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'Sesame Street' Introduces Julia, a Muppet with Autism

'Sesame Street' Introduces Julia, a Muppet with Autism

‘Sesame Street’ is introducing a new character named Julia: a muppet with autism.

Self-Direction Services for Kids With Special Needs in New York: What You Need to Know

Self-Direction Services for Kids With Special Needs in New York: What You Need to Know

Self-Direction Services (SDS), a New York State-funded program for children with special needs, offers parents funding for services of their own choosing.

Special Needs Advocacy Resources & Social Service in Long Island, NY

Special Needs Advocacy Resources & Social Service in Long Island, NY

A list of lawyers, educational consultants, therapists, and other professional special needs advocates on Long Island, NY.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Providers on Long Island

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Providers on Long Island

Where to find centers and therapists providing ABA--applied behavior analysis--to kids with special needs, including autism, in Nassau County and Suffolk County.

Classes & Fun Programs for Kids With Special Needs in Westchester County, NY

Classes & Fun Programs for Kids With Special Needs in Westchester County, NY

After-school activities, classes, and other fun programs for kids with special needs and learning differences in Westchester County.

Classes & Fun Programs for Kids With Special Needs on Long Island

Classes & Fun Programs for Kids With Special Needs on Long Island

After-school activities, classes, and other fun programs for kids with special needs and learning differences on Long Island.

Doctors and Dentists for Kids with Special Needs in Rockland County, NY

Doctors and Dentists for Kids with Special Needs in Rockland County, NY

Healthcare providers, including pediatricians, dentists, and other doctors, for kids with special needs and learning differences in Rockland County.

Professional Services for Kids with Special Needs in Queens, NY

Professional Services for Kids with Special Needs in Queens, NY

Our guide of professional services for kids with special needs in Queens, NY.

Professional Services for Families with Special Needs on Long Island, NY

Professional Services for Families with Special Needs on Long Island, NY

Our guide of professional services for kids with special needs on Long Island, NY, including therapists, opticians, and more.

Medical and Dental Providers for Children with Special Needs on Long Island

Medical and Dental Providers for Children with Special Needs on Long Island

Healthcare providers, pediatricians, dentists, and other doctors for kids with special needs and learning differences throughout Long Island.

Special-Needs Schools and Educational Programs in Queens, NY

Special-Needs Schools and Educational Programs in Queens, NY

Our list of schools and educational programs for children with special needs in Queens.

Activities for NYC Families with Children with Special Needs in March

Activities for NYC Families with Children with Special Needs in March

We've gathered the best family-friendly events for children with special needs in New York City in March, including sensory-friendly screening of Hotel Transylvania at AMC theaters, mouth and foot painting at Children's Museum of Art in Soho, and art classes at MoMA.

Young Man With Special Needs Celebrates Booming Sock Business

Young Man With Special Needs Celebrates Booming Sock Business

John Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome from Long Island, co-founded John’s Crazy Socks. In just two months the online sock store has reached 1,000 customers.

Five Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting

Five Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting

Annual Individualized Education Program meetings can be stressful, but there are ways to help make them run smoothly.

Temple Beth Sholom Welcomes Adults with Special Needs for Havdalah Celebration

Temple Beth Sholom Welcomes Adults with Special Needs for Havdalah Celebration

On Thursday, April 27 at 7:30pm, Temple Beth Sholom in New City will welcome 80-plus adult guests from Rockland ARC, Camp Venture, HVDDSO, and Jawonio for a Havdalah celebration.

Music Nonprofit for People with Disabilities Expands Offerings

Music Nonprofit for People with Disabilities Expands Offerings

Daniel's Music Foundation in East Harlem now offers private music lessons and more for the community.

The Center for Integrative & Innovative Therapies Opens in Plainview

The Center for Integrative & Innovative Therapies Opens in Plainview

The CIIT Center opened an advanced treatment center for people with autism spectrum disorder in Nassau County.

15 Questions to Ask When Looking For a Special Needs Tutor

15 Questions to Ask When Looking For a Special Needs Tutor

There are a lot of things to consider when looking for a tutor for your child with special needs. Ease your search with this list of questions from a mom with experience.

'Special Needs Got Talent' Competition to Be Held on Long Island

'Special Needs Got Talent' Competition to Be Held on Long Island

The first Long Island “Special Needs Got Talent” competition will be held in the style of the X-Factor and American Idol on Feb. 4 in East Islip.

How Music Lessons Helped My Child With Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

How Music Lessons Helped My Child With Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

The story of how one child with special needs went from fearing music to celebrating it.

Spending the Holidays with a Child with Autism

Spending the Holidays with a Child with Autism

When you have a child with special needs, this time of year can be challenging. A mother shares her tips and ideas to make the most of the holidays with a child with autism.

Dining Out with a Child with Autism

Dining Out with a Child with Autism

Going out to dinner with a child who has autism can be very stressful. These are five tips from a mom who has been there.

PTS Coaching Now Offering In-Home Tutoring

PTS Coaching Now Offering In-Home Tutoring

PTS Coaching, a nationwide parent-training program for children with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD), is now offering private home tutoring for children of all ages.

What Parents Need to Know When a Child with Special Needs Turns 21

What Parents Need to Know When a Child with Special Needs Turns 21

What to consider when your child with special needs turns 21—and is no longer a child.

Taking a Child with Autism to the Movies: 5 Tips From a Mom Who's Been There

Taking a Child with Autism to the Movies: 5 Tips From a Mom Who's Been There

Going to the movies with a child who has autism can be a challenge, but here are our top tips for a successful cinematic outing.

Healthy Brain Network Offering Free Learning and Mental Health Evaluations for Kids

Healthy Brain Network Offering Free Learning and Mental Health Evaluations for Kids

The Healthy Brain Network is offering free study-related, diagnostic language, learning and mental health evaluations to 10,000 children ages 5-21.

HappyFest Obstacle Course and Festival Coming to Long Island

HappyFest Obstacle Course and Festival Coming to Long Island

HappyFest is the very first all-ages, all-abilities obstacle course and festival of its kind and will be held fat Long Island Sports Park, in Calverton, NY, on Oct. 15th.

When Back-to-School Stress Isn't Just Stress

When Back-to-School Stress Isn't Just Stress

Many kids refuse to go to school when the first day comes around, but for some, it may be more than back-to-school anxiety.

Children’s Entertainment Center Now Offering Sensory Friendly Facilities

Children’s Entertainment Center Now Offering Sensory Friendly Facilities

Safari Adventure in Riverhead has been refinished and now includes arcade games and inflatables as well as a sensory calming spa for kids with special needs.

American Girl Resale Boutique to Host In-Store Activities This Fall

American Girl Resale Boutique to Host In-Store Activities This Fall

Girl AGain boutique in White Plains is hosting in-store events this fall, including author readings, tea parties, and craft activities.

Autism Study Seeks Participants

Autism Study Seeks Participants

A study that aims to research whether specific genes are linked to autism is looking for participants.

Transitioning Your Child with Special Needs to a New School

Transitioning Your Child with Special Needs to a New School

A mother shares her tips to help her son with special needs transition to a new school this fall.

Educational Center Launches New Program for Kids with Special Needs

Educational Center Launches New Program for Kids with Special Needs

A multi-sensory instructional program designed to aid children with learning disabilities, launches at Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C.

Pediatric Physical Therapy Center Opens in Somers

Pediatric Physical Therapy Center Opens in Somers

Metamorphosis Pediatric Physical Therapy opened in Somers, NY with a focus on Cuevas Medek Exercises.

Sesame Workshop Aims to Help Kids Understand Autism

Sesame Workshop Aims to Help Kids Understand Autism

Sesame Workshop's Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative aims to help all children better understand autism and combat the stigma of the spectrum disorder.

How To Choose a Babysitter for Your Child with Special Needs

How To Choose a Babysitter for Your Child with Special Needs

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.

Touring a School for a Child with Special Needs

Touring a School for a Child with Special Needs

What parents need to know about touring a preschool for their child with special needs, from safety issues to the staff and student body.

Top Things to Do in NYC for Kids with Autism

Top Things to Do in NYC for Kids with Autism

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.

Golf Clinic Offered for Children With Special Needs

Golf Clinic Offered for Children With Special Needs

T Off 4 Autism is holding a special needs golf clinic in Glen Head on June 18.

Being the Sibling of a Child with Special Needs

Being the Sibling of a Child with Special Needs

Their brothers and sisters have special needs, but these children face their own unique challenges—and opportunities for growth.

Autism Awareness Month Events in the New York City Area

Autism Awareness Month Events in the New York City Area

UPDATED March 2017: April is Autism Awareness Month. Help raise awareness and have some fun with Autism Awareness Month events and more in the New York metro area.

Twin with Autism Seeks Someone to Love

Twin with Autism Seeks Someone to Love

I strived for years to help my daughter form meaningful relationships—from her own twin brother to future romantic partners.

How Children with Autism May Show Feelings

How Children with Autism May Show Feelings

Though it may sometimes not seem like it, children with autism have and show feelings in their own ways, plus tips to connect with a child on the spectrum.

The NYC Autism Charter School Hopes to Open Second Location

The NYC Autism Charter School Hopes to Open Second Location

Educators behind a charter school for autistic students in East Harlem hope to open up another location in the South Bronx in time for the 2017-18 school year.

Is There a Connection Between ADHD and ODD?

Is There a Connection Between ADHD and ODD?

A mental health counselor and board-certified ADHD coach explains the correlation between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and oppositional defiant disorder.

Tommy Hilfiger and Runway of Dreams Launch Adaptive Clothing Line

Tommy Hilfiger and Runway of Dreams Launch Adaptive Clothing Line

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.

Shopping Cart for Special Needs Families Coming to Target

Shopping Cart for Special Needs Families Coming to Target

Caroline’s Carts are coming to Target and they will help families with children with special needs shop with greater ease.

Expert Advice for Parents on Children and Psychotherapy

Expert Advice for Parents on Children and Psychotherapy

Mental health professionals Michael O. Weiner, LCSW, and Les Paul Gallo-Silver, LCSW-R, BC-HSP, set out to demystify the therapy process for you and your child.

NYC To Pay Bullied Girl’s Private School Tuition

NYC To Pay Bullied Girl’s Private School Tuition

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.

Does Advocating for Your Child With Special Needs Make You a Bully?

Does Advocating for Your Child With Special Needs Make You a Bully?

Is a mom who ceaselessly pushes for her child, who hounds the school with emails and questions a bully, or just doing what she needs to for her kid? A local mother and former teacher weighs in.

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