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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.

10-Point Checklist to Prepare for Your Daughter's First Period

10-Point Checklist to Prepare for Your Daughter's First Period

Is your daughter with special needs about to get her period for the first time? Here is a 10-point checklist to help you prepare her for her first menstruation, including how to help her understand and accept the experience and self-care it requires.

Literacy lifts children with Down syndrome socially

Literacy lifts children with Down syndrome socially

Apart from an improved aptitude for learning, literacy helps children with Down syndrome by building self-esteem and confidence to interact socially.

Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act’s Open Enrollment Marketplaces

Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act’s Open Enrollment Marketplaces

Obamacare's open enrollment period for health insurance marketplaces begins on Oct. 1. This key feature of the Affordable Care Act means guaranteed coverage for more families with members with disabilities and other pre-existing conditions, but it will take some time to see how employers and individuals adapt to the changes.

Child and Family Counseling Center Opens in Westport

Child and Family Counseling Center Opens in Westport

Boost! Child and Family Services, a Westport-based family counseling and support center, recently opened. The center provides individual and group therapy, classroom advocacy, school staff training, and child and family counseling services in Fairfield County.

Study on Autism Shows Link Between Motor Skills and Social Skills

Study on Autism Shows Link Between Motor Skills and Social Skills

Communicating can be difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder, but a new study shows a link between social interaction and motor skills. Researchers believe that helping children with autism develop motor skill will also improve their social skills.

Los Ninos Expands Early Intervention Services to Staten Island

Los Ninos Expands Early Intervention Services to Staten Island

Los Ninos, which provides on-site and in-home ABA services for young children with autism and developmental delays, has taken over the organization formerly known as CHIP on Staten Island, where it will expand its early intervention services.

Fast Flash Cards Help Teach Reading to Kids with Down Syndrome

Fast Flash Cards Help Teach Reading to Kids with Down Syndrome

Teaching kids with Down syndrome how to read may not use the traditional phonics methods used widely by traditional schools. Instead, a fast flash method of going through flashcards of words and pictures at a quick speed helps kids with Down syndrome how to read.

A Dose of Tolerance

A Dose of Tolerance

Plenty has been written about teaching children to be more tolerant of their peers with special needs, but what about reaching unsympathetic adults? How to handle those intrusive questions and ignorant comments, whether on the playground or, ahem, at a family gathering.

Kids Learning Loft Offers Animal Therapy, Social Skills Program

Kids Learning Loft Offers Animal Therapy, Social Skills Program

Williston Park-based therapy center for children with special needsWilliston Park-based therapy center for children with special needs now offers two new therapy programs: animal therapy and an after-school social skills peer-based program. The loft, which caters to children on the autism spectrum and with ADD or ADHD, also offers in-home therapy, speech therapy, and yoga, as well as consultation services.

Ask the Expert: What Anger Management Tools Work for Children with Special Needs?

Ask the Expert: What Anger Management Tools Work for Children with Special Needs?

Does your child with special needs need help managing their anger? Certified peer mediation specialist David Wolffe shares what anger management techniques help children with special needs manage and express anger in a positive way.

Northeast Children's Theater Company to Expand in Second Season

Northeast Children's Theater Company to Expand in Second Season

Northeast Children's Theater Company, which is based in Fairfield, CT, will expand to offer more shows in the 2013-2014 season as well as arts education programs in CT schools and drama therapy for pediatric patients at Norwalk Hospital.

How Dogs Help Kids With Special Needs

How Dogs Help Kids With Special Needs

Service dogs aren’t just for the blind—they are more commonly being used to assist children with autism (and a variety of other disorders) in surprising ways.

Ask the Expert: How Does Yoga Help Kids with Special Needs?

Ask the Expert: How Does Yoga Help Kids with Special Needs?

Lindsay Malejko, co-founder of Prasanthi Studio in Westchester, explains how yoga can benefit kids who have special needs, how yoga classes are modified for children with special needs, and why she recommends yoga for parents of kids with special needs.

Twins' Bond Is Stronger in Face of Disability

Twins' Bond Is Stronger in Face of Disability

When his twin sister is diagnosed with a developmental disorder and hits her milestones later than he does, compassionate Joey finds a way to keep their bond strong. His mother watches on with affection.




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