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School for Children with Special Needs Expands Therapy services
The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children, a school for children with special needs, has expanded its therapy services with the opening of a sensory gym. (read the story...)

Chatty Child Incorporates Music Therapy
Chatty Child, which offers speech, occupational, and feeding therapy, recently introduced a new program that focuses on music therapy for children in Manhattan. The music therapy program are group sessions and helps children develop pre-academic skills. The Tribeca therapy center also offers Handwriting Without Tears. (read the story...)

Norwalk Health Center Treats Patients Holistically
Stephanie Soalt, ND, MS, LMT, who treats patients with special needs holistically, recently opened a Norwalk location of the Body Intelligence Holistic Health Center. Dr. Soalt combines naturopathy and creative therapies to help patients improve their quality of life. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

Bossy Frog Band Leader Offers Music Classes, Music Therapy
In addition to releasing The Bossy Frog Band's new album "15 Songs Every Kid Should Know (and will LOVE)!", lead singer and certified music therapist Jeffrey Friedberg now offers music classes for children in Rockland and Fairfield counties and music therapy for children with special needs in Rockland County. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: What is Functional Disconnection Syndrome?
Mark Goldenberg, DC, DABCN, FACFN, a board-certified chiropractic neurologist who specializes in the treatment of learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADD, and autism spectrum disorders, describes Functional Disconnection Syndrome, as well as some of its symptoms and treatments. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

Four-Legged Friends 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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Do I Know if My Child Should See Multiple Therapists?
If your child has special needs, a comprehensive approach to treatment that includes multiple therapists and other professionals will likely lead to more effective treatment and a faster recovery. Here, a psychologist with more than 20 years experience explains how to know when a comprehensive approach is right for your child as well as the benefits and challenges of this type of treatment. (read the story...)

New York Therapy Placement Services Re-Launches Saturday Program
New York Therapy Placement Services, which offers a variety of therapy services for kids in Port Jefferson including speech, occupational, and physical therapy, will re-launch its Saturday sensory motor and social skills groups for children. (read the story...)

New Canaan Mounted Troop Offers Horse Therapy Program
New Canaan Mounted Troop, a nonprofit organization that teaches children to ride and take care of horses, will offer a Therapeutic Riding Program in the fall. The program will be led by two Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship certified instructors. (read the story...)

Yoga For Every Body
Practicing yoga with your kids with special needs allows you to positively bond with them while also allowing your kids to transfer their attention from the stresses of the day to yoga poses that help them relax and focus on breathing. (read the story...)

New Bedtime Routine for Kids Relies on Yoga
A unique Dr. Seuss-like book, Yawning Yoga by Laurie Jordan uses yoga as a tool to help children establish a bedtime routine and helps everyone, including parents, get a good night's sleep. (read the story...)

Yoga for Kids
Choosing yoga as a lifestyle will lead you and your child to success that has nothing to do with standing on your head and everything to do with balance. Doing yoga together with your child with special needs gives you peace of mind and will remind you to appreciate the most challenging moments. (read the story...)

Special Needs: Service Dogs for Children with Autism
Autism service dogs are providing families with much needed assistance, peace of mind, and a big doggy dose of unconditional love. (read the story...)




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