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The award-winning Starabella trilogy, about a little girl with learning differences who expresses herself through music, was inspired by author Sharon Fialco's own daughter, who has autism.
Lids 'N Lizards, a categorization game developed by Super Duper Publicatons, helps kids with special needs build up their articulation, categorization, and auditory and visual memory skills.
Funzee Everyday Sounds is an award-winning interactive software game developed by speech language pathologists that teaches kids the sounds of 60 common objects and allows parents to track their child's progress.
Apps for Children with Special Needs, a thorough and easy-to-follow website, makes it easier to know which apps are worth your money—and your child’s attention. (Discounted iPads, too.)
Innovative technology, including iPad apps and adaptable motorized wheelchairs, is revolutionizing the way many children with special needs communicate and experience the world.
Despite the obstacles—potential stares, insensitive comments from strangers—including your child with special needs in family outings, even everyday errands, is worth it. The father of a teen with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome shares his insights on how and why to make it work.
It’s critical to keep organized files and/or a notebook about your child’s school experiences. Use this checklist as a way to organize your child’s school paperwork for important meetings with teachers, counselors, specialists, or administrators.
A new Individualized Education Programs (IEP) guide helps parents of children with special needs understand the legal rights of students with disabilities and offers advice on how to get special education services and form an IEP for your child.
When your child has been recently diagnosed with a learning disability or you suspect your son or daughter may have learning disabilities, find out what your first steps should be.
Talking to a whole class may not always be the best strategy to protect your child, but it’s good for children to learn more about kids with “differences” and have a chance to develop empathy, notes Susan Schwartz, director of the Child Mind Institute’s Learning and Diagnostics Center. Here are a few tips on talking to children about psychiatric, developmental, and learning disorders.
Forty percent or more of kids with ADHD also have significant oppositional behavior. These guidelines will help you manage your child’s acting out—and help you remain calm in the tough moments.
The parent of a teen with special needs offers advice on how to find the best possible childcare help for your child with special needs—so you can take a break.
We asked Rhonda Boltax, a learning disabilities specialist and the founder of Keys to Reading in Great Neck, NY, if and why multisensory teaching methods, like visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile methods, are effective for children with special needs like learning disabilities and dyslexia.
We asked Michelle Colletti, an occupational therapist who practices in the NYC area, to give her insight on a question that often arises for parents of kids with autism: If my child is self-absorbed and often engages in self-stimulation, how can I get him to make more eye contact and "stimm" less?
Although an estimated 200,000 kids and adults suffer from Tourette Syndrome, there are still many stigmas and misconceptions surrounding the disorder. In a new documentary, one teen with Tourette's syndrome showcases the struggles and triumphs of living with the disorder, including a meeting with American Idol contestant James Durbin that changes everything.
Potty training can be trying for any family—but when your child has developmental delays, including autism, the process can seem almost impossible. Our expert comes to your rescue—with clear, step-by-step instructions on how to achieve success.
When you have a child with special needs, toilet training can seem pretty impossible, but there is greater success with a more structured and systematic approach to toilet training. Get some help from expert step-by-step instructions.
It is a daunting task for parents to work through a child’s disability. They must arm themselves with knowledge and information in order to be the best advocate for their child. One mother shares her story as well as some advice.
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities honored seven teens from across the country this year with youth achievement awards, including three outstanding individuals from our area.
When parents are busy raising a child who has special needs, grandparents’ support can be a vital resource.
Autism Speaks' third annual Autism Speaks to Young Professionals summer gala, held in NYC, raised more than $66,000 for autism research and advocacy. The funds will help raise awareness and funds on behalf of individuals living with autism.
The Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner opens in Wesport, Connecticut, offering children and young adults representation in the areas of special education law and disability law.
Special needs mom and Inside Schools blogger Marni Goltsman discusses how her autistic son has gained social confidence through playing games like 'Simon Says'. Goltsman also writes of her hopes for her son's acceptance among his friends despite his social challenges.
It can be difficult for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or other special needs to make friends as quickly and easily as their peers. Check out the following tips for making friends as a special needs kid and what families can do to encourage them.
Read on for expert dental advice to keep your kids smiling bright. Local dentists and orthodontists answer various questions from parents.