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Everyday Heroes: Meet Joshua Eber

Everyday Heroes: Meet Joshua Eber

Joshua Eber, an accomplished Rockland-based actor who happens to have Down syndrome, is a role model and a downright happy guy. Joshua has defied many medical expectations throughout his life in order to pursue his passion for performing.

Is a Health Care Proxy Right for Your Child with Disabilities?

Is a Health Care Proxy Right for Your Child with Disabilities?

If your child has a disability and is about to turn 18, you should know about options such as a Health Care Proxy and the more involved legal guardianship, both of which allow you to stay involved in your child's medical care once he reaches adulthood.

Everyday Heroes: Meet Kenny Berg

Everyday Heroes: Meet Kenny Berg

Born blind, deaf, and with a developmental disability, Kenny Berg of Queens has defied doctor's expectations from the start. His fighting spirit, combined with his mother's passionate advocacy, has set the stage for a life full of independence and love.

Overnight Respite Programs for Children with Special Needs in the NYC Area

Overnight Respite Programs for Children with Special Needs in the NYC Area

If your child has special needs, an overnight respite program can provide some much needed relief. Here, we put together a list of places that offer overnight respite for children in the NYC area, including Long Island and Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield counties.

Two New Summer Camps for Children with Social Deficits

Two New Summer Camps for Children with Social Deficits

Rockland Jewish Family Service Summer Camps for Children with Social Deficits will offer two new programs this summer: Camp Kipanga for children ages 5-10 and Camp Katikati for children ages 11-13. The camps are for children with social deficits such as autism, ADD, and social anxiety.

Your Child Had A Special Needs Diagnosis—Now What?

Your Child Had A Special Needs Diagnosis—Now What?

Learning that your child has special needs can be overwhelming and coping with the diagnosis can daunting. Rockland County mom Debbie Bertrand shares her experiences as she navigated life after her daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Mid-Island Y JCC Receives Donation for Special Needs Center

Mid-Island Y JCC Receives Donation for Special Needs Center

Mid-Island Y JCC’s center for special needs in Plainview has a new name—the Adler Center for Special Needs—due to a donation from Kenneth and Ann Dorman Adler. The center provides services for children and adults with special needs.

Easter Seals' Inclusive Preschool Opens in Sayville

Easter Seals' Inclusive Preschool Opens in Sayville

Easter Seals Child Development Center recently opened an inclusive preschool for children with and without special needs on Long Island. The preschool’s lesson plans are designed to fit the unique needs of the students, and the creative curriculum meets children where they are at developmentally.

Social Skills Group Focuses on Outdoor Activities

Social Skills Group Focuses on Outdoor Activities

Cooke Center, a learning and development center for children with special needs, now offers an outdoor-based social skills group for children in Manhattan.

'The Best Advice I Ever Got': How to Cope with a Special Needs Diagnosis

'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.

Groups Help Children Gain Social Skills

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.

What to Do When You're at the End of Your Rope

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.

Ask the Expert: Do You Recommend Mediation for Divorcing Parents of a Child with Special Needs?

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.

Long Island JCC Plans to Expand Its Golf Program for Those with Disabilities

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.

Introducing: AutisMate

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.

Special Stuff: Part 3
No Apologies

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.

Become CEO of Your Child's Care

Become CEO of Your Child's Care

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 an SN mom with lots of experience under her belt.

No Ordinary Journey

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.

Homegrown Hero: Bronx Blogger Helps Dispel Special Needs Stigmas

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.

14th Street Y Offers Fitness Classes for Kids with Special Needs

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.

Kids and Anxiety: Why Tough Love Is Important

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.

How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

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.

What to Do When Your Daughter Gets Her First Period

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.

Birth Control and the HPV Vaccine for Girls with Special Needs

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.




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