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Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Rockland
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 Rockland county. (read the story...)

Support Groups for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Westchester
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 Westchester county. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

Diagnosis: Brotherly Love
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. (read the story...)

Homegrown Heroes: Singing and Signing for Good
Professional opera singer Sabrina Francis volunteers her time and talent at Gigi's Playhouse NYC in upper Manhattan to inspire children with Down syndrome through music and sign language. (read the story...)

Homegrown Heroes: Making Waves
A couple on Long Island volunteers to teach children with autism how to surf through Surfers Healing, a daylong surfing camp for children with autism that was founded by former competitive surfer Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz and his wife Danielle. (read the story...)

Helping Is Healing
A mom raising a child with special needs with her family in New York City is empowered in her own situation as she helps other families through trying and challenging times with their own children with special needs. (read the story...)

Tips For Enjoying Your Special Needs Child's Birthday
When your child has special needs, planning a birthday party takes a lot of extra planning and special considerations from the parents. Joanna Dreifus, a New York City parent and mom of two children who each have special needs, shares her top tips for helping parents enjoy their special needs kid's birthday parties, even when it's hard. These tips will help make your child with special needs birthday easier for you and ultimately happier for them, too. (read the story...)

How To Share A Diagnosis With Your Child
Sharing a diagnosis with your child is one of the scariest things a special needs parent faces—and all sorts of questions arise. Where? When? How? Here’s how to get the conversation started, and remain positive in the process. (read the story...)

Donate to ALM Outreach Campaign and Receive a Super Duper Fun Decks
Donate $13 to the Autistic Like Me IndieGoGo campaign in order to receive a Fun Decks perk. You’ll support a great cause and receive your very own Fun Decks. It’s a great gift for your child and a charitable donation to a meaningful cause all at once! (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...)

Support 'Autistic Like Me: A Father's Perspective': Read, Donate, Engage
'Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective' is a feature documentary film directed by Charles Jones, chronicling the journey of five fathers whose children have all been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. We interviewed Jones and Anthony Merkerson, a Queens father featured in the film, and featured excerpts of the interview in our April issue. Here we feature the full transcript, an opportunity to support the film, and information about a special screening hosted by the ALM Outreach Campaign. (read the story...)

'Autistic Like Me: A Father's Perspective' Exclusive Interview
'Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective' is a feature documentary film directed by Charles Jones, chronicling the journey of five fathers whose children have all been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. We interviewed Jones and Anthony Merkerson, a Queens father featured in the film, and featured excerpts of the interview in our April issue. Read on for the full transcript. (read the story...)

Rocky Point Mom's 'Bath-Time Blues' Inspire First Children’s Book
When Rocky Point resident Beth Capodanno discovered a way to make her son's bath time less of a struggle, she decided to share the wealth and wrote "Stinky Feet Stew," a children’s book aimed at making bath time easier for parents and children. (read the story...)

A Pig Tale
A local mom of a son with autism remembers, fondly, one milestone met more than a little late. (read the story...)

Dreams Delayed
When your child has autism or other developmental delays, he won’t conform to a typical schedule of milestones—and hopes you had envisioned for him may come true later than you imagined. Here are six pieces of advice, from parents who’ve been there, on adjusting to a child’s limitations. (read the story...)

A Bill of Rights For Parents of Kids With Special Needs
A Bill of Rights for Parent of Kids with Special Needs written by a Ellen Seidman, in honor of her son Max, and all children with special needs. (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...)

Raising an Autistic Child: Marni Goltsman Shares Her Stories
Special needs mom and Inside Schools blogger Marni Goltsman shares her touching and familiar stories about her marriage, 'Simon Says', and of course Brooks, her son who has autism. (read the story...)

Family Activities and Your Child with Special Needs: Get Out There, Together
Despite the obstacles—potential stares, insensitive comments from strangers—including your child with special needs in family outings, even everyday errands, is worth it. The father of a teen with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome shares his insights on how and why to make it work. (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...)

Young Students Get a Lesson on Special Needs and Tolerance
One mother shares what the other kids in class are asking about your special needs child—and reveals how she handled answering them after her child experienced a very embarrassing incident at recess. (read the story...)

Oppositional Behavior in Children with ADHD
Forty percent or more of kids with ADHD also have significant oppositional behavior. These guidelines will help you manage your child’s acting out—and help you remain calm in the tough moments. (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...)

The Best of the Rest of the Web: Love That Max, Terrible Teachers, and Bully Action
From our October "Special Parent" issue: check out our latest roundup of thought-provoking, observant, and sometimes laugh-out-loud quotes from a selection of our favorite parent (and kids!) writers and bloggers. (read the story...)


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