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Special Needs Children

Special Needs Parents, You Are Not Invisible

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

You parent a child with special needs and sometimes you feel alone and invisible. But you are not. Today, I want to tell you that I see you.

It Actually Does Take a Village in Special Needs

Dan Levitz | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Dan Levitz

To be at a birthday party for a really amazing little boy that my daughter is just crazy about and not to have to explain to anyone why she's holding her hands over her ears while she bops to the music is just heaven.

Opening Our Hearts to Special Needs Children

Areva Martin | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

The Avonte tragedy has started a conversation that will hopefully continue, hopefully keep things moving to bring about more action and awareness. Every parent should have the confidence of knowing their child is safe when away from home and family.

What Parents and Others Can Learn from Sochi Olympians

Robin Gorman Newman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
Robin Gorman Newman

As parents, we all want our kids to succeed. Not everyone gets to stand on a podium and have a medal draped around their neck. But our kids are heroes in our eyes.

"White Suburban Moms" and Everyone Else: Are New York's New Diploma Options the Future of the Common Core?

Allison Hertog | Posted 04.06.2014 | Education
Allison Hertog

You might think that as an advocate for struggling learners, I would oppose these new tough standards, but I am a supporter. Why?

WATCH: Mom's Photos Smash Stereotypes Of Down Syndrome

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.10.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

When Chicago blogger Katie Driscoll learned that her fetus carried the chromosome for Down syndrome, she quickly realized that unfair stereotypes of t...

What to Do When Your Team Loses the Super Bowl

John M. Simmons | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

Jack sobbed the tears that Peyton Manning would have like to for several minutes before his mother told him to come and give her a hug. After a while, he calmed down. He took off his jersey and reverently folded it.

Moving Forward

Joanne De Simone | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Joanne De Simone

Another young boy sped toward us on his bike. I made comparisons, knowing I was breaking another rule. Don't compare your child to anyone else. I couldn't help it. The sight of him seemed to reaffirm the success of our experiment. We were having a normal day in the park.

What Can Be Mended, And What Cannot

Jamie Krug | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

How did this little monkey become a symbol for how simple it was supposed to be? How much my dreams for my boy have had to be continuously ripped open, then sewn back up with a thread that is clearly not strong enough to hold.

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.

The Year I Finally Realized I'm Not Alone

Courtney Alison | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Courtney Alison

The Internet can be a funny place. People can be ruthless behind an anonymous screen. They can also be incredibly generous and kind.

Why I Don't Usually Talk About Our Adoption

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

You want to know what people really think about kids with Down syndrome? Tell someone you're thinking of getting one.

I Am Not Diabetes

Scott Benner | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Scott Benner

People do amazing things every day, things that look brave to onlookers who have yet to face such challenges. The uninitiated will refer to the actor's response as brave, but the people who fight the fight call it staying alive.

Patiently Standing Together for Change

Areva Martin | Posted 03.16.2014 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

As we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and continue to mourn for Nelson Mandela this month, I'm reminded of the power of patience.

I'm Finally Facing The Moment I've Dreaded For Years

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 03.10.2014 | Parents
Sharon Kay Edwards

Maybe I'm still trying to find my balance -- but not on a bike. This time it's as a mom -- the balance between keeping them safe and pushing them to learn to ride on their own -- and I'm always afraid I'm screwing it up.

Still a Terrifying Way to Discipline Children: One Year Later

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 02.22.2014 | Education
Bill Lichtenstein

One year ago, I wrote an article for the New York Times exposing the use of physical restraints and isolation rooms with students in schools across th...

What Nonverbal Kids Can Gain From Technology

Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cortese, MS Ed, MS CCC-SLP

Technology is truly a beautiful thing. It gives voice, words and expression to an inner world that may otherwise lay dormant without the tools to access and express it.

5 Ways to Foster and Teach Empathy to Children

Lisa Lori | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Lisa Lori

I frequently tell my children that everyone in life faces challenges, some of us on the outside, others economic or emotional, this list really attempts to speak to parents of children of all backgrounds. While schools grapple with teaching children about bullying, parents should and can take an active part in helping children develop empathy.

The Promising Future of Virtual spEd

Allison Hertog | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
Allison Hertog

More and more, parents whose kids don't fit the cookie cutter mold of their neighborhood school are increasingly interested in the option of high-quality education online -- even if it means missing teacher-led instruction.

Straight from the Heart: Fostering Joy

Patty Boles | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Patty Boles

Little did we realize that our desire for another child would come true 10 times. Or that we would care for over 100 sick and medically fragile babies.

The Grief My Son Does Not Deserve

Ellen Seidman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Max's 11th birthday is coming up. My 11th anniversary as a mom is coming up. His birth will never be a happy event for me, yet why does it have to still hurt so much? It feels as if I am doing Max wrong by grieving this way. He doesn't deserve that.

How I Came to Understand the Meaning of Self Compassion

Christie Taylor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Christie Taylor

Self compassion can be a rocky road at first, like most changes are. But, once I started taking care of myself and sharing some of my son's needs, it had a positive effect not only for myself, but for our entire family.

I Am the Author of the Open Letter to Chuck Klosterman Regarding the R-word

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

At the risk of sounding trite, Mr. Klosterman is who we have been waiting for. People with intellectual disabilities and their families and friends and allies have been waiting for someone of his stature and character to come to the fore.

Mandy Velez

Mom Calls For Change After 4-Year-Old With Special Needs Is Blocked From Pageant | Mandy Velez | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents

When Rebecca Uccello signed her daughter, Izabella, up for the "Little Miss Springfield" pageant, she thought it would be a nice change of pace. Izabe...

5 Things You Should Know About Families Dealing With Disability

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

My daughter's genetic disorder resulted in a variety of disabilities, both cognitive and physical, that impact nearly every aspect of our lives. Usually we go along with our routine, but sometimes I am struck by how little others know about disability and what life is like for us.