special needs

  1. Tips & Advice

    10-Year-old's lemonade stand raises funds for kids with special needs

    Imagine living in a world where you can see, hear, touch and feel, but you cannot speak. Your behavior must become your...
  2. Tips & Advice

    Parents arrested for keeping their son in a dog kennel

    A California couple is in custody after authorities discovered they allegedly kept their 11-year-old son with autism in a large dog...
  3. Parenting

    The most touching daddy-daughter dance you'll ever see

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    McKenzie Michelle Carey has been performing in pageants for most of her young life, despite the inability to speak or use her legs....
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    Teen with rare genetic disorder competes in Special Olympics

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    Looking for some inspiration? Perhaps a little perspective? Go no further than Whitney Lackey, a 17-year-old Special Olympics...
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    Helping children cope when a sibling has special needs

    When one of your children has special needs, giving his or her siblings extra love and understanding helps maintain a happy home.
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    Why we adopted children with special needs

    One couple's journey from infertility to adopting six kids the foster care system said would never find a family.
  7. School & Education

    Is your preemie ready for preschool?

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    Enrolling your child in preschool is a big decision for parents. Depending on how close your child's birthday is to the cut-off...
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    Down syndrome: Why I don't want my child to hug everyone

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    I'll never forget the first time I thought, "My child will *never* do that." I was at our first Buddy Walk, which raises awareness...
  9. K-12

    Why are toddlers being medicated for ADHD?

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    ADHD typically cannot be diagnosed until a child reaches around age 7. So why are toddlers being medicated for ADHD-like behavior?
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    How we're failing children with special needs

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    The stories are heinous in different ways and the common denominator is heartbreaking — a mother of a teenage boy with autism kills...
  11. Tips & Advice

    My son lived for 10 days, and changed my life

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    Lisa Simonsen is tough. At 42, unmarried but wanting to be a mom, she went through IVF to conceive her son, Carter. Months into her...
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    Chili's cancels autism fundraiser after controversy

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    Apparently, Chili's new tagline is, "When we can't stand the heat, we get out of the kitchen."
  13. Tips & Advice

    My sibling with disabilities embarrasses me

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    Children growing up with a sibling who has a disability may experience moments of embarrassment that are both natural and not...
  14. Tips & Advice

    Has Facebook changed parenting?

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    As Facebook celebrates 10 years of likes and pokes, parents reflect on the pros and cons of parenting in the age of tagging,...
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    New DSM-5 guidelines for autism diagnosis

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    New autism diagnosis criteria — based on the latest psychiatric handbook - DSM-5 — may leave fewer children qualifying...
  16. K-12

    Bad handwriting or sensory issues?

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    By second grade, handwriting can mean the difference between success in school and serious problems. Discover some common issues...
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    Fun projects that boost social skills

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    Children with social-skills deficits often struggle with identifying and conveying feelings. Here are some fun art projects that...
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    Art therapy to treat ADHD in children

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    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that approximately 9.5 percent of children in the United States have been diagnosed...
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    Special needs evaluations: Praying your child doesn't perform

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    If your child has a disability, you will spend hours with strangers who seem intent on pointing out your child's flaws. It's OK. I...
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    Alternative therapies for kids with Down syndrome

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    Pediasure, Nutrivene, Juice Plus, green tea extract… manufacturers and parents tout dramatic differences when these...