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To The Man Who Yelled At The Movie Theater About My Child

Nicole Skaro | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

It's 3:00 a.m. here in Waconia, MN. Somewhere in this area are two men sleeping the night away, while my pillow gets heavier and heavier with my tears. You will never remember me. But, I will remember you way more than I should ever have 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.

To The Friend Who Is on the Fence About Adopting a Baby

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

A pregnancy involves conception and ultrasounds and birth plans and stretch marks. Adoption involves stacks of paperwork, no "due date" and many uncertainties. However, the end result is the same: parenthood.

Amish Schools Find Ways To Serve Special Needs Kids

Religion News Service | Heather Adams | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion

CLARK, Mo. (RNS) Maryann Yoder, 5, will join her sister Edna, 7, and other Amish children in a local one-room schoolhouse in a few years. But until th...

Mom: United Airlines Kicked My Family Off Flight Because My Daughter Has Autism

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents

An Oregon woman says she plans to sue United Airlines after her family was kicked off a flight last week during an unscheduled landing, which the woma...

The Community Roots of Mother's Day

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

All of these moms have taught us, regardless of the obstacle -- be it extreme poverty, gang violence, managing children with special needs or even living in a refugee camp -- that there is nothing that a mom can't do when it comes to nurturing her community.

A Mother's Day Wish for Special Needs Moms

Mary Hickey | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

Happy Mother's Day amazing mamas! Today we celebrate YOU. You have made a profound difference in the life of a child.

Cruelty Beyond Comprehension: Special Ed Teacher Puts Autistic Child in Trash Can

Kathy Gill | Posted 05.07.2015 | Education
Kathy Gill

Police arrested a suburban Atlanta special education teacher after she held a special needs student upside down inside a trash can.

Children With Special Needs Deserve America's Support

Ray Flynn | Posted 05.07.2015 | Fifty
Ray Flynn

Children and adults with special needs deserve America's best effort. As I said recently on national radio, America can do much better than it's doing in the health care field.

Kim Bellware

Family Angered After Police Handcuff And Shackle 5-Year-Old With Special Needs

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.04.2015 | Crime

After a 5-year-old boy ended up handcuffed and shackled in a patrol car following a classroom outburst last week, his family is saying the school's fa...

Hello, Winter The Dolphin! It's Me, Eliza

Meg Harris | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Meg Harris

From the first time that Eliza watched the movie Dolphin Tale, she fell in love with Winter, a young dolphin who loses her tail. Eliza seemed to innately understand the dolphin's struggles.

One Magic Moment

Rob Ashe | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Rob Ashe

While the two of them danced, Elsa walked over to have a conversation with our oldest. We explained that she wouldn't reply back, but Elsa continued to speak to our daughter just like we do. She may not reply, but that doesn't mean she is not worthy of our words and attention.

Since When Is Autism A Competition?

Julie M Green | Posted 04.24.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Autism is not a competition. It's a spectrum, with challenges common enough to fall under the same diagnostic family tree, yet different enough for the grass to seem greener on the other side.

Finding Strength on the Vulnerable Journey to Autism Diagnosis

Laurie Ashley | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Laurie Ashley

The year leading to diagnosis was the darkest and brightest year for me. As a mother, I was vulnerable and that humbled me. My radar kicked in. This was no longer about me. This was about him.

Having a Disability Is Not Wrong

Becky Holland | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Becky Holland

Being honest is hard. When life is different to the "norm" it can be hard to know what to say. In the early days the below questions confronted me and hurt; even if a person means well it doesn't make it easy to answer. These days they don't bother me as much but I still don't like them.

A Special Needs Mom's Letter to Steve Harvey

Sonia Smith-Kang | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Sonia Smith-Kang

Did you hear the one about a mom of a special needs daughter listening to one of her favorite comedians making a tasteless joke about a special needs person?

Sometimes That Handicapped Permit Is For a Kid

Kate Welch | Posted 04.16.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

If you are ever tempted to question the legality of a handicapped permit, please leave it to the police. Not all handicaps are visible.

I Am "That" Parent

Smart Parents | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

I am that parent. Dear professionals: You know me, I am the one who asks questions. The one who will turn a 15 minute scheduled meeting into 45 minutes. The one who does not hesitate to let you know when things are not going well for her child.

Vanessa's Journey: Empowering Special Education Through Technology

Smart Parents | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

My daughter's story started like many children born with special needs - doctors telling us not to expect much. I did my research and discovered that visual learning may be one of her unique abilities. It's turned out to be true.

How One Mom Is Using Military Uniforms To Solve A Problem For Kids With Autism

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.10.2015 | Parents

When Crystal Lyons' toddler son John was diagnosed with autism in July 2014, the South Carolina mom looked into buying him a weighted vest -- a therap...

Passover Sedars - Traditional to the Future and Back

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Harriet Heydemann

I never liked Passover when I was a kid. Sedars were long and tedious. We couldn't eat anything until all of the blessings were said, and all of the commentaries were read in Hebrew and sometimes in both Hebrew and English.

Down the Rabbit Hole Again in Search of a Diagnosis

Kathy Radigan | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I would be lying if I said I wasn't scared for what the next few weeks and months may bring. I want the best for my son, and I want him to have a happy life. I know that by sharing our story, it may mean that at least one other family may know they're not alone. And isn't that what these awareness campaigns are all about?

Three Lessons from Pre-K

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 04.07.2015 | Good News
Harriet Heydemann

I read a story in Huffington Post last week about teaching kindness in kindergarten. Who could argue with that? Comments came in with praise for the program. The story brought back memories of my daughter's pre-K class.

To Succeed at School, Children With ADHD Need Both Medication and Non-Medication Treatments

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 04.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

An impor­tant ques­tion then, for mil­lions of kids diag­nosed with ADHD and for their par­ents and edu­ca­tors, is whether long-term aca­d­e­mic func­tion­ing can improve with appro­pri­ate treat­ment.

Tips on Designing Tablet Games for Visually Impaired Kids

Catriona Wallis | Posted 04.06.2015 | 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.