special needs kids

  1. Tips & Advice

    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. It's then that...
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    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...
  3. Parenting How-Tos

    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...
  4. Parenting

    Autism diagnosis: Are more kids said to be autistic just because interpretations have changed?

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    Is something as simple as a different diagnosis for the same symptoms behind the meteoric rise in cases of autism recently? Find out...
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    The basics of autism: An overview

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    We're all trying to understand autism: what it is, what causes it, how to diagnose it, how to treat it. But autism is very complex...
  6. Parenting

    The Autism/Vaccine (Dis)Connection

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    A new study denies any link between the MMR vaccine and autism. But parents who have heard anecdotal evidence to the contrary are...
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    10 Things you should know about autism

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    Parents of children with autism deal with so much -- from fighting for their child’s rights to judgment from other parents. Here’s...
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    Signs of autism and everyday life with an autistic child

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    Is autism a part of your life? What are the signs of autism? Find advice, tips, research results and information about an autistic...
  9. Tips & Advice

    How routines help special needs kids thrive

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    Have you resigned yourself to chaotic mornings, afternoon tantrums, and evening meltdowns? Do you plan your life knowing you're...
  10. Tips & Advice

    Autism signs & symptoms, qualities & quirks

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    Could your child be autistic? Unfortunately, it can be really tough to tell. There is no simple way to diagnose autism -- it is...
  11. Tips & Advice

    Autism therapies: What educational and medical interventions are available?

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    The first question any parent will ask after hearing their child has been diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder is, "What can...
  12. Tips & Advice

    Taking your autistic child to a restaurant: Tips on dining out for families living with autism

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    Do you avoid eating out because you have a child with autism, and it's just too stressful to take him to a restaurant? We have some...
  13. Tips & Advice

    6 ways to advocate for your special needs child

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    Advocating for your special needs child is one of your most important jobs. It can feel overwhelming and intimidating, but if you...
  14. Tips & Advice

    Tips for talking to family about your child's autism diagnosis

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    You've just learned your child has autism. On top of dealing with your own feelings of shock -- or even relief that you finally have...
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    The upside of autism: Joyful reflections from parents of autistic children

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    There are countless stories and movies about the challenges and difficulties of raising a child with autism -- dreams are dashed,...
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    What autism does to a mother

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    Nicole Kalkowski knows that beyond the stress, fear, and family turmoil that come with learning that your child has this devastating...
  17. Tips & Advice

    The autism diagnosis and family stress

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    When children are diagnosed with autism, families often find themselves dealing with financial and social challenges as well. The...
  18. K-12

    Are headbanging toddlers at risk for autism or other disorders?

    Why is your child -- who seems perfectly normal -- all of the sudden banging his head on the wall every time he gets mad? (And no,...
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    Special diets for special kids: Autism and casein- & gluten-free diets

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    Beky Garrett never suspected milk was the culprit negatively influencing her daughter's potty-training. Garrett has two children, a...
  20. Tips & Advice

    Promote autism awareness with these goodies, gifts & garb

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    Whether you want to proudly proclaim that you "love someone with autism" or want to make a more subtle statement, there are a...