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A study that aims to research whether specific genes are linked to autism is looking for participants.
A mother shares her tips to help her son with special needs transition to a new school this fall.
Choosing a babysitter for a child with special needs poses challenges to parents. Here are tips for how to find a sitter for your child with special needs.
Best places in New York City for a fun day with a child who has autism--activities without long lines, loud noises, or other common challenges, including The Central Park Zoo, the Apple Store, and walking the Brooklyn Bridge.
Their brothers and sisters have special needs, but these children face their own unique challenges—and opportunities for growth.
Runway of Dreams, a nonprofit that collaborates with fashion designers to adapt mainstream clothing for the differently abled community, announced the launch of its collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger.
Caroline’s Carts are coming to Target and they will help families with children with special needs shop with greater ease.
In a landmark decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York City will pay for a learning-disabled student’s private school tuition.
Mother Receives a Flood of Support Following Her Request of Primrose Markers Donations for Her Son with Autism
Stacey Haley lives in Bowmanville, Ontario in Canada and wrote a Facebook post asking for Primrose marker donations for her son with autism, and received an overwhelming amount of support.
Stacey Wohl is a mother of two children with autism and has opened a business called Our Coffee with a Cause to help other special-needs families.
The costs of all those services for your child with special needs add up. Plan ahead and know what's tax-deductible, how to deal with insurance companies, the benefits of Medicaid waivers, and how to write a letter of intent to plan for your child's future.
Tips for writing a letter of intent for your child with special needs, including the format, pertinent information, and who should help write it.
Medicaid waivers offer similar benefits of Medicaid, but with certain requirements waived. Here are the benefits of Medicaid waivers for those with special needs, the application process, and why you should apply now.
While we can’t give tax advice, we’ve got some expert tips on things to consider when itemizing your taxes. Many services and expenses you might not have realized could be tax deductible.
Feeling sorry for a child who struggles with a special need is a common, understandable reaction from a loving parent. But it's not going to help your kid. Here's how to adopt a new mindset that will.
Receiving a special needs diagnosis for your child can be overwhelming. Here are seven steps to follow that will put you on the right path from the beginning.
Parents' attitudes have a tremendous impact on how their children experience school, especially if the child is an atypical learner. Here, seven ways to adjust your attitude that will set your child on a path to success in school and beyond.
New York State ranks fourth in the nation for states that have the best services for individuals with special needs and their families.
Planting Fields Arboretum State Park in Oyster Bay has opened a new Sensory Garden, the first of its kind on Long Island. The $1.3 million garden is a space where visitors of all ages and abilities can enjoy multisensory experiences.
Your child with autism wants to form a secure bond with you, even if it doesn’t always seem that way. Part of the challenge is learning to understand signals: developing insight into how your child’s mind works, trying to see the world as he or she sees it, and not comparing your parenting skills with those of a parent of typical children.
The Child Mind Institute released the first annual Children’s Mental Health Report, which synthesizes the most important data on the prevalence of mental illness in children and the gap between need and care. The report shows that the majority of kids aren't getting treated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You know her: 'that mom' who ceaselessly pushes for her child, who hounds the school with emails and questions. She has a reputation. But is she a bully, or just doing what she needs to her for her kid? A local mother and former teacher weighs in.
While those on the autism spectrum may not want to connect in the black-and-white way we typically think about connection, it is important to support their desire to make social connections and friendships, no matter how they want to connect.
An associate psychologist with the DHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute shares how to deal with family that doesn't believe a child's special needs diagnosis, and how to help them understand.
The folks at Autism Speaks provide an overview of the Able Act, signed into law for 2015. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act allows people with special needs to have a tax-free savings account to help finance disability-related needs.
Neighborhood Network of New York has received a $1 million grant to launch a first-of-its-kind community living services program for adults with autism in Westchester, with plans to expand the program throughout New York State.
How do we help our children understand their issues and teach them to advocate for themselves? Demystifying a child’s condition—that is, telling children what their issues are and helping them come to grips with it—is an important and often overlooked part of parenting an atypical child.
Your child has challenging symptoms, but no diagnosis. That means no official services, and plenty of frustrations. You know your child is different, yet it would be so much easier to deal with the difference if there was a label attached. Here’s help.
Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park, recently opened a second Long Island location in Mount Siani. The fitness facility for families offers a range of classes including a toddler trampoline fitness class and a special needs jump time.
A recent Oregon State University study found that children with autism tend to be more sedentary than children without autism, but that children with autism tend to be on par with peers in terms of completing physical fitness activities.
MKSA, formerly Marion K Salomon and Associates, recently partnered with HASC to offer its early intervention services on Long Island. As a subsidiary of HASC, MKSA now offers in-home early intervention services.
Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Valley Cottage, an indoor trampoline park, now offers Sensory Bounce, trampoline time tailored to children with special needs.
Love to Pieces, an enrichment center for children with special needs, recently opened in South Setauket. The center is geared toward children on the autism spectrum.
Variety Child Learning Center, a Long Island school for children with special needs, recently opened a second location. The new location, in Levittown, offers a school program as well as an integrated preschool class.
When eating out with the family, finding something on the menu for everyone may be a challenge, especially if someone is gluten-free. Kim Koeller and Robert La France, authors of "Let's Eat Out Around the World Gluten Free and Allergy Free", share the questions to ask to avoid gluten at any restaurant. Plus, international travel tips for eating gluten-free.
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.
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.
Dogs and other animals that participate in the Hudson Valley Visiting Pets Program bring animal-assisted therapy to nursing homes, hospitals, schools, juvenile detention centers, and more, spreading cheer and comfort to special communities.
From the NYMetro Special Parent Fall/Winter 2014 issues comes a selection of thought-provoking quotes about special needs parenting, including the "free therapy" found in a child's happiness, providing an appropriate education, and the importance of making friends at school.
Traveling with children can be a challenge, but traveling with children with special needs can be even more challenging. Here are seven vacations, including Autism on the Seas and AdventureSmith, that cater to special needs to make your vacation an actual vacation, plus tips for traveling with a wheelchair.
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.'
Trying to find the perfect sensory toy for your child can be a struggle, so why not make a sensory toy for your child with special needs? Here is a step-by-step guide to DIY a balloon sensory toy.
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.
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.
Understood.org is a new, state-of-the-art website with a mission to help you find clear answers to the challenges your child with learning disabilities or attention issues may face at home, in school, and with friends.