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'The Best Advice I Ever Got': How to Cope with a Special Needs Diagnosis
Eleven parents of kids with special needs, all of whom have become experts in the special needs field, share the greatest wisdom they received that helped them cope after their children were diagnosed with disabilities. (read the story...)

Groups Help Children Gain Social Skills
Upper West Side’s Team Esteem helps children who have social, emotional, and behavioral challenges through social skills groups, art therapy, and facilitated play dates. Children gain social skills, communication skills, self-esteem, problem-solving skills, and more. (read the story...)

What to Do When You're at the End of Your Rope
As parents, we all have meltdowns now and then. Dr. Rita Eichenstein suggests key ways to deal with stress and frustration that will help you avoid the "end of the rope" and help you and your family feel happier. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Do You Recommend Mediation for Divorcing Parents of a Child with Special Needs?
Many attorneys suggest mediation for parents who are divorcing. We asked H. Michael Stern, Esq., MSW, an attorney and certified mediator on Long Island, how mediation can help in a divorce, especially when a child with special needs is involved. (read the story...)

Long Island JCC Plans to Expand Its Golf Program for Those with Disabilities
The JCC of the Greater Five Towns on Long Island is planning to expand its Play Golf program, which helps kids and young adults with disabilities learn the sport of golf as they get physical exercise and develop socialization skills. (read the story...)

Introducing: AutisMate
An NYC computer scientist was inspired to create AutisMate, an award-winning app that helps people with autism communicate, by his younger brother who has autism. Discover how this research-supported tool may be life-changing for your child, too. (read the story...)

No Apologies
When one mom realized she didn't owe strangers an explanation, a defense, or an apology when it came to her son's actions, she found she helped empower her son with autism. Linda Kimpton explains helping her 7-year-old son navigate life with no apologies. (read the story...)

Meet Your Staff
When you became a “special needs parent,” you unwittingly took on a new (unpaid) position as head of personnel for your child’s myriad specialists. Take a crash course in management from another SN mom with lots of experience under her belt. (read the story...)

No Ordinary Journey
When her infant daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, one mom turned her questions into action. Laverne's inspiring story about traveling the world with Kasenya and their family will inspire you to redefine the possibilities and journeys presented to your own family. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Suffolk County, Long Island
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Suffolk County, Long Island? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Suffolk County. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Nassau County, Long Island
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Nassau County, Long Island? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Nassau County. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Staten Island
Raising a child with special needs in Staten Island? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Staten Island, NY. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in The Bronx
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs in The Bronx? Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Bronx, NY. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Queens
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Queens? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Queens, NY. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Brooklyn
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Brooklyn, NY? Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a support group in Brooklyn. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Manhattan
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Manhattan? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Manhattan. (read the story...)

Homegrown Hero: Bronx Blogger Helps Dispel Special Needs Stigmas
Through her blog Autism Wonderland, Bronx writer Lisa Quinones, who is also the parent of a child with autism, helps dispel special needs stigmas in the Latino community. She's also a hero for following her own dream while raising a child with special needs. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Fairfield
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs can be challenging. Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Fairfield county and the surrounding areas. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Rockland
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs can be challenging. Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Rockland county. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Westchester
UPDATED APRIL 2014: Raising a child with special needs can be challenging. Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Westchester county. (read the story...)

14th Street Y Offers Fitness Classes for Kids with Special Needs
The 14th Street Y in NYC's East Village offers the KOL Program, which includes sports, fitness, movement, and music classes for kids with autism and communication disorders or language delays. (read the story...)

Kids and Anxiety: Why Tough Love Is Important
Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, explains the best way parents can deal with their children's anxiety at home, to aid in the treatment process. (read the story...)

How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?
Experts from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies explain what cognitive behavioral therapies are, common CBT treatment strategies, and what you can expect during and after CBT treatment sessions for anxiety or a related disorder. (read the story...)

What to Do When Your Daughter Gets Her First Period
How to help your girl, whose special needs make the first menstruation experience more challenging, cope with getting her period for the first time and develop healthy habits from the beginning. (read the story...)

Birth Control and the HPV Vaccine for Girls with Special Needs
When a young girl with disabilities gets her period for the first time, and questions arise about birth control, the HPV vaccine, and other precautions, there's more to consider than whether she plans to be sexually active. (read the story...)


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