special needs

  1. Tips & Advice

    Autism takes a vacation

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    This week marks the last week of first grade and kindergarten for my son and daughter, respectively.
  2. Tips & Advice

    Please invite my child with disabilities to your child’s party

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    Merriam-Webster says inclusion is the act or practice of including students with disabilities in regular school classes. In fact, we...
  3. Tips & Advice

    Autism: Walk this way

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    Despite my pleas and arguments to the contrary, my children — especially my 6-year-old daughter —inform me that nothing...
  4. Family Fun

    6 Great camps for kids with special needs

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    Discover six summer camps that serve kids with special needs and chronic medical conditions. We take a look at inspiring camps that...
  5. Tips & Advice

    Autism: A world of fun and games

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    When all the other girls in Elayne Lite’s second grade class amused themselves with dolls, jump rope, and Jacob’s Ladder...
  6. Tips & Advice

    Autism and the write idea

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    Last week, an envelope marked Autism Speaks arrived in the mail, which was a welcome relief from all the clothing and shoe bills...
  7. Tips & Advice

    Divorce: Does "Down syndrome advantage" exist?

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    Can a child's extra chromosome exponentially strengthen a marriage? Research points to a lower divorce rate compared with parents of...
  8. Pregnancy

    How the medical community fails when delivering a Down syndrome diagnosis

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    Your ears burn. Your eyes water. You cannot believe you just heard an experienced medical professional utter such an insensitive,...
  9. Tips & Advice

    Moms react to alleged abuse of disability access at Disney World

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    This week, the New York Post published a story about “rich Manhattan moms” allegedly hiring disabled tour guides in...
  10. Tips & Advice

    Saturday in the park with autism

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    When Birth to Three (early intervention services) first came to our home to assess my son at 18 months old, they asked my husband...
  11. Tips & Advice

    Operation House Call teaches compassion for special needs

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    The Arc of Massachusetts began a program to teach medical students about intellectual and developmental disabilities more than 20...
  12. Tips & Advice

    Waiting on the world to change

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    This adorable 7-year-old boy on the autism spectrum has accomplished a lot in the last year — and he's not done yet. Ethan...
  13. Tips & Advice

    More ad campaigns feature children with Down syndrome

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    Have you ever noticed that you’re more keenly aware of a topic when it becomes personal? Parents of children with Down...
  14. Tips & Advice

    Parenting and autism: Angela’s story

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    Angela Hanratty of Staten Island, New York, juggles her accountant job with raising her two kids with autism. Motherhood has brought...
  15. Tips & Advice

    My Phil of autism

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    At least once in a lifetime, everyone should be blessed enough to experience a child in a state of pure and unadulterated bliss. My...
  16. Tips & Advice

    Dos and don’ts of planning the future of a child with special needs

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    Preparing for your child’s future can be overwhelming. A financial expert shares the most common mistakes — and best...
  17. Tips & Advice

    Mom story: My son has Tourette syndrome

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    Lisa Bachman’s 15-year-old son, Justin, has Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes his body to make strange...
  18. Tips & Advice

    Parenting and autism: Jessica’s story

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    Twelve years ago, Jessica Watson’s daughter was diagnosed with autism. Watson drove home from the doctor’s office...
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    Autism and those who will not see

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    In last week’s column we were introduced to Richard Bernstein, a blind-since-birth attorney and force of nature who raises...
  20. Tips & Advice

    Why do smart doctors use ignorant speech?

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    When a professional athlete tossed out the R word in an emotional post-event interview, the special needs community reacted swiftly...