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Special Needs Children

The Best Gift My Grandson Ever Gave Me

Ray Flynn | Posted 07.13.2014 | Fifty
Ray Flynn

When one of my 17 grandchildren was born with a rare undiagnosed neurological disease, my priorities changed. My passion was not politics, but helping my handicapped grandson Braeden, now 7-years-old... Like all grandparents would say, all their grandchildren are the light of their lives, but a handicapped child is a pure delight.

Data Is Key to Improving Outcomes for Students With Special Needs

Michele Jolin | Posted 07.11.2014 | Education
Michele Jolin

For far too long, we as a nation have set unnecessarily low education expectations for students with special needs, limiting their choices and opportunities for success.

What If She Lives With Us Forever?

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

What I once feared so much is something I now would welcome with open arms. I enjoy my daughter, and the thought of having her around makes me smile.

When Did Handicapped Bathrooms Become a Free-for-All?

Meg Harris | Posted 07.01.2014 | 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.

Reflecting on Inspirational Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey

Stephen M. Sweeney | Posted 06.27.2014 | Impact
Stephen M. Sweeney

The 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games have just concluded and I applaud all of the event organizers, volunteers, supporters, and especially the athletes, for making this an amazing event.

June Is Aphasia Awareness Month: Learn About Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Laurie Levy | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Laurie Levy

You may have heard of aphasia if you know someone who has had a stroke or brain injury. In public schools, how can we right the wrongs for children who can't even tell us they are happening?

To The Woman In The Elevator Who Asked About This Bracelet

Mike Porath | Posted 06.19.2014 | Parents
Mike Porath

I'd never worn a bracelet -- I don't even wear a watch -- but when you get a diagnosis like we did and you don't have any answers, you do whatever you can to show support.

To The Me Of 10 Years Ago

Phoebe Holmes | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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.

Why I Call Myself a #spinabifida Mom

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

I write a lot about Spina Bifida, I read a lot about Spina Bifida, and I like to connect with other folks dealing with the same things. By putting it in my profile, and also by hashtagging my photos, I can find other families who also inhabit the world of SB.

I Thought We Had More Time

Jamie Krug | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I am supposed to be the one to soothe him, to tell him... what on Earth am I supposed to tell him? That it will be fine? That it sucks? That I'm sorry?

Hope for USA Auties and Aspies From UK

David Adrian Thomas, Esq., M.C.I.H.T. | Posted 06.13.2014 | Education
David Adrian Thomas, Esq., M.C.I.H.T.

As a joint blog answered commenter Russell's first question last week I'll just address his second question, which was, what do I mean by solve the au...

Why We Put This Little Girl On Our Magazine's Cover

Sasha Emmons | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
Sasha Emmons

You would never know this kid struggles with heart problems and has been through three eye surgeries. Sitting on our set, clapping her hands and bobbing to Pharrell's "Happy," she was the picture of pure glee.

Eating My Words at the Awards Assembly

Katherine Wintsch | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Katherine Wintsch

For the younger kids (pre-school through second grade), the school plays by the "everyone's a winner" rule. Each class is called up as a large group and the awards are passed out one by one. While I prefer a little competitive action when it comes to awards, I try to contain myself. "Try" being the operative word.

Saying Goodbye to Class

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.03.2014 | 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.

Celebrating Milestone Birthdays in a Special Needs Family

Rebecca Gallagher | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Gallagher

For the disabled, the developmentally challenged, a big birthday is sometimes a bitter sweet reminder of the years and years of struggle and toll it's been on a family. To all of you parents out there celebrating the milestone birthday's of your special children, I salute you with all my heart.

Working Together to Support Students With Learning Differences

Rachel Brody | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Rachel Brody

As managing director of Teach For America's Special Education and Ability Initiative, I was disappointed to see the critical work of our special educa...

A Letter To The Mom Who Stared At My Child With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

I notice the stare-glares every single time, and a mix of emotions runs through me: Fury. Distress. Heartache for my son. And confusion: What exactly is the problem here?

15 Superpowers Special Needs Moms Have

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

9. The ability to morph into various people at any given time: Therapist! Teacher! Nurse! Cook! Coach! Cheerleader! Secretary! Chauffeur! Personal shopper! Ball buster! Boo-boo kisser!

5 Helpful Practices for Parents of Children With Special Needs

KnowMore TV | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

Only when we are functioning well physically, emotionally and spiritually can we address the often constant needs of our children.

Do We Support Children and Families After Adoption From Foster Care? Not So Much

Adam Pertman | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Adam Pertman

Preparing and supporting adoptive and guardianship families both before and after adoption not only helps to preserve and stabilize at-risk placements, but also offers children and families the best opportunity for success.

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

Areva Martin | Posted 06.23.2014 | 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 06.22.2014 | 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 06.18.2014 | 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 06.17.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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.