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Help Your Child Tame Their Anxiety at the Dentist
Local experts share ways you can help your child face their fears and tame their anxiety about visiting the dentist, plus where to find dental social stories for children with special needs. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

MILO Bear Helps Children Learn to Communicate
MILO Bear, an educational toy for children with special needs that uses Gardner's eight intelligences, helps children build communication skills. (read the story...)

The Importance of Lying to Others
Sometimes telling a lie is the polite thing to do, right? One mom whose son doesn’t quite grasp the delicate art of social “glossing over” riffs on the theme—and hopes you’ll remember her words when the time is right. (read the story...)

Marking April Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Speaks lit the way with the third annual “Light It Up Blue” campaign on April 2. We mark the occasion with a section of tools, inspiration, and hope. (read the story...)

Time Management 101
Keeping children with learning disabilities and ADHD on a schedule—especially one they can eventually manage themselves—is doable. Our expert strategy will put you on the right path. (read the story...)

Learn about Dyslexia Symptoms, Warning Signs, and Resources
Learn all about this developmental reading disorder, including facts, warning signs, common myths, and more, by checking out our round-up of dyslexia information. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

How to Define Success with Your Kids
Whether your child is affected with a learning disability, it's true that all kids have varying strengths and interests. Get tips on how to define success with your kids and how to foster traits that can help them achieve it. (read the story...)

How to Find the Best Apps for a Child with Special Needs
Apps for Children with Special Needs, a thorough and easy-to-follow website, makes it easier to know which apps are worth your money—and your child’s attention. (Discounted iPads, too.) (read the story...)

How Technology Can Help Children with Special Needs
Innovative technology, including iPad apps and adaptable motorized wheelchairs, is revolutionizing the way many children with special needs communicate and experience the world. (read the story...)

What Records a Parent of a Child with Special Needs Should Keep
It’s critical to keep organized files and/or a notebook about your child’s school experiences. Use this checklist as a way to organize your child’s school paperwork for important meetings with teachers, counselors, specialists, or administrators. (read the story...)

How to Talk to Kids About Your Child with Special Needs
Talking to a whole class may not always be the best strategy to protect your child, but it’s good for children to learn more about kids with “differences” and have a chance to develop empathy, notes Susan Schwartz, director of the Child Mind Institute’s Learning and Diagnostics Center. Here are a few tips on talking to children about psychiatric, developmental, and learning disorders. (read the story...)

How to Find Childcare for Your Child with Special Needs
The parent of a teen with special needs offers advice on how to find the best possible childcare help for your child with special needs—so you can take a break. (read the story...)

Toilet Training Guide for Children with Special Needs
Potty training can be trying for any family—but when your child has developmental delays, including autism, the process can seem almost impossible. Our expert comes to your rescue—with clear, step-by-step instructions on how to achieve success. (read the story...)

How to Potty Train a Child with Special Needs: Step-by-Step Instructions
When you have a child with special needs, toilet training can seem pretty impossible, but there is greater success with a more structured and systematic approach to toilet training. Get some help from expert step-by-step instructions. (read the story...)

Learning Disabilities Chart: Diagnoses and Symptoms
Consult this chart for common learning disability diagnoses, symptoms, and examples. (read the story...)




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