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Teaching Your Child with Special Needs Difficult Skills
Patricia Romanowski Bashe, M.S. Ed., author of "The Parents’ Guide to Teaching Kids with Asperger Syndrome and Similar ASDs Real-Life Skills for Independence", shares the importance of teaching children on the autism spectrum difficult life skills and how you can help your child learn those skills for independence. (read the story...)

Teach Your Child Coping Strategies Now for a Smooth Transition into Adulthood Later
When your child outgrows her 1-to-1 para, she’ll need to know how to cope in myriad ways on her own. Don’t let her jump into adulthood without providing her with the proper training—use this expert advice for a smooth transition. (read the story...)

How One Mother Learned to Find Balance and Joy
One mother of a daughter with autism was going through a lot of changes in life when she found something that seemed empowering, new, and different. Her story, as told to Kaitlin Ahern, shows how a day of joy helped her release negative feelings and embrace the power of self-care. (read the story...)

Yes, You and Your Child with Special Needs Can...
It's easy to get used to hearing about all the things your child with special needs can't do, but there are so many within their grasp with the right modifications and help. We spoke to various experts, parents, and even kids themselves for tips on how you can turn 'can't' into 'can.' (read the story...)

Children with Special Needs Can Learn to Play Piano
IF you thought piano lessons were not an option for your child with special needs, think again. Kristyn Rushton, a residential program manager at Life's WORC shares what to look for in a piano teacher and details about a program that was designed specifically for children with special needs. (read the story...)

How to Plan a Bar or Bat Mitzvah for a Child with Special Needs
Planning a bar or bat mitzvah is stressful for everyone, but when your child has special needs, there are more factors you need to plan for, from sensory issues to large crowds. But don't let this deter you from celebrating your child's mitzvah! A Long Island expert shares tips for planning a bar or bat mitzvah for your child with special needs. (read the story...)

Managing Your Emotions After Your Child’s Special Needs Diagnosis
From anger and denial to acceptance and joy, parents of children with special needs are sure to experience a mixed bag of emotions. Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D. explains what’s normal and how parents can manage feelings in a healthy way and accept diagnosis. (read the story...)

A Mother Reflects: Daughter with Special Needs Surpasses Doctors' Predictions
Jill Edelman, mother of a child with special needs and author of This Crazy Quilt: Parenting Adult Special Needs One Day At a Time, reflects on her daughter surpassing doctors' predictions and living a fulfilling life. (read the story...)

The Future for Children with Special Needs: Four Unique Perspectives
A young girl with autism, a sibling to two brothers on the spectrum, and two parents of children with disabilities share their unique perspectives on what the future will be like for their loves ones with special needs. (read the story...)

The Importance of Spending Nights Away from Home
Spending the night away from home is an important rite of passage for children with disabilities. There are services to help and tips for making it easier on the child and the parent. (read the story...)

The Bright Side: The Power of Optimism When Facing Disabilities
A New York father of three emphasizes the power of optimism when facing his son's disabilities and the importance of focusing on your child's abilities rather than disabilities. (read the story...)

Top 10 Tips for Advocating for Your Child With Special Needs
Gloria Corsino, mother of two boys on the autism spectrum and parent member and president of District 75 Community Education council, gives her top 10 tips on advocating for her children with disabilities to ensure a better tomorrow. (read the story...)

Your Child Had A Special Needs Diagnosis—Now What?
Learning that your child has special needs can be overwhelming and coping with the diagnosis can daunting. Rockland County mom Debbie Bertrand shares her experiences as she navigated life after her daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. (read the story...)

'The Best Advice I Ever Got': How to Cope with a Special Needs Diagnosis
Eleven parents of kids with special needs, all of whom have become experts in the special needs field, share the greatest wisdom they received that helped them cope after their children were diagnosed with disabilities. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

Meet Your Staff
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 another SN mom with lots of experience under her belt. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Suffolk County, Long Island
UPDATED OCTOBER 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Suffolk County, Long Island? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Suffolk County. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Nassau County, Long Island
UPDATED OCTOBER 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Nassau County, Long Island? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Nassau County. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Staten Island
Raising a child with special needs in Staten Island? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Staten Island, NY. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in The Bronx
UPDATED OCTOBER 2014: Raising a child with special needs in The Bronx? Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Bronx, NY. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Queens
UPDATED OCTOBER 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Queens? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Queens, NY. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Brooklyn
UPDATED OCTOBER 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Brooklyn, NY. Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a support group in Brooklyn. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Manhattan
UPDATED OCTOBER 2014: Raising a child with special needs in Manhattan? Find support by connecting with other NYC families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Manhattan. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Fairfield
UPDATED OCTOBER 2014: Raising a child with special needs can be challenging. Find support by connecting with other families, parents, and caregivers in your community who have kids with special needs. Read on to find a group in Fairfield county and the surrounding areas. (read the story...)


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