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Check Out These 11 Adaptive Clothing Lines for Kids with Disabilities

Check Out These 11 Adaptive Clothing Lines for Kids with Disabilities

Getting dressed can be one complicated endeavor too many for parents of kids with special needs, who might run into trouble when trying to fit traditional kids’ clothing over a wheelchair, leg brace, or onto a little one that doesn’t like certain f...

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John Cronin of John’s Crazy Socks Makes History As the First Person with Down Syndrome to Win Entrepreneur of the Year Award

John Cronin of John’s Crazy Socks Makes History As the First Person with Down Syndrome to Win Entrepreneur of the Year Award

23-year-old John Cronin, the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of John’s Crazy Socks, is the first person with Down syndrome to win an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. John’s Crazy Socks offers customers a huge variety of fun, colo...

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Making a Plan for Your Child with Special Needs' Life

Making a Plan for Your Child with Special Needs' Life

In Susan Platkin’s eyes, self-direction has always been the only acceptable path for her daughter Ruth. Ruth is 32 and has intellectual disabilities and bipolar disorder, and despite her unique challenges now lives in an apartment in East Northport...

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Chapin Sisters Headline Otto Specht School Spring Farm Faire

Chapin Sisters Headline Otto Specht School Spring Farm Faire

On Saturday, April 13th, the Chapin Sisters, known for their "enchanting harmonies and lyrics that are infused with as much hope as they are longing," according to amazon.com, will be playing at the Otto Specht School Farm Faire! Last year, the sib...

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Find Out What's So Special About the Gillen Brewer School

Find Out What's So Special About the Gillen Brewer School

The Gillen Brewer School, an independent school that focuses on special needs education helps its students grow through individualized attention, remarkably low student to staff ratios, and a strong relationship with the families it serves. With st...

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What Happens If My Child Was Denied Early Intervention Services?

What Happens If My Child Was Denied Early Intervention Services?

Young children who have developmental delays may be eligible for early intervention services, including speech, physical, and occupational therapies; family education, counseling, and support groups; as well as nursing, nutrition, social work, and ...

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Growing Up with a Brother with Special Needs

Growing Up with a Brother with Special Needs

The important life lessons I learned from my brother—and why I wouldn’t change a thing.

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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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Everyday Heroes: Meet Courtney Raible

Busy, busy: With a four-day-a-week job, a regular volunteering gig, volleyball, bingo, theater, and more, this developmentally delayed young lady is never bored, and always determined.

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Everyday Heroes: Meet Sam McCarthy

Not only has this "happy, stubborn man," as his dad describes him, lived beyond the age doctors predicted when he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but a residential farm-based facility in upstate New York gives him real purpose.

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Everyday Heroes: Meet Joshua Eber

Joshua Eber, an accomplished Rockland-based actor who happens to have Down syndrome, is a role model and a downright happy guy. Joshua has defied many medical expectations throughout his life in order to pursue his passion for performing.

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The Importance of Lying to Others

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.

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A Pig Tale

A local mom of a son with autism remembers, fondly, one milestone met more than a little late.

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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...

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Speech Disorders: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Resources

Speech disorders, which include stuttering, affect five to 10 percent of all kids, can have affects on social interactions and behavior as well as self-esteem. Boys are about four times more likely to have speech disorders than girls.

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Elementary School Students Get a Lesson on Tolerance

Elementary School Students Get a Lesson on Tolerance

Young children don't always understand what it means to have special needs. One mom shares how she explained her son's special needs to the young kids in his class, and how the children then brought tolerance to the classroom.

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How To Monitor Change in Your Special Needs Child's Diagnosis

Though your special needs child may have been diagnosed in early childhood, it's possible that after some treatment and therapy, their initial diagnosis may change over time. Check out the following tips for monitoring your child's progress, and en...

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New Technology at the Bronx's Rett Syndrome Center Helps Children Communicate

New eye-gaze technologies at the Rett Syndrome Center at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx allow children affected by Rett to communicate with others.

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Understanding Rett Syndrome

Rett Syndrome is a rare and life-altering brain disorder that almost exclusively affects girls. Intense therapy is required to manage the disorder, but recent research presents reasons to hope a cure is possible.

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How to Help Children with Special Needs Engage in Imaginary Play

Learn why pretend play is important to development and how you can help it come more naturally to your child with special needs.

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What to Do When You Suspect Your Child Has a Developmental Disability

If you suspect your child has a developmental disability, follow these valuable tips from a psychologist with more than 25 years experience in the special needs field. Early recognition of signs is key.

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Stuttering in Children: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Finding Support

Stuttering in Children: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Finding Support

About 5 percent of kids stutter at some point in their young lives, and most (with early intervention) leave it behind for good. Our experts explain the disorder and how to manage it.

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How to Identify an Early Learning Disability in Your Child, with Tips for How You Can Help at Home

While children and teens with learning disabilities are often “diagnosed” in middle school or high school, many disabilities can actually be prevented by intervention at a much earlier age. Read these tips from the experts to find out how.

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The Truth About Dyslexia

There are many misunderstandings about dyslexia. Here, Wendy Burt-Thomas separates fact from myth about the condition.

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Does My Child Have a Disability?

If parents are concerned that their child is “different”, it could just mean they are “delayed"...

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How to Detect the Very Earliest Signs of Autism During Infancy

An important breakthrough makes it possible to spot precursors of autism in infants once you know what to look for. The earlier autism is diagnosed and therapy is begun, the greater the chance your child can be helped.

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