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Special Needs Children

My Special Needs Princess and the Dreaded Parent Intake Form

Kathy Radigan | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Tears I had no time for started to fall freely. I gave myself two minutes and then made myself stop. I knew my 9-year-old's bus would be here soon. I found the form in a box I use for all the things I don't want to face and set it out on the table so I could fill it out once he got home.

What We Can Learn From the Developmentally Disabled

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Karen Zainal

I love the work organizations like KEEN does, but it saddens me that we actually need to recruit volunteers to fulfill social and emotional needs that wonderful people like Charles are often deprived of.

After My Husband Left, I Chose To See Divorce As An Invaluable Gift

Margaret Hession | Posted 12.10.2014 | Divorce
Margaret Hession

The easiest path is always the dead path, the wrong trail.

For Parents of Kids With Special Needs, Parent-Teacher Conferences Feel Like Going to War

Laurie Levy | Posted 12.01.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

Parents of children with special needs are like all other parents. They want to feel reassured their child is happy at school. They want to collaborate and problem-solve in partnership with the teacher.

What Big Boys Can Do

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

The words marched across the page, cold and unfeeling like a barricade. No way around them, no hint of subtlety to their meaning, no chance to rearrange the letters and make them right.

An Uptick in Stats Means Greater Demand for Special Needs Education

Cari Shane | Posted 11.18.2014 | Education
Cari Shane

There are more than 6 million children in the U.S. with disabilities, from physical to developmental, and the numbers keep growing. The epidemic is leaving parents overwhelmed while the area's educational systems work overtime to meet demand.

Children of Color and Autism: Too Little, Too Late

Areva Martin | Posted 11.11.2014 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

As the incidence rate of autism continues to grow, institutions and scientists are missing an incredible opportunity to study a unique and distinct demographic of the autism community: children of color. Not only does this complicate any mission of advancing the science of autism overall, but it perpetuates health disparities for African-American children with autism.

Grant Guess Does Good

Mackenzie Long | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Mackenzie Long

Grant is an example for me, and for us all, of someone who sought out a problem and then took it upon himself to fix it, build awareness and see it through until the bitter end. I wish I was more like Grant. I wish we all were a bit more like Grant.

In Five Days

Suzie Skougard | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Suzie Skougard

I love the way she coos, and the way she smiles a goofy, mouth-wide open grin. In five days, I will be handing her over to a team of pediatric surgeons. They will cut open her chest and, provided all goes well, they will repair her heart.

Appreciating the Kindness of Strangers

Kathy Radigan | Posted 11.06.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

When you're the parent of a special needs child, learning to handle the looks and stares of strangers becomes an important part of the job.

Finding Delight In The Every Day

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

Her voice grew stronger, her songs more varied. In the car and around the house. How had I not noticed her singing had completely stopped, weeks and weeks ago? She was back in school, smiling and singing and I was thankful and delighted with each verse.

Kids First! Be a #KidVoter

Areva Martin | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
Areva Martin

We know that early education creates a foundation. We know exposure to words, language and literacy provides a ladder to boost children with extra challenges to the starting line in kindergarten.

3 Things You Should Know About Learning Disabilities

Karem Ensley | Posted 10.30.2014 | Education
Karem Ensley

Many people associate learning disabilities with low intelligence, laziness, lack of success, and not being able to learn. Sadly, the people who make these associations include the very children and adults that have been diagnosed with a learning disability.

We All Fall Down Sometimes, And Yet... A Spina Bifida Awareness Post

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

All the kids swing. All the kids slide. All the kids run and play. But only one of them is constantly falling down and, it turns out, she's starting to notice it too.

The Importance of Meditation for Parents of Children With Special Needs or Challenges

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

On my end, I've written that my meditation practice has been my "saving grace." Okay, if I am going to be honest... it is stronger than that. It has saved my life. With my daughter, I probably would have lingered in a consistent state of depression. I've had bouts, but with my practice I could always get out of it.

Bullying Hurts Kids With Intellectual Disabilities: A Parent's Perspective

Terri Barnhart | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Terri Barnhart

The teasing from his teammates started slowly, but then one day some boys on his team pants'd him by pulling down Ben's pants on the playing field, in front of the whole team.

The SPECTRUM Alert: 8 Steps Schools Can Take to Prevent Autism-Elopement Tragedy

Leigh Merryday | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Leigh Merryday

If a school district's plan to address autistic elopement is merely to wait for it to happen and call police, they are planning for tragedy. After consulting with both local law enforcement and Jerry Turning of Police and Autism: Bridging the Gap, here's a protocol I'm suggesting to my child's school district.

The Inclusive Gap Ad That Has Everyone Cheering

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.16.2014 | Parents

Earlier this month, Gap posted a photo on the brand's Facebook page to promote its autumn kids collection. The ad shows a group of children getting re...

Jessica's Haven & Rescue: Special People, Special Dogs

Maggie Sergio | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Maggie Sergio

What has evolved is an educational program that works with the local community, and across the San Francisco Bay Area. Jessica's Haven & Rescue has a vocational skills training program that operates four days a week in addition to rescuing and finding homes for unwanted dogs.

Here's How To Plan A Trip To Disney World With Special Needs Kids

MiniTime | Posted 12.11.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

Children with autism need to know what's going on, and about the environment that they're traveling to. Now you can do this two ways.

Learning to Trust My Parenting Instincts

Kathy Radigan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Trusting my own instincts can be very hard for me at these times. I find myself caught between wanting to be the perfect daughter and making my parents happy and needing to be the mother that I know Lizzy requires me to be. Yesterday, motherhood won out.

Common Core Kills Curiosity

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.30.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.

"Normal" Is a Dryer Setting: We're All More Alike Than We Are Different

Debra Jenkins | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Debra Jenkins

I was honored to be a presenter at TEDxHuntsville on September 7 and am thrilled that the video of my talk has now been posted.

The Great Disclosure Debate: When Should You Tell Strangers Your Child Has Autism?

Julie M Green | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Julie M Green

Is it better to be upfront about your kid's disorder to bemused strangers, or to keep your private business private?

I Won't Let My Daughter With Down Syndrome Be Defined By A 'List'

Deanna Smith | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Deanna Smith

When my daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome, I was given a list. A list of potential features and problems to expect. This list is cold, emotionless and almost comes across as grotesque if you are reading it with fear already in your heart.