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Older Kids Can Be Their Own Self Advocates

Older Kids Can Be Their Own Self Advocates

As teens move through school, it's not always easy for parents to let go and encourage children to take responsibility for their own success. Beverly Baker, co-director of the National Center for Family Professional Partnerships’ KASA project, offers advice on how to approach empowering your maturing child.

Academic Lingo Commonly Used in Special Education

Academic Lingo Commonly Used in Special Education

If you’ve just started learning about your child’s rights, the terms can be confusing, but it’s imperative to know the terminology to be an effective advocate for your child. Here’s a cheat sheet to the most common terms you’re likely to encounter in special education.

How to Ease the Kindergarten Transition for Children with Learning Disabilities

How to Ease the Kindergarten Transition for Children with Learning Disabilities

The move from preschool to the ‘big school’ rarely goes off without a hitch for any child, but for one with learning disabilities, it can be especially challenging. How can you help? Try these ideas from Sarah Birnbaum, a special needs consultant in New York City.

Choosing the Best School to Send Your Child with Special Needs

Choosing the Best School to Send Your Child with Special Needs

One of the first—and most important—decisions you’ll have to make as the parent of a child with a learning disability or other special needs is what school your child will attend. Find answers to common questions that go into the decision making process.

Vincent Smith School Adds Lower Elementary Grades

Vincent Smith School Adds Lower Elementary Grades

Vincent Smith School, an independent school for children with learning disabilities, is adding first and second grades in the fall. The school is also building a new playground, and will offer a transitional program for 11th and 12th grades.

Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School with Special Needs

Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School with Special Needs

One New York mom watches her son mature and advance at the end of elementary school as he transitions into middle school and his needs evolve.

Day Care and Special Education Service Provider Opens in Dix Hills

Day Care and Special Education Service Provider Opens in Dix Hills

Alternatives for Children, a day care and special needs services provider, recently opened in Dix Hills. The center is licensed by New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and follows the National Association for Education of Young Children guidelines.

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.

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.

Where Can I Lend a Hand to Children With Down syndrome?

Where Can I Lend a Hand to Children With Down syndrome?

Lend a helping hand and make a few new friends and any of local organizations that provide support to children and adults with Down syndrome.

10 Things to Consider in Your Special Needs School Search

10 Things to Consider in Your Special Needs School Search

Finding the best school for your child with special needs can seem overwhelming. An NYC mom of four, including one with special needs, shares her top 10 things to consider when looking the for the right school for your child with special needs.

How a Gradeschool-Aged Child is Doing After 1 Year of Being Mainstreamed into the Classroom

How a Gradeschool-Aged Child is Doing After 1 Year of Being Mainstreamed into the Classroom

One year after mainstreaming her gradeschool-aged son, a NYC mother reflects on the new set of challenges that come with that “progress,” from persisting stigmas for her son to shifting her own parental identity.

Autism Speaks Launches School Community Tool Kit 2.0

Autism Speaks Launches School Community Tool Kit 2.0

Autism Speaks' new School Community Tool Kit 2.0 is a resource meant to help classmates, teachers, and other school staff to better understand students on the autism spectrum and how to support them.

New Survey Finds Americans Are Confused About Learning Disabilities

New Survey Finds Americans Are Confused About Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) recently released a shocking new survey of nearly 2,000 American adults (4.4% margin of error), showing that Americans lack a basic understanding of learning disabilities (LDs). We present the new information about causes and treatments for LDs, and rights for kids who have them.

How to Create a Learning Wonderland at Home

How to Create a Learning Wonderland at Home

Louise Weadock, a registered child psychiatric nurse and founder of WeeZee World, explains why sensory play is important to children's development and offers tips on how you can create a dynamic learning environment at home.

School for Children with Autism Graduates 21 Preschoolers

School for Children with Autism Graduates 21 Preschoolers

Graduation day at the Association for Metroarea Autistic Children (AMAC) preschool meant more than just moving from preschool to kindergarten. It marked huge strides for children who just a couple of years couldn't function in a typical school setting.

NYC DOE Offers More Resources For Families Of Children With Special Needs

NYC DOE Offers More Resources For Families Of Children With Special Needs

The New York City Department of Education's (DOE) Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners has created additional resources for families with questions about the citywide expansion of the special education reform initiative that will go into effect this coming September of 2012.

Special Needs Therapy Center Relocates to Modern Building

Special Needs Therapy Center Relocates to Modern Building

The League Education and Treatment Center, which was located in DUMBO, recently moved to a building in Fort Greene that is totally green and state-of-the-art. LETC offers a preschool program where children with and without special needs learn and play together, grades K-12, and six different adult programs.

Jewish Education for All Children

Jewish Education for All Children

A 30-year-old program at a local synagogue in Wantagh provides Jewish Education and a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony for kids with special needs.

Into the Mainstream: At Third-Grade, Son Transfers to 'Typical' Classroom

Into the Mainstream: At Third-Grade, Son Transfers to 'Typical' Classroom

Transitioning her third-grade son to a fully inclusive educational environment means forging new connections for this NYC mom. Together they adapt to their new normal.

How to Choose a Tutor for Your Child with LD

How to Choose a Tutor for Your Child with LD

Are you looking to hire a private tutor for your child who has learning disabilities? Find out what questions you should ask and download a handy worksheet that will help you evaluate each candidate.

Inspirational Stories on Autism by a 9-Year-Old

Inspirational Stories on Autism by a 9-Year-Old

Samantha McLeod was 9 years old when she penned her first children's book inspired by her 8-year-old brother affected by autism entitled, "Normal?" Now, an author of two more books at the age of 15, McLeod reminds us of the poignant insights children can have that teach everyone a life lesson or two.

Assistive Technology: What to Ask Colleges

Assistive Technology: What to Ask Colleges

When your college-bound teen relies heavily on assistive technology (AT) to compensate for his or her learning disability, it's imperative to know what to ask colleges, beginning with the laws as it relates to assistive technology.

How to Get Assistive Technology in College

How to Get Assistive Technology in College

Many students with learning disabilities rely on assistive technology (AT) to help improve functional abilities, and these tools have to be left behind at the school once students graduate, making the transition into college a challenge. Here is information on the laws that apply and what you should know to ensure you send your child off to campus in full preparation.

How to Choose a Tutor

How to Choose a Tutor

When your child needs a little extra help in school, hiring a tutor to supplement his or her standard curriculum can be very beneficial. Here's a guide to ensure you hire the very best for your little one.




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