Parenting Special Needs Kids

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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

Go-to Homebound Therapy Tips for Your Medically Complex Child

March 23, 2020

The kids have been home for weeks and parents nationwide are scrambling to keep them entertained and e-learned. But for special needs moms and dads, there is the added challenge of continuing their support therapies. These tips can help!

Unleash Your Inner Superhero

February 10, 2020

Never underestimate the power of a cape. Tiny Superheroes gets it, and they ensure that thousands of kid with disabilities or illnesses around the world can don their own capes and feel powerful as they face their challenges.

Wild Ride from Abilities Expo to ‘Fixer Upper’ to Paying it Forward

December 12, 2019

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 Secret to My Success: Swimming Like an Angelfish

November 30, 2019

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.

Children with Epilepsy Discover the Fun of NillyNoggin EEG Caps

October 21, 2019

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.

7 Products Every Caregiver Should Try

August 22, 2019

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!

How to Motivate Kids with Disabilities

June 13, 2019

The right balance of encouragement and persuasion depends on your child and these useful insights will help keep him or her on track.

'Simply Mae' is About the Kid, Not the Disability

May 27, 2019

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.

Accessible Playground Leaves No Child on the Sidelines

May 24, 2019

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.

Make Nutrition Fun for the Whole Family

May 22, 2019

Step 1: Eat together as a family. Step 2: Involve the kids in the family's nutritious choice. Step 3 and beyond: Keep reading.

For Harold the Wheeling Dog, It's All Attitude

May 20, 2019

This pint-size pooch has become a powerhouse therapy dog, helping kids with disabilities to feel loved and accepted.

Let's Read Teaches Kids to Champion Disability Inclusion

February 22, 2019

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.

Post-Diagnosis of Autism: An Era of Engagement

February 1, 2019

Learn how families can help optimize the quality of life after their loved one has been diagnosed with Autism.

Top 10 Ways Dogs Are Perfect for People with Autism

March 6, 2019

Dogs offer companionship and unconditional love which can drastically impact the way people on the spectrum engage with the world.

Dogs in School?!? What does ADA Say?

January 16, 2019

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.

Make Your Home Stress-Free for Kids with Anxiety

January 3, 2019

Managing anxiety is a tall order for your little one. These insightful cues can help you transform your home into a safe haven.

Preparing Your Life for a Special Needs Child

December 11, 2018

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.

Teaching Your Child to Self-Cath with Pediatric Education Resources

October 22, 2018

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.

Accessible Dreams Do Come True!

October 9, 2018

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.

3 Tips for Creating a Bedroom for Children on the Autism Spectrum

October 4, 2018

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.

Essential Educational Tips for Parents Raising Special Needs Kids

September 14, 2018

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!

Special Education by the Numbers

June 14, 2018

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.

Teen with Cerebral Palsy Walks through Intensive PT

September 6, 2017

Her parents marveled at the strides this child made after two weeks of intensive physical therapy.

How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Heals Children

April 11, 2017

Now that kids today have far less unrestricted play, they present with more anxiety, processing disorders, ADD and cognitive disabilities.

Inspired by Drive is Inspired by You

March 22, 2017

Two leading companies have joined forces to form a new champion for special needs kids and help them do what they do best—play.

How a Caregiver Can Apply for SSI on Behalf of a Child

December 22, 2016

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.

Enraged Father Sounds Off, but Was he Heard?

September 12, 2016

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.

An Inside Look at Intensive Pediatric PT with its U.S. Pioneer Euro-Peds

June 22, 2016

Kids are making tremendous strides towards independence and better health when their physical therapy program is taken up a notch.

Don’t Just Cut the Cord, Save It

January 10, 2016

Worldwide, umbilical cord blood stem cells are involved in nearly half of pediatric treatments. Ever consider banking your child’s cord blood?

How Can You Help Your Tube Fed Child Learn to Eat?

November 5, 2015

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 Rossiters Keep Rolling with the Wind

April 31, 2015

The efforts of the Rossiter family to help their daughter have snowballed into a national effort to other families with special needs.

5 Signs of Stress in Your Caregiver

April 29, 2015

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.

Things that Go Growling in the Night

April 7, 2015

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.

No, I'll Take the Room I Reserved, Thank You

February 27, 2015

Devoted father Chris Kain advises other parents of children with special needs NOT to be accommodating with those providing accommodations.

Crucial Tips to Get Free Funding

November 24, 2014

The secrets to getting free money to fund your child's assistive technology needs are out!

What I Would Tell You

Updated September 18, 2014

I sensed someone watching me as I comforted my daughter after a particularly traumatizing dentist appointment at the Children’s Hospital.

Home, Sweet Medical Home

October 30, 2014

The creation of medical homes for children with special needs is an attempt to put the care back in healthcare.

Is Your Unique Child Ready for Friendships?

Updated September 18, 2014

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.

20 Things Every Parent of Kids with Special Needs Should Hear

Updated September 18, 2014

There may not be anyone else with the same constellation of symptoms as your child but there are people with similar challenges.

Respite is Essential for Everyone!

Updated September 18, 2014

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.

When You Are the Parent of a Child Living a Unique Life

Updated September 18, 2014

In 1994 Karen Kain gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Lorrin.

Neurofeedback: The Happiness "Pill"

Updated September 18, 2014

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.