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7 Things to Do After Your Child's Special Needs Diagnosis

7 Things to Do After Your Child's Special Needs Diagnosis

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.

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Change Your Own Attitude to Help Your Child Do Better in School

Change Your Own Attitude to Help Your Child Do Better in School

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.

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New York Ranks 4th in States with Best Disability Services

New York Ranks 4th in States with Best Disability Services

New York State ranks fourth in the nation for states that have the best services for individuals with special needs and their families.

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Sensory Garden Opens at Planting Fields

Sensory Garden Opens at Planting Fields

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.

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Forming a Bond with Your Child with Autism

Forming a Bond with Your Child with Autism

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...

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Of 17.1 Million Mentally Ill Kids, Most Are Not Getting Treated

Of 17.1 Million Mentally Ill Kids, Most Are Not Getting Treated

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 k...

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Older Kids Can Be Their Own Self Advocates

Older Kids Can Be Their Own Self Advocates

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, offe...

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Academic Lingo Commonly Used in Special Education

Academic Lingo Commonly Used in Special Education

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 ...

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How to Ease the Kindergarten Transition for Children with Learning Disabilities

How to Ease the Kindergarten Transition for Children with Learning Disabilities

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 i...

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Choosing the Best School to Send Your Child with Special Needs

Choosing the Best School to Send Your Child with Special Needs

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 pr...

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On Becoming 'That Mom'

On Becoming 'That Mom'

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.

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The Importance of Social Connection for Those with ASD

The Importance of Social Connection for Those with ASD

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.

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What to Do When Family Doesn't Believe Your Child's Diagnosis

What to Do When Family Doesn't Believe Your Child's Diagnosis

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.

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What You Need to Know About the ABLE Act

What You Need to Know About the ABLE Act

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.

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New Community Living Program for Adults with Autism to Launch in Westchester

New Community Living Program for Adults with Autism to Launch in Westchester

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.

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How to Discuss Your Child's Diagnosis with Your Child

How to Discuss Your Child's Diagnosis with Your Child

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 overloo...

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What to Do if Your Child Has Challenging Symptoms but No Official Diagnosis

What to Do if Your Child Has Challenging Symptoms but No Official Diagnosis

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 h...

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Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Opens in Mount Sinai

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Opens in Mount Sinai

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.

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Study Finds Children With Autism More Sedentary Than Those Without the Disorder

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.

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Marion K. Salomon and Associates Joins HASC

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.

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Bounce! Trampoline Sports Offers Sensory Bounce Time

Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Valley Cottage, an indoor trampoline park, now offers Sensory Bounce, trampoline time tailored to children with special needs.

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South Setauket Center Helps All Children Feel ‘Loved to Pieces’

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.

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Variety Child Learning Center Opens Second Location

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.

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Tips for Eating Gluten-Free at Every Restaurant

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 ...

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Teaching Your Child with Special Needs Difficult Skills

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 ...

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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.

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Hudson Valley Visiting Pets Bring Comfort and Cheer to the Community

Hudson Valley Visiting Pets Bring Comfort and Cheer to the Community

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.

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The Best of the Rest of the Web: Free Therapy, Appropriate Education, and Making Friends

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 o...

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Seven Vacations for Families with Children with Special Needs

Seven Vacations for Families with Children with Special Needs

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...

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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...

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DIY: How to Make a Sensory Toy

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.

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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 s...

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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 ...

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Understood.org Launches as Complete Resource for Learning Disabiilities Community

Understood.org Launches as Complete Resource for Learning Disabiilities Community

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.

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Caroline's Carts Make It Easier to Shop with a Child with Special Needs

Grocery shopping with kids can be a challenge, and even more so if your child has special needs. But Caroline's Carts, which have expanded to more than 250 stores, are making the supermarket easier for parents with special kids. Find out how to get...

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5 Tips for Cooking with Kids Who Have Special Needs

Cooking with kids who have special needs such as autism, sensory issues, or learning disabilities can be challenging, but the ability to make a meal is a valuable life skill and including kids in the kitchen has many lasting benefits. Here are five...

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Easy Recipe for New Cooks: Creamy Tomato and Rice Basil Soup

This easy recipe for creamy tomato soup with rice and basil was developed by a special education teacher and is featured in her cookbook, "Special Day Cooking: A Life Skills Cookbook," which is geared for those with developmental challenges as well...

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How to Throw a Birthday Party for a Child with Special Needs

Yes, you can throw a birthday bash for your child with special needs! Birthdays only come around once a year, so there’s pressure to get them just right. The most important thing is to involve your child in the planning process. Follow these expert...

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Day Care and Special Education Service Provider Opens in Dix Hills

Alternatives for Children, a day care and special needs services provider, recently opened in Dix Hills. The center is licensed by New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and follows the National Association for Education of Young Ch...

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Sports Program for Kids with Special Needs Offers Classes in Saint James

Be the Best Sport, a nonprofit sports program for children with special needs, now offers its sports classes at Sports Arena in Saint James.

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KEEN New York Awarded $25,000 Partnership with Turbana

KEEN New York has been awarded a $25,000 partnership with Turbana by winning the organization's "Win $25K for Your Cause" contest on Facebook. KEEN is a nonprofit program dedicated to athletes with special needs.

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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 diagn...

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IDA-LI President Raises Awareness of Dyslexia on Long Island

The International Dyslexia Association, Long Island chapter recently appointed Connie Russo, Ed.D., as its new president. The organization raises awareness of dyslexia and provides support services for those with dyslexia on Long Island.

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Keep Moving Forward Creates Independence Through Physical Therapy

Keep Moving Forward, an intensive physical therapy facility for children with special needs in Nassau County, recently opened in Garden City.

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Help Your Child Tame Anxiety at the Dentist

Help Your Child Tame Anxiety at the Dentist

Local experts share ways you can help your child face their fears and tame their anxiety about visiting the dentist, plus how to help a dental visit go smoothly for a child with special needs.

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Resale Boutique for American Girl Dolls Supports Women with Autism

Girl AGain, a resale boutique for American Girl dolls and their accessories in Hartsdale, recently opened inside the Sweet Heaven Family Spa. The resale store is a venture of Yes She Can Inc, a nonprofit which provides job skills and employment op...

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Future Applications of Brain Research for Kids With Special Needs

In hopes of gaining a greater understanding of how the brain works, Manhattan-based organization, the Child Mind Institute advocates more scientific research of children with learning disorders and psychiatric disabilities. The organization believe...

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NYMetro Special Parent Spring/Summer 2014 Table of Contents

The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of NYMetro Special Parent magazine focuses on The Future for children with disabilities and their families. Read essays, profiles of local individuals with special needs, and helpful articles on transitioning from pedia...

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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.

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Targeted Genome Sequencing: The Future of Personalized Medicine

Targeted Genome Sequencing: The Future of Personalized Medicine

With targeted genome sequencing, doctors are able to determine the proper course of drug treatment for patients to prevent adverse drug reactions. Doctors hope to use such personalized medicine to change the landscape of treatments for children wit...

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