Needs

Scarsdale Library Offers Free Programming for Kids with Special Needs

The Scarsdale Library partners with a parent-teacher committee to add more free programming for families of children with special needs, including reading to therapy dogs and creating an accepting atmosphere.

Homegrown Heroes: The Heart of an Advocate

Homegrown Heroes: The Heart of an Advocate

Westchester County teen Nick Lombardi has spent the past eight years advocating for autism awareness, his efforts reaching local and national families alike and benefiting Autism Speaks. And it all started with a trip to the mall.

Jewish Education for All Children

Jewish Education for All Children

A 30-year-old program at a local synagogue in Wantagh provides Jewish Education and a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony for kids with special needs.

Free Program for Parents Teaches How to Affect Positive Change in Community

Free Program for Parents Teaches How to Affect Positive Change in Community

The Parent Leadership Initiative is a free program that teaches parents how to affect positive change in the community for their children.

Donate to ALM Outreach Campaign and Receive a Super Duper Fun Decks

Donate to ALM Outreach Campaign and Receive a Super Duper Fun Decks

Donate $13 to the Autistic Like Me IndieGoGo campaign in order to receive a Fun Decks perk. You’ll support a great cause and receive your very own Fun Decks. It’s a great gift for your child and a charitable donation to a meaningful cause all at once!

Toys R Us Shines a Light for Autism

Toys R Us Shines a Light for Autism

Toys R Us has joined Autism Speaks to increase awareness about autism and raise funds for the cause during Autism Awareness Month. Find out how you can help.

The Father Factor

The Father Factor

When a child is diagnosed with a learning disability, dads often have a difficult time accepting the diagnosis and that it can't be solved by tougher discipline. Here are tips for dads on how to become a positive force in their children's educational growth.

How to Teach a Child with Down Syndrome to Tie Shoes

How to Teach a Child with Down Syndrome to Tie Shoes

Children with Down syndrome are a wonderfully varied group. They do, though, tend to have particular strengths and difficulties, and both should be considered when teaching shoe tying.

Into the Mainstream: At Third-Grade, Son Transfers to 'Typical' Classroom

Into the Mainstream: At Third-Grade, Son Transfers to 'Typical' Classroom

Transitioning her third-grade son to a fully inclusive educational environment means forging new connections for this NYC mom. Together they adapt to their new normal.

Sensory Overload

Sensory Overload

Tantrums, clumsiness, and ‘immaturity’ all could point to problems taking in the world, which could mean your kid has sensory processing issues.

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Awkward Dances, Heroes, & Reasons for Rejecting Medicine

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Awkward Dances, Heroes, & Reasons for Rejecting Medicine

A selection of thought-provoking, laugh-inducing, or just plain interesting thoughts from the web and the world of parenting.

Marking April Autism Awareness Month

Marking April Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Speaks lit the way with the third annual “Light It Up Blue” campaign on April 2. We mark the occasion with a section of tools, inspiration, and hope.

Yoga For Every Body

Yoga For Every Body

Practicing yoga with your kids with special needs allows you to positively bond with them while also allowing your kids to transfer their attention from the stresses of the day to yoga poses that help them relax and focus on breathing.

New Bedtime Routine for Kids Relies on Yoga

New Bedtime Routine for Kids Relies on Yoga

A unique Dr. Seuss-like book, Yawning Yoga by Laurie Jordan uses yoga as a tool to help children establish a bedtime routine and helps everyone, including parents, get a good night's sleep.

Warning Signs of Autism

Warning Signs of Autism

The warning signs are as varied as the number of children affected by autism. There are no known biological markers or medical test to diagnose autism and the cause remains unknown. Here are three major criteria a child should exhibit for a diagnosis of autism.

Autism Speaks Lights It Up Blue

Autism Speaks Lights It Up Blue

In honor of United Nations World Autism Awareness Day (April 2), Autism Speaks shines a light on the prevalence of autism and the issues surrounding the developmental disorder with its third annual "Light It Up Blue" campaign, a global initiative.

An Inspirational Story of Temple Grandin

An Inspirational Story of Temple Grandin

A new book by best-selling author Sy Montgomery tells the inspirational story of Temple Grandin, one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people and a passionate advocate for autism.

How to Prevent Weight Gain in Kids with Autism

How to Prevent Weight Gain in Kids with Autism

More than half of children with autism spectrum disorders are overweight, at risk for diabetes or cardiovascular disease, or have bone and joint problems. Creating a regular exercise routine that mimics play is essential to improve health issues in the long run.

New Book Features Artwork by Individuals on the Spectrum

New Book Features Artwork by Individuals on the Spectrum

A new book, The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions by Debra Hosseini, showcases the artwork of individuals on the spectrum, illustrating what can result when people on the spectrum tap into their unique perceptions of the world.

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In Queens, Kids Can Join Story Time Via Skype

In Queens, Kids Can Join Story Time Via Skype

Queens Library and the NYC Department of Education have teamed up to offer the new Mail-A-Book program, which delivers books, educational materials, and other library services to homebound Queens residents who are too sick to visit a library location.

'Autistic Like Me: A Father's Perspective' Exclusive Interview

'Autistic Like Me: A Father's Perspective' Exclusive Interview

'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.

Ask the Expert: Are My Child's Learning Problems Really Caused by Hidden Vision Problems?

Ask the Expert: Are My Child's Learning Problems Really Caused by Hidden Vision Problems?

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.

Dreams Delayed

Dreams Delayed

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.

Time Management 101

Time Management 101

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.




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