special needs kids

  1. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Which exit for autism?

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    Despite all the research and data, endless debate continues about why New Jersey has a high rate of autism diagnosis. Is there...
  2. Special Needs

    What parents want you to know about kids with Asperger’s

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    Many kids with a high-functioning form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome are mainstreamed in regular classrooms at school. Learn...
  3. Special Needs

    Helping children with sensory challenges enjoy the holiday season

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    While the holiday season is supposed to be joyous, family gatherings and holiday decorations can actually be quite stressful for...
  4. Kids with Special Needs

    Autism and television: The big turn on

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    In 1951 reel life, I Love Lucy filmed its pilot episode. In real life, Lucille Ball was pregnant (and showing) with her husband...
  5. Special Needs

    Holiday tips from parents of children with autism

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    Whether you have a special needs child or you're simply looking for ways to streamline the holidays for your family, these tips will...
  6. Parenting Advice & Columns

    Mom story: My daughter has cerebral palsy

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    Lisa Viele, 39, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, talks about juggling life with three kids — one with cerebral palsy — and making...
  7. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism in a weary world

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    Portia, in Act 5, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” utters, “How far that little candle throws his beams!/So...
  8. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    The Genius of Autism 2012

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    The performers of the second annual "Genius of Autism" showcased the innate genius of singers, dancers, musicians, painters and...
  9. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    The passion of autism

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    What is passion, exactly? There’s Glenn Close and Fatal Attraction...
  10. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism and average and schnooks, oh, my!

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    Ray Liotta as Henry Hill in the 1990 movie Goodfellas utters this famous line about life in Witness Protection: "I'm an average...
  11. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism and the fairytale

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    Once upon a time, in a land not so far away called New York City, there lived a not-so-young girl who dreamed of becoming a...
  12. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism: That’s what friends are for

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    In my youth, Wednesdays and Sundays too-numerous-to-count were spent with family in a Broadway matinee. My father and mother, a...
  13. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism, adjectives and labels: Words to live by

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    The first sentence of Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick begins, “Call me Ishmael.” Ishmael may or may not be the narrator’s real...
  14. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism and me: 'Til death do us part

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    When you are parenting a special needs child, you can't help but wonder how his life will be once you are gone.
  15. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism and back to school: Another brick in the wall

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    As the parent of an atypical son, few things are more stressful than the first day of school. There’s the yelling… the screaming…...
  16. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism: A sister’s vision

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    My vision is 20/200. Legally blind. Sometimes, it takes a little help from a 5-year-old — both literally and figuratively — to gain...
  17. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Can’t we all just get along?

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    We, the parents of special needs children — specifically those on the autism spectrum — should get along. Unity, it would seem, is...
  18. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism: The gift that keeps on giving

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    When it comes to children who have autism, sometimes you just need to take a closer look and gain some perspective. Then, you'll...
  19. Special Needs

    Parenting a disabled child: Siblings growing older

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    My sister was born with severe cerebral palsy. I've known for many years that when the time comes for our parents to no longer be...
  20. Parenting How-to

    How to get an IEP for your child

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    If your child has a disability, you can request an IEP -- a document that outlines the special education services he or she will...