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Family Outing: The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum
by Kaitlin Ahern - April 24, 2013

The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT, is the first aerial adventure park in the New York City area. It features five acres of tree platforms, rope bridges, zip lines, and aerial trails for climbers as young as 5 years old.


Fairfield County Resident Helps Mompreneurs Turn Passion into Business
by Kaitlin Ahern - April 18, 2013

VentureMom.com, founded by Darien, CT mom of three, helps mom entrepreneurs turn their own passions into businesses by allowing them to shop and sell merchandise and products made by moms.


Sandy Hook Survivor Brings Compassion into the Classroom
by Kaitlin Ahern - April 18, 2013

First-grade teacher Kaitlin Roig survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and saved 15 students during the tragedy. Now, Roig is taking the tragedy and using it as an inspiration to teach kids about compassion in her own classroom and beyond.


Ask the Expert: How Can I Make Sure My Child's Therapists Are Communicating?
by Kaitlin Ahern - April 01, 2013

When your child is receiving treatment from multiple therapists and professionals, communication is key. Here, a psychologist with more than 20 years experience offers advice on how to make sure your child's treatment team is talking often and communicating effectively.


Ask the Expert: How Do I Know if My Child Should See Multiple Therapists?
by Kaitlin Ahern - April 01, 2013

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.


Prime Time for Equines
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 29, 2013

Westchester County will host the iconic American Gold Cup 2013 equestrian competition this September, an international show jumping event.


A Sweet Show of Support for Autism
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 29, 2013

The nonprofit ELIJA School and Foundation teams up with Brooklyn's Runner & Stone Bakery and Restaurant for the Champions of Hope Cookie Campaign, in honor of April's Autism Awareness Month.


Spirit of Ezra Jack Keats
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 29, 2013

Two NYC area writers and artists are recognized with Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards for their work on children's books.


Speak Up for Kids Campaign to Help Banish Stigma of Mental Health Care
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 27, 2013

The Speak Up for Kids campaign, started by the Child Mind Institute, aims to banish the persistent stigma around mental health care, especially among children. Here is how you can get involved in Speak Up for Kids.


A Guide to Fun For Families in the NYC Area with Kids with Special Needs
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 19, 2013

New York is brimming with kid-friendly events and activities that are fun for the whole family. We've compiled a list of things to do with children of all abilities, including kids with special needs, in the New York City area, including Manhattan, the boroughs, New York City suburbs like Westcheter and Rockland, Fairfield County, CT, and on Long Island.


Inclusive Activities and Events for Children with Special Needs on Long Island
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 19, 2013

Children with special needs can have fun and make friends with kids of all abilities with special programming, workshops, and kid-friendly events and activities on Long Island, including in Plainview, Great Neck, and East Meadow.


Inclusive Activities and Events for Children with Special Needs in NYC
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 19, 2013

New York City offers countless cultural events and fun kid-friendly activities for all families, including those of children with special needs. Visit the museums, local community centers, and more for special programming that is created with your child with special needs in mind.


A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trails on Long Island
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 19, 2013

Take a stroll through the nature trails on Long Island, including in Massapequa, Wantagh, and Smithtown, that have been approved as wheelchair accessible by the nonprofit Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.


A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trails in NYC
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 19, 2013

Enjoy the fresh air and nature around you at these nature trails in New York City, including parks in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, that have been approved wheelchair accessible by the nonprofit Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.


Inclusive Activities and Events for Kids with Special Needs in NYC Suburbs and Fairfield County
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 15, 2013

A guide to kid-friendly activities and events in the suburbs of New York City and Fairfield County, such as Scarsdale, Westchester, Stratford, and Paramus, to help families of children with special needs, including sensory issues, have fun during these inclusive events and activities.


A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trails in the NYC Suburbs and Fairfield County in Connecticut
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 15, 2013

Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and nature around you at these national parks in Fairfield, Westchester, and Rockland counties, including parks in Monroe, Nyack, and Yonkers, that have been approved wheelchair accessible by the nonprofit Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.


Where to Watch Sensory Friendly Films in the NYC Area
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 15, 2013

For a child or anyone with sensory issues, the high volumes and bright screens of a movie theater can be scary and unpleasant. Autism Society and AMC Loews Theaters bring Sensory-Friendly Films, special screenings of new family movies that everyone can enjoy at the movie theater. Catch a sensory-friendly film at a theater near you in New York or Fairfield County, Connecticut.


Selective Mutism: Diagnosis, Treatment, and What It Means for Your Child
by Kaitlin Ahern - March 07, 2013

Selective mutism is an anxiety disorder, often mistaken for shyness, that robs a child of the ability to speak in certain social situations. Here, learn about the diagnosis and treatment of selective mutism and how it will affect your child's life.


The Benefit of Baseball
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 28, 2013

Manhattan Youth Baseball hosted an awards dinner in Manhattan on Feb. 6 to help raise money for the nonprofit's Grades to Play program for low-income and at-risk children.


Manhattan Students Honored at Carnegie Hall
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 26, 2013

Three young musicians received Certificates of Excellence for their hard work, dedication, and talent in music from the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 9.


What to Watch at the 2013 New York International Children's Film Festival
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 26, 2013

The 2013 New York International Children's Film Festival will present more than 100 children's films and shorts at several theaters in Manhattan this March. Here, a sneak peek at the movies you won't want to miss.


A New Documentary Shines a Light on Hunger in America
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 25, 2013

A new documentary, "A Place at The Table," shines a light on hunger in America. The film seeks to enlighten Americans that most people in the country are "food insecure"—they don't know where their next meal is coming from.


Youth Volunteers of Connecticut Recognized by Nationwide Program
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 21, 2013

Two Connecticut youth volunteers were recognized by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program, for their outstanding community service in Fairfield County.


Queens's Stars of the Spoken Word
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 20, 2013

Students of Hillcrest High School competed in LeAp's August Wilson Monologue Competition and three students will advance to compete in LeAp's NYC-wide competition at Manhattan's MMAC Theater on March 6.


Special Needs Trusts: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 15, 2013

If you're thinking of creating a special needs trust or supplemental needs trust for a loved one, first read these answers to frequently asked questions, including how to set up the trust, who can access it, and what benefits an SNT has compared to other options.



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