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Children With Special Needs

I Cry For My Son

Lola Lolita | Posted 07.20.2015 | Parents
Lola Lolita

I cry for my son when I sneak in his room at night and watch him sleep, marveling at all he has courageously accomplished as well as all he has yet to face.

5 Truths from 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime'

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Harriet Heydemann

Although my daughter, Ariela, did not have autism, we had a lot in common with the family in the play. Without giving too much away, here are just a few of the play's insights that I related to.

Asperger's Is Not a Cheese

Lauren Salkin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Lauren Salkin

We stopped speculating about Son's ability to defy gravity and dragged him to a pediatric neurologist. To our surprise, his brain scans were normal. As far as the head tilt, the doctor said, "He'll grow out of it. It's nothing to be concerned about." Sure, he's not your kid.

The Things We Take For Granted: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Super Food for Malnourished Children in Cameroon. After years of studying abroad, Marcel Kwedi returned to his native Cameroon with a desire support his community. When he returned to his village, he found desertification and rising food costs, which led him to launch NUTRIMAX.

Tips on Designing Tablet Games for Visually Impaired Kids

Catriona Wallis | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Catriona Wallis

Our meeting with Marco was more fascinating than imagined. He described the eight reference points on a screen that a blind person uses to navigate. He told us about software and hardware that make mobile devices accessible to the blind.

Letting Go of Special Needs Parenting

Whitney Fleming | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Whitney Fleming

My journey with her hasn't changed. I will still advocate on her behalf and ensure she has the resources to succeed in this life; however, I am slowly accepting that our path heads in a different direction.

Scenic Adventures in the Life of a Foster/Adoptive Special Needs Mom

Patty Boles | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Patty Boles

People wonder how we manage a large family with special needs kids. Well, that's how we do it. I have a Richard. Don't try this without one.

Wanting Your Children to Be in School Does Not Mean You Don't Love Them

Laurie Levy | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Laurie Levy

If you are condemning other parents for not being as excited as you are to have a fun-filled day off of school, please stop. Unless you have walked the proverbial mile in someone else's shoes, you have no idea

Please Don't Praise Your Kid For Playing With Mine

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

Follow your child's lead: make a new friend, maybe even someone with a disability. No, you will not be an exceptional person for doing that -- you will just be a little bit richer for having a new friend.

The Inclusive Gap Ad That Has Everyone Cheering

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.16.2014 | Parents

Earlier this month, Gap posted a photo on the brand's Facebook page to promote its autumn kids collection. The ad shows a group of children getting re...

Dogs in Asia: Doctors Not Dinner

Jill Robinson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

In a continent where dogs are often regarded as food, a change in attitude is palpable as the science behind the healing powers of canine therapy is being embraced by animal lovers and doctors alike.

Yes, My Child With Special Needs Understands You -- Please Talk To Him

Ellen Seidman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

When you meet a kid with disabilities, talk to him, not just his parent. If he doesn't seem up for interacting, back off.

My Son's Disability Doesn't Make Me A 'Special Kind Of Person'

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

Believe me, I am not diminishing my work as a mother. I am not pretending that my son is just like everyone else. But when we glorify his friends, or his mother, or his one-day prom date, we imply that he is less-than.

When Did Handicapped Bathrooms Become a Free-for-All?

Meg Harris | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Meg Harris

There has been much debate about the usage of handicapped bathrooms. Some people feel like they should be used exclusively by handicapped individuals, and others say they are built for handicapped individuals, not reserved for them. I would like to offer my opinion and experience as a mother of a child with special needs.

To The Me Of 10 Years Ago

Phoebe Holmes | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Phoebe Holmes

You will learn to be a fighter. You will find strength you never realized you had and overcome your fear of confrontation. You do this because not doing this is not an option. That baby girl needs you to be this way. And you're not about to let that girl down.

Summer Camp for a Child With Special Needs: Learning New Things, Meeting New Friends and Trying Something You Never Tried!

Marla Murasko | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Marla Murasko

A lot of camps may encourage inclusion for children with special needs to take part in their camp activities with their typical peers.

Saying Goodbye to Class

John M. Simmons | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

My son wasn't very old when we realized that one of his greatest talents was to be able to make people feel loved and happy. When that is combined with people who like to see Jack feel loved and happy, magic happens.

Photographing Kids With Special Needs Isn't So Complicated. Let's All Do More Of It.

Lily Francesca Alt | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Lily Francesca Alt

As the photo director for Parents magazine, I produce all sorts of fun shoots on a variety of subjects, but some projects are especially rewarding. That was the case with our recent "Life in a Special-Needs World" section.

Autism Acceptance: The Crucial String

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Disability seeps into all the cracks, the corners, of your life. It becomes the emotional center of the family. Sometimes I felt as if other, typical families were feasting in a great restaurant, while the four of us were standing outside, noses pressed to the glass.

The Little Preschool That Could: An Inclusion Journey

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.28.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

The teachers and I wanted to do more, so we began to develop a program to ensure that future children with special needs participated in a meaningful way rather than just pushing a car back and forth alone on the rug.

17 Things You Can Say To A Parent Of A Child Who Has Special Needs Without Sounding Like a Jerk

Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D.

It's not hard to change your choice of wording; it just takes a moment to stop and think.

The Question I Shouldn't Have Asked About My Special Needs Child

Ellen Seidman | Posted 05.12.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

The best piece of advice I ever got about raising a child with special needs was to look at how he's doing, not at his medical records or the X-rays of his brain with all the grayish-white blobs where the damage occurred.

The Words That Remind Me Of My Daughter's Strength

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

As I turn the corner in our neighborhood, I catch sight of my pink and purple Rainbow Loom bracelet against the steering wheel; it is one of the first Zoe made. It stays on my right hand as a reminder not to underestimate my girl, and all she has taught us along the way.

15 Things Never To Say To A Special Needs Parent

Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D.

I write this list in the hopes that it will be read by some of those good people who mean well but whose words can still be as sharp as knives.

8 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Their Autism Service Provider

Sara Gershfeld | Posted 03.24.2014 | Education
Sara Gershfeld

These are just a few suggestions about what information parents should gather to evaluate their providers before making a decision. If possible, be sure to visit and evaluate several places before you make a final decision on which provider will work with your child.