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Special Needs Children

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 10.16.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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 09.26.2014 | 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 09.29.2014 | 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.

Good Neighbors Around the World: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in a social change leader, every single day of the year? Since January 1, 2013, through the Pollinatio...

Finding the Magic From My Soapbox

Audrey Hayworth | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Audrey Hayworth

If you don't know the parent you are judging, just stop. And if you do know them, proceed with kindness.

I've Been Holding My Daughter Back For My Son's Sake. Not Anymore.

Jamie Krug | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

Saying "yes" to her, often means saying "no" to him -- or forcing him to watch from the sidelines. Saying "no" to both seems easier -- more fair -- though I am now seeing that it is the former rather than the latter.

My Response To A Mean Old Woman

Debra Jenkins | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Debra Jenkins

It's my responsibility to keep my mind and heart open to our ever-changing world if I want to remain an active participant in it. I refuse to allow myself to become as closed-minded as you, Old Woman. I will keep up and join in... or I will get out of the way.

Stepping Outside of My Place of Fear

Meg Harris | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Meg Harris

When I left the camp for the last time, I cried even harder, but the tears were of joy, relief and a profound sense of gratitude to the camp, the counselors and her aid for giving Eliza the opportunity to grow and learn and to have this very "typical" summer experience.