Parenting Special Needs Kids
But you do what you have to do for your beautiful child. You endure with grace (usually) the annoying platitudes of friends and family who don’t get it, who can’t get it. And though you fight not to roll your eyes when you hear once again how strong you are to manage all that you manage, you have to admit there is truth there. You ARE, in fact, a rock star. more
What a rollercoaster! Meet the Copp family who have their hands full raising two active wheeling sons. Follow their exciting journey through TV fame with Joanna and Chip Gaines to giving back with their Raising Wheels Foundation.
The enormous impact of aquatic therapy at an early age cannot be emphasized enough. Organizations like Swim Angelfish harness the therapeutic properties of water to improve strength, motor skills and more.
Standing by while your child endures test after test is heart wrenching. One mom decided to infuse some fun and is bringing smiles to the faces of countless kids with epilepsy.
These simple, inexpensive ideas will go a long way in helping our caregivers with their labors of love. And caregivers, remember that friends and family want to help. Let them!
The right balance of encouragement and persuasion depends on your child and these useful insights will help keep him or her on track.
Little Mae has an imagination to be reckoned with and cerebral palsy. This new children's book follows her escapades and is perfect for any child who loves a colorful, exciting story.
Because play is universally important, playgrounds should be universally accessible. On the outskirts of Chicago, the Sandlot is a gateway to fun for families of all abilities.
Step 1: Eat together as a family. Step 2: Involve the kids in the family's nutritious choice. Step 3 and beyond: Keep reading.
This pint-size pooch has become a powerhouse therapy dog, helping kids with disabilities to feel loved and accepted.
Author Brenda Koch tells an empowering tale about Bobby, a little boy with disabilities who teaches his friends that they are not so different. When we introduce young children to the importance of disability inclusion, we lay the foundation for a more accepting world.
Learn how families can help optimize the quality of life after their loved one has been diagnosed with Autism.
Dogs offer companionship and unconditional love which can drastically impact the way people on the spectrum engage with the world.
Service dogs drastically increase the independence of their human partners...that's a given. So, can they do their jobs at school, too? Learn what requirements must be met for your dog to go to class.
Managing anxiety is a tall order for your little one. These insightful cues can help you transform your home into a safe haven.
You are wrapping your brain around your beautiful baby's new diagnosis and embarking on a new journey. Review these helpful tips to help smooth the road ahead.
Your growing child wants more independence in their personal health regimen. Cure Medical offers catheters that aren't made with scary chemicals, plus they have kid-friendly materials to teach kids the process.
Fixer Upper fans will remember the Copp family whose home was impressively transformed into an accessible palace for their two wheeling boys. Now family is giving back through their Raising Wheels Foundation.
A kid's bedroom should be their sanctuary. If your child has autism, follow this advice to ensure that you create a safe space that also meets his or her physical and psychological needs.
Ensuring that your child with learning disabilities can flourish scholastically may be a tall order but, that armed with this helpful advice, it's one you can tackle!
Inclusivity for special education students in today's classrooms is on the rise. Learn who these students are and how we can best support them.
Her parents marveled at the strides this child made after two weeks of intensive physical therapy.
When your child's view of the world is distorted by his or her chronic anxiety, you feel powerless. Now there's help.
Now that kids today have far less unrestricted play, they present with more anxiety, processing disorders, ADD and cognitive disabilities.
Two leading companies have joined forces to form a new champion for special needs kids and help them do what they do best—play.
Applying for Social Security disability benefits for your loved ones doesn't have to be a bureaucratic nightmare. Read on to help cut through the red tape.
Devoted dad rages against the apathy and insensitivity that would rob his daughter’s privacy, hoping against hope that his vehemence will be a deterrent to would-be offenders.
Kids are making tremendous strides towards independence and better health when their physical therapy program is taken up a notch.
Worldwide, umbilical cord blood stem cells are involved in nearly half of pediatric treatments. Ever consider banking your child’s cord blood?
The transition from feeding tube to self-sufficient eating is as critical as it is challenging for a child. The NoTube Eating School can aid in this essential adjustment.
The efforts of the Rossiter family to help their daughter have snowballed into a national effort to other families with special needs.
Even the most attentive, loving caregiver can buckle under pressure. Watch out for these clues that person attending to you may need some attention of their own.
Because Kellisa Kain makes more communication progress in the great outdoors than in months of therapy, her dad makes even remote areas of the U.S. their playground. But brace yourself for this hair-raising account of their adventures in Bear Country.
Devoted father Chris Kain advises other parents of children with special needs NOT to be accommodating with those providing accommodations.
The secrets to getting free money to fund your child's assistive technology needs are out!
I sensed someone watching me as I comforted my daughter after a particularly traumatizing dentist appointment at the Children’s Hospital.
The creation of medical homes for children with special needs is an attempt to put the care back in healthcare.
As we stood in the street comparing our experiences, all completely different, one neighbor of an Autistic boy told me that she was working towards helping her son find friends.
There may not be anyone else with the same constellation of symptoms as your child but there are people with similar challenges.
Everyone needs some rest in their lives. In this day and age, we are all running around day to day filling every minute of every hour.
In 1994 Karen Kain gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Lorrin.
Neurofeedback has been known as a non-invasive treatment with successful results for problems related to ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum and addictions.
You handle more before noon than most handle in a week. Though you celebrate different moments in your child’s life that you expected to, the joys in those moments overwhelm you. And, while yours is a path less travelled, it IS travelled. Never hesitate to reach out to other parents to learn from their experiences with their own special needs kids.
Resources like Abilities Expo also have a tremendous amount of product information to help you open up the possibilities for your little one. In addition to that, the kid-focused activities—adaptive sports, art, dancing, assistive animals—reinforce that there are programs and services that are out there that offer options, some of which may be just what your child needs.
We hope that the following insights from professionals and other parents will also help you in your journey.