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When You Decide to Medicate Your Child With Special Needs

Kathy Radigan | Posted 02.06.2017 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

As a mom I make quick decisions every day. Many are no more important than what to serve for dinner or how much do I want to battle my teenage son ove...

Why You Should Urge Your Child's Teacher to Have Classroom Yoga Breaks

Meryl Davids Landau | Posted 02.01.2017 | Education
Meryl Davids Landau

When my kids were in Montessori elementary school, I used to teach yoga as part of PE. But when I heard that yoga expert Louise Goldberg advocates for...

The Healing Power of the Family Outing

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.30.2017 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I love my life as a mom. I really do. But every so often I experience a case of burnout that has me dreaming of getting on a plane, train, or bicycle ...

What You Don't Know About My Daughter With Special Needs

Mia Carella | Posted 01.20.2017 | Parents
Mia Carella

No, you don't know my daughter, but I wish you did. You are missing out.

Dance From Your Heart: A Place Where ALL Children Can Learn To Dance

Evey Rosenbloom | Posted 01.17.2017 | Impact
Evey Rosenbloom

I had the pleasure of visiting Laylas Dance Academy, a studio designed for dancers of ALL abilities. Layla is a Russian-trained gymnast, who was scou...

The Challenge of Adopting When You Have a Kid With Special Needs

Quora | Posted 01.06.2017 | Parents

Is it a good idea to adopt when you have a 7 year old biological child, potentially on the autistic spectrum, that really doesn't want a sibling? orig...

It Took Becoming a Mother for Me to Find My Voice as a Woman

Kathy Radigan | Posted 01.02.2017 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I may have been born with the gift of words, but it took motherhood for me to find my voice.

Santa Goes Above And Beyond For Boy With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.08.2016 | Parents

For 6-year-old James Epps, the prospect of meeting Santa Claus was very exciting, but also a bit overwhelming. James has special needs, so big crowds ...

Forget Me Not: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.23.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

As each and every one of us maneuver through our unique life path, we hope that we are not forgotten. We hope that the stranger we flashed a smile to ...

I Never Thought My Daughter's Life Would Be Like This

Erin Raffety | Posted 10.18.2016 | Parents
Erin Raffety

Yesterday a woman who works at Barnes & Noble walked right up to my daughter, Lucia, who is two and half, and greeted her–she knew her but she didn...

A Letter to Myself On The Day I Found Out My Daughter Has Down Syndrome

Seleni Institute | Posted 10.18.2016 | Parents
Seleni Institute

By Amy Silverman, contributor to the Seleni Institute, a nonprofit mental health and wellness center for women and mothers in New York City. When my n...

That Time My Son Finally Dressed Himself Thanks To Tommy Hilfiger

Ellen Seidman | Posted 10.17.2016 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Until I had a child with cerebral palsy, I never thought twice about the ability to pull on pants, button a shirt or zip up a jacket. Then I had Max, ...

Down Syndrome Awareness Is For Big People, Too

Alethea Mshar | Posted 10.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Alethea Mshar

I remember when my son Alex was first born, I felt compelled to make sure everyone in our lives knew just how precious he was. I enjoyed great success...

When I Realized Inclusion In The Classroom Wasn't Right For My Daughter

The Mighty | Posted 10.04.2016 | Parents
The Mighty

Written by Jennifer Iannuzzi In the fall of 2006, my daughter Sydney, who has Smith-Magenis syndrome, was about 10 months old, and I was just beginni...

When Your Child With Autism Has Trouble Making Friends

Pacer | Posted 11.29.2016 | Parents

“When Your Child with Autism Has Trouble Making Friends” originally appeared on, and was reprinted with permission. Four-year-old Timmy...

Motherhood and The Guilt Market

Kathy Radigan | Posted 09.13.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Each day the news is filled with stories about the volatility in the financial markets. But there is one market CNBC and the Wall Street Journal don't...

A Survival Kit for Special Needs Parents Entering the School Years

Kathy Radigan | Posted 09.06.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

As the new school year starts and I watch my three kids get ready to enter grades 12, 8 and 6, I can't help but think of all of the moms and dads with...

When A Teenager Called My Son A Retard

Melissa Hogan, JD | Posted 09.01.2016 | Parents
Melissa Hogan, JD

What does a bully look like? We imagine him bulky and gruff, sinister and sarcastic. He’s the extreme - either poor and defending his self-esteem by...

What If Full Mainstream Education Is Really Not Best For My Child?

Alethea Mshar | Posted 08.28.2016 | Parents
Alethea Mshar

Inclusion is a big deal. Parents want their children to be accepted into every setting possible. Removing children with cognitive impairments from t...

Why Real Inclusion Matters

Maxine Sinda Napal | Posted 12.20.2016 | Parents
Maxine Sinda Napal

“Can I help you with something?” I wouldn’t have said anything, but I spotted your friend pulling a face before you whipped around to stare at m...

10 Things I Need To Say To Tired Special Needs Moms

Alethea Mshar | Posted 08.10.2016 | Parents
Alethea Mshar

Dear Special Needs Mom, My guess is that you feel invisible today, that it seems like nobody really knows what your days are like. I know, I’ve been...

Grief And The Special Needs Parent

Kate Welch | Posted 08.04.2016 | Parents
Kate Welch

When my son Caleb was born in 1996, he was taken from me by ambulance before he was 12 hours old to have open-heart surgery in another state. Recover...

Boy With Rare Illness Holds On Long Enough To Become Honorary Marine

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 08.02.2016 | Good News

Wyatt Gillette, an 8-year-old boy with a rare illness, died a day after being made an honorary Marine. Wyatt suffered from a rare genetic disorder cal...

Children Will Listen

Kathy Radigan | Posted 08.01.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

"Little pitchers have big ears," is a phrase I remember my mother saying often when I was a little kid. She usually said it when she was on the phone ...

Teacher's Letter To A Student With Autism Is What Education Is Really About

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.15.2016 | Parents

A U.K. teacher went above and beyond for her student with autism. Eleven-year-old Ben Twist has autism and attends Lansbury Bridge School and Sports ...