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Special Needs Children

Tools for Peace: The Power and Know-How to Address Bullying and School Violence

Areva Martin | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

Students also need help! Both those who are bullied and those subjected to bullying need guidance and assistance in order to address root causes and redirect negative behaviors.

When Your Child Is Exceptional (Twice)

Lori Sokol | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Lori Sokol

It's due to parents like Dr. Busi that the awareness and validation for Asperger's Disorder have been raised to a higher level than through any other medium. Additionally, their work is empowering other parents to continue to create what currently doesn't exist.

10 Things A Little Girl With Autism Has To Get Off Her Chest

Shanell Mouland | Posted 04.18.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

My meltdowns are far worse for me than they are for you.

Talking to a Child With Special Needs Through an iPad - A Humbling Experience

Laurie Levy | Posted 04.17.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

There are old disability-awareness tricks to help people appreciate how hard it is to be blind or deaf. But trying to express the ideas in my head using augmentative communication software was even more frustrating.

Semper Fi

Sarah Smiley | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

So it was, on the day set aside for fathers and their children, Marc went home to be with his dad, where this time the Marine stood waiting for his son. Semper Fi.

Autism and Anxiety: Common Companions

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Living on the spectrum comes with daily challenges for the child, his parent, and his teachers. Here are some tips that can help a child on the spectrum experience less anxiety in their day and feel calmer inside.

The Boy in the Red Hoodie

Scott Benner | Posted 04.10.2014 | Parents
Scott Benner

I looked up and saw a little boy in a red hoodie playing by himself in the grass of the outfield; he must have been all of 4-years-old. I watched him play for a few moments; he appeared to be off in his own world. The site of him was heart-warming and yet, I was also crushed by the carefree nature of his joyful abandon.

I Wish You Could See What I See

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 04.10.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

Love changes things, even perspectives. I know it changed mine.

A Mother's Fear

Jessica Fein | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Jessica Fein

I'm back in the PICU having spent exactly 27 hours "on the outside." After 42 days in intensive care with my 9-year-old daughter due to a cold that became pneumonia that led to a month-long intubation, we thought we were in the clear when we were transferred to rehab.

New Survey Can Help Us Demand Change

Areva Martin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Areva Martin

You, too, can use a personal situation to change an entire system.

Watching Frozen With My Daughters: Disability As Superpower and the Power of Sister Love

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

Like Elsa, Claire was born with something that makes her different. Something that puts her life at risk, something that many might think she should be ashamed of or at least try to conceal and minimize as much as possible.

Dear Friend Whom My Autistic Child Just Rebuffed

Leigh Merryday | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Leigh Merryday

You put yourself out there and sent a message to our family, to him, and everyone in the immediate area -- that he is worth knowing. Not everyone knows that. But you do.

The Truth About Autism And Divorce Rates

Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq. | Posted 04.07.2014 | Divorce
Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq.

As a supporter of the autism community, it is important to me that parents who are already dealing with added responsibilities in caring for their child don't carry the unnecessary burden of feeling like their marriages are all but doomed.

Doctors Said This Baby Would Never Crawl. Watch Her Prove Them Very Wrong.

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 04.03.2014 | Parents

In the fall of 2012, photographer Michelle Nagle posted a photo of her then 4-year-old daughter, Eden, taking wobbly, but ever-surer steps with her wa...

What You SHOULD Say To A Special Needs Parent

Jamie Krug | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

Here's a shocking secret: We are just like you. Except we're different.

Mainstream Technology Gives Lift to Assistive Learning

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The concept of assistive technology to help special education students achieve more in K-12 classrooms is nothing new, but the portability of many of ...

Charter Schools, the Time Is Now to Take on Special Ed in a Big Way

Allison Hertog | Posted 03.31.2014 | Education
Allison Hertog

Charter schools and special education. Two concepts antithetical to each other? Not in my book. A handful of public charters are already doing a bang-up job educating kids with disabilities, I swear.

The Conversations We Should Be Having About Special Needs

Dana Points | Posted 03.27.2014 | Parents
Dana Points

More than ever, kids with and without a diagnosis are playing and going to school side by side. They seem to get along pretty well. But what about their grown-ups?

Big Deal or Little Problem?

Raluca State | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Raluca State

The teacher, in a calming, warm voice, said: "Big deal or little problem?" He thought about it for a second. His eyes focused squarely on hers. His hands relaxed motionless by his sides.

Special Needs Parenting: What Dies, What Is Born

Caurie Putnam | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Caurie Putnam

A little piece of me died on the day Brady was born, but much more of me was reborn.

How My Son Changed My Sense of Time

Jamie Krug | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I should have been happy, sweetly satisfied that day, at that moment. It should have felt like a celebration -- something to look forward to. If only I could stop myself from looking back, from feeling those feelings from that exact day four years earlier washing over me at random intervals.

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

Ellen Seidman | Posted 03.12.2014 | 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.

Making Change for Orphans With Special Needs

Jenny Bowen | Posted 03.06.2014 | Impact
Jenny Bowen

Director Li passed among the cribs, and as she explained the special care needed for each, she comforted the babies, held them, made small improvements before moving on.

What 'Retarded' Does And Does Not Mean

Phoebe Holmes | Posted 03.05.2014 | Parents
Phoebe Holmes

For me, it's not just any old word -- it's my daughter. My beautiful, bright, happy, loving, amazing daughter who is slow or limited in intellectual development and academic progress.

Make The Change, BE The Change

Tara May | Posted 03.05.2014 | Parents
Tara May

It's time to make a change in the way we talk to and about others.