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Children With Special Needs

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

Laurie Levy | Posted 02.25.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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.

How I Told My 7-Year-Old Son He Has Down Syndrome

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

I am feeling my way here in a world that does not provide a manual for how you tell your kid they have Down syndrome.

Does This 7-Year-Old Seem Exploited To You?

Ellen Seidman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Holly is a beautiful girl who happens to have CP. End of story. A great beginning for Holly!

The 6-Letter Word Parents Need To Stop Using

www.upworthy.com | Posted 01.05.2014 | Parents

This poem was written for my son....

What My Mother Knew The Moment She Met My Daughter

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

My mother and this relationship we had. So tested, yet so strong. More than anyone else, I cared about what she thought. Maybe because I knew I was so much like her. Maybe because if I saw strength in her, I knew I could be strong too.

For The Parent Who Just Received A Down Syndrome Diagnosis

Megan Davies Mennes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Megan Davies Mennes

I don't know you, yet I feel that we are connected. I remember walking in your shoes and fearing for the future. I remember feeling so alone, then finding others who were experiencing the same emotions, and it helped me cope with the news that you are dealing with today.

How My Children Have Helped Me Become Perfectly Human

Andi Sligh | Posted 12.13.2013 | Parents
Andi Sligh

When I became a mom, I thought my job was to mold and shape my children into their best selves. To my surprise, my children have molded and shaped me.

Stunning Dollhouses Built For Children With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.11.2013 | Parents

These aren't your typical Barbie Dream Houses. Twenty acclaimed modern architects were enlisted by British property developer Cathedral Group to de...