The 2018 Gerber Baby Announced

The 2018 Gerber Baby Announced

The 2018 Gerber baby is Lucas Warren, a 1-year-old from Georgia who is the first child with Down syndrome to be named a Gerber baby.

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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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The Lesson of the Pizza Bowl Fail

The Lesson of the Pizza Bowl Fail

Accustomed to doing so much for her son, who has cerebral palsy, a mom realizes he’s old enough to start making some of his own decisions.

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Meet Chase, a 15-Year-Old Chef with Autism

Meet Chase, a 15-Year-Old Chef with Autism

Meet Chase Bailey, a 15-year-old chef with autism who has a cooking show on YouTube.com and recently released his own cookbook.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mother Receives a Flood of Support Following Her Request of Primrose Markers Donations for Her Son with Autism

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.

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United Airlines Sends Sick Kids on a

United Airlines Sends Sick Kids on a "Fantasy Flight' to the North Pole

United Airlines organized a special flight for sick children to fly to the North Pole at Newark Liberty International Airport, where they met Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse, Minions, and Batman.

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Special Education Teacher Documents His Positive Teaching Methods with His Students

Special Education Teacher Documents His Positive Teaching Methods with His Students

Christopher Ulmer is a special education teacher in Florida that documents his positive interactions with his students on Facebook and approaches teaching them in a loving way.

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Long Island Siblings Named as Owners of Coffee Business That Benefits Those with Special Needs

Long Island Siblings Named as Owners of Coffee Business That Benefits Those with Special Needs

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.

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Why It's Important to Celebrate Your Child's Small Victories

Why It's Important to Celebrate Your Child's Small Victories

Even when progress for your child is slow, there are things to celebrate; it’s important to honor small victories. Seemingly commonplace accomplishments are all the sweeter because of what could have been: the “what ifs” that thankfully never came ...

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How One Mother Learned to Find Balance and Joy

One mother of a daughter with autism was going through a lot of changes in life when she found something that seemed empowering, new, and different. Her story, as told to Kaitlin Ahern, shows how a day of joy helped her release negative feelings 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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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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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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The Future for Children with Special Needs: Four Unique Perspectives

A young girl with autism, a sibling to two brothers on the spectrum, and two parents of children with disabilities share their unique perspectives on what the future will be like for their loves ones with special needs.

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The Bright Side: The Power of Optimism When Facing Disabilities

A New York father of three emphasizes the power of optimism when facing his son's disabilities and the importance of focusing on your child's abilities rather than disabilities.

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Your Child Had A Special Needs Diagnosis—Now What?

Learning that your child has special needs can be overwhelming and coping with the diagnosis can daunting. Rockland County mom Debbie Bertrand shares her experiences as she navigated life after her daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

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'The Best Advice I Ever Got': How to Cope with a Special Needs Diagnosis

Eleven parents of kids with special needs, all of whom have become experts in the special needs field, share the greatest wisdom they received that helped them cope after their children were diagnosed with disabilities.

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No Apologies

When one mom realized she didn't owe strangers an explanation, a defense, or an apology when it came to her son's actions, she found she helped empower her son with autism. Linda Kimpton explains helping her 7-year-old son navigate life with no apo...

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No Ordinary Journey

When her infant daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, one mom turned her questions into action. Laverne's inspiring story about traveling the world with Kasenya and their family will inspire you to redefine the possibilities and journeys pres...

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A Dose of Tolerance

Plenty has been written about teaching children to be more tolerant of their peers with special needs, but what about reaching unsympathetic adults? How to handle those intrusive questions and ignorant comments, whether on the playground or, ahem, ...

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Twins' Bond Is Stronger in Face of Disability

Twins' Bond Is Stronger in Face of Disability

When his twin sister is diagnosed with a developmental disorder and hits her milestones later than he does, compassionate Joey finds a way to keep their bond strong. His mother watches on with affection.

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Homegrown Heroes: Singing and Signing for Good

Professional opera singer Sabrina Francis volunteers her time and talent at Gigi's Playhouse NYC in upper Manhattan to inspire children with Down syndrome through music and sign language.

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Homegrown Heroes: Making Waves

Homegrown Heroes: Making Waves

A couple on Long Island volunteers to teach children with autism how to surf through Surfers Healing, a daylong surfing camp for children with autism that was founded by former competitive surfer Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz and his wife Danielle.

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Graduating from Asking for Advice to Giving It—Now That's a Good Thing

Graduating from Asking for Advice to Giving It—Now That's a Good Thing

A mom raising a child with special needs with her family in New York City is empowered in her own situation as she helps other families through trying and challenging times with their own children with special needs.

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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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Support 'Autistic Like Me: A Father's Perspective': Read, Donate, Engage

'Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective' is a feature documentary film directed by Charles Jones, chronicling the journey of five fathers whose children have all been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. We interviewed Jones and Anthony Me...

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'Autistic Like Me: A Father's Perspective' Exclusive Interview

'Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective' is a feature documentary film directed by Charles Jones, chronicling the journey of five fathers whose children have all been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. We interviewed Jones and Anthony Me...

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Rocky Point Mom's 'Bath-Time Blues' Inspire First Children’s Book

When Rocky Point resident Beth Capodanno discovered a way to make her son's bath time less of a struggle, she decided to share the wealth and wrote "Stinky Feet Stew," a children’s book aimed at making bath time easier for parents and children.

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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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A Bill of Rights For Parents of Kids With Special Needs

A Bill of Rights for Parent of Kids with Special Needs written by a Ellen Seidman, in honor of her son Max, and all children with special needs.

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Raising an Autistic Child: Marni Goltsman Shares Her Stories

Special needs mom and Inside Schools blogger Marni Goltsman shares her touching and familiar stories about her marriage, 'Simon Says', and of course Brooks, her son who has autism.

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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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The Best of the Rest of the Web: Love That Max, Terrible Teachers, and Bully Action

From our October "Special Parent" issue: check out our latest roundup of thought-provoking, observant, and sometimes laugh-out-loud quotes from a selection of our favorite parent (and kids!) writers and bloggers.

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Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Honors Three Outstanding Teens from the New York City Area

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities honored seven teens from across the country this year with youth achievement awards, including three outstanding individuals from our area.

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Simon Says: Overcoming Autism Through Play

Special needs mom and Inside Schools blogger Marni Goltsman discusses how her autistic son has gained social confidence through playing games like 'Simon Says'. Goltsman also writes of her hopes for her son's acceptance among his friends despite hi...

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Long Island Disability Awareness Night Honors Three Local Heroes

You may know that on May 18 the New York Mets trounced the Washington Nationals at Citi Field (shutting the Nats out 3-0). But for many in the stands that night, there was more to celebrate than a home team victory. It was also Long Island Disabili...

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Parents of Children with Special Needs: How to Tame the 'Worry Reflex'

A mom to an autistic 7-year-old reflects on her child's day in the spotlight, and the accompanying anxiety that can sometimes seem ever-present. Together with experts in the field, she offers advice to parents on how to tame their own 'worry reflex.'

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Rockland County Family Featured in Upcoming PBS Documentary 'This Emotional Life'

The Ross family, residents of New City in Rockland County, NY, will be featured in the upcoming PBS documentary "This Emotional Life," set to air in January, which explores the human pursuit of happiness.

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Downtown, A “Special” Team At Bat

The Downtown Challengers, part of the Downtown Little League, is comprised primarily of autistic children of various ages and functions. First established in 2007, the team continues to gain players and neighborhood popularity.

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Success at work, struggles at home: DANA BUCHMAN shares her daughter’s story

It is a common lament of parents: To wish you knew then what you know now. Perspective is a seductive gift. But few parents do what Dana Buchman did, which was to write a no-holds-barred book about her experience in A Special Education: One Fam...

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WHEN SPECIAL NEEDS LEAD THE WAY - One mother’s rise to the challenge

Many people would be hard-pressed to juggle a busy law career while raising three daughters. When one daughter is severely physically challenged, the task might seem overwhelming. Not so for Adrienne Arkontaky, a White Plains-based lawyer with the ...

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Second Chance With School:A bright student takes his dyslexic mom where she’s never been - to the head of the class

I’m finally enjoying school. Instead of bearing the stigma “learning disabled” like a backwards scarlet letter, I’m seeing how the top students live. Except now it’s not my own book bag I swing on my way to a New York City public school.

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