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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.

The ABC's of Advocacy

The ABC's of Advocacy

A is for advocate, B is for b*&#!, C is for communication, concern, and compromise. One mother of a child with cerebral palsy taps 20 years experience to offer tips for getting results for your child without, well, becoming a "B."

Ask the Expert: How Should I Handle It When My Child Doesn't Meet Milestones on Schedule?

Ask the Expert: How Should I Handle It When My Child Doesn't Meet Milestones on Schedule?

When a child with special needs doesn't meet milestones "on schedule," it may affect his confidence. Here, the co-founder of a martial arts program for kids with autism and other disabilities offers tips on how parents can boost their child's self-confidence.

Ask the Expert: What Is Martial Arts Therapy and How Can it Help My Child?

Ask the Expert: What Is Martial Arts Therapy and How Can it Help My Child?

Dr. Alisha Griffith-Berkeley, co-founder of a specialized martial arts program in Brooklyn, explains what martial arts therapy is and how it can help children with special needs such as autism, ADHD, and sensory issues.

Ask the Expert: What Should I Look for in a School for My Child with Learning Disabilities?

Ask the Expert: What Should I Look for in a School for My Child with Learning Disabilities?

We asked Kevin Pendergast, Head of School at The Kildonan School, what a parent should look for when visiting a potential school for their child with learning disabilities and what aspects of a school help a child with LD thrive.

Researchers Discover How Brain Circuits Can Become Miswired During Development, What That Might Mean

Researchers Discover How Brain Circuits Can Become Miswired During Development, What That Might Mean

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have uncovered a mechanism that guides the exquisite wiring of neural circuits in a developing brain -- gaining unprecedented insight into the faulty circuits that may lead to brain disorders ranging from autism to mental retardation.

Ask the Expert: Why Is My Son Less Focused in School Than at Home?

Ask the Expert: Why Is My Son Less Focused in School Than at Home?

If a young child who is focused at home becomes distracted and unable to answer questions in school, there may be several explanations. An expert on ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders offers his insight and advice.

Survey Reveals Most Adults Think Psychiatric Disorders in Children are Underdiagnosed

Survey Reveals Most Adults Think Psychiatric Disorders in Children are Underdiagnosed

A survey released today by Parents magazine and the Child Mind Institute shows how the tragedy in Newtown, CT has influenced public opinion on children's mental health issues. The results show that more than half of adults think psychiatric disorders in children are underdiagnosed.

Ask the Expert: What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech?

Ask the Expert: What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech?

Wondering about childhood apraxia of speech? An NYC-based speech-language pathologist weighs in on the pediatric speech disorder, explaining what apraxia is and how it's treated in children.

Ask the Expert: My Child Is 2 and Only Says a Few Words, Should I Be Concerned?

Ask the Expert: My Child Is 2 and Only Says a Few Words, Should I Be Concerned?

If your child is 2 years old and only says a few words, you may be concerned that he has a speech delay or disorder. Here, a Manhattan speech-language pathologist explains what parents should do in this case.

Ask the Expert: How Do I Get My Picky Eater to Try New Foods?

Ask the Expert: How Do I Get My Picky Eater to Try New Foods?

A therapist who treats children with feeding delays and disorders offers her tips for parents on how to get their picky eaters to eat new foods and try a variety of textures and tastes.

Ask the Expert: How Do You Treat Feeding Disorders in Children?

Ask the Expert: How Do You Treat Feeding Disorders in Children?

An NYC-based speech-language pathologist explains common treatments for feeding disorders in children, including how to treat reflux, low muscle tone, aspiration, and an oral sensory deficit.

Ask the Expert: What are feeding disorders, and what causes them?

Ask the Expert: What are feeding disorders, and what causes them?

A Manhattan speech-language pathologist explains the common types and causes of feeding disorders in children, including reflux, low muscle tone, structural issues, aspiration, and oral sensory deficits, and how they are diagnosed.

Autism Speaks Honors Mothers of Autism Community at Luncheon in NYC

Autism Speaks Honors Mothers of Autism Community at Luncheon in NYC

Autism Speaks celebrated mothers of the autism community at a luncheon in New York City on Wednesday, May 1 with special guest Dee Ocleppo, the nonprofit's national board member, fashion designer, and former model.




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