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Top 10 Tips for Advocating for Your Child With Special Needs

Top 10 Tips for Advocating for Your Child With Special Needs

Gloria Corsino, mother of two boys on the autism spectrum and parent member and president of District 75 Community Education council, gives her top 10 tips on advocating for her children with disabilities to ensure a better tomorrow.

How to Build a DNA Kit for Your Child

How to Build a DNA Kit for Your Child

Having a current child ID kit enables parents to provide immediate and essential information for the search, recover, and rescue of a missing child. Follow these tips to build a DNA kit for your child.

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Max Gamer, an Accessible Icon, and Celebrating Small Milestones

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Max Gamer, an Accessible Icon, and Celebrating Small Milestones

From the NYMetro Special Parent Spring/Summer 2014 issues comes a selection of thought-provoking quotes about special needs parenting, including one dad's take on miniscule milestones, optimism about autism, and an introduction to the new accessible icon.

St. Vincent’s Adds Hydroworx Pool for Aqua Therapy

St. Vincent’s Adds Hydroworx Pool for Aqua Therapy

St. Vincent's Special Needs Services recently added a Hydroworx pool and now offers aqua therapy. St. Vincent's school has also expanded to offer services for children with autism spectrum disorder.

Everyday Heroes: Inspiring Individuals with Disabilities

Everyday Heroes: Inspiring Individuals with Disabilities

Meet seven area individuals whose special needs, from cerebral palsy to Down syndrome, have not defined them. Their families deserve plenty of credit for their achievements, for sure, yet it's their heart, determination, and personality that deserve to be emulated.

Everyday Heroes: Meet Randy Reyes

Everyday Heroes: Meet Randy Reyes

"How wrong they were," Randy's mom says of the early specialists who grossly overestimated how limiting this brave boy's cerebral palsy would be. Randy has since graduated high school and is enrolled in college in Manhattan.

Everyday Heroes: Meet Courtney Raible

Everyday Heroes: Meet Courtney Raible

Busy, busy: With a four-day-a-week job, a regular volunteering gig, volleyball, bingo, theater, and more, this developmentally delayed young lady is never bored, and always determined.

Everyday Heroes: Meet Angelina McFarlane

Everyday Heroes: Meet Angelina McFarlane

Defying early expectations, this preschooler with cerebral palsy has begun to use her voice and has strengthened core muscles, improving her chances of walking. Her family loves her no matter what.

Everyday Heroes: Meet Matthew Futterman

Everyday Heroes: Meet Matthew Futterman

This Long Islander, who has autism, courageously crossed the finish line of his 26-mile dream. Matthew started running when he found it calmed his anxiety, and with the help of a dedicated coach, he completed the New York City Marathon.

Everyday Heroes: Meet Sam McCarthy

Everyday Heroes: Meet Sam McCarthy

Not only has this "happy, stubborn man," as his dad describes him, lived beyond the age doctors predicted when he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but a residential farm-based facility in upstate New York gives him real purpose.

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.




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