special needs

  1. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Waiting on the world to change

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    Several months back, apropos of nothing, my 7-year-old son on the autism spectrum turned to me and said, “Hey, Mom. Your body is a...
  2. Special Needs

    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 syndrome,...
  3. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    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...
  4. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    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...
  5. Special Needs

    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 practices — to...
  6. Mom & Dad

    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...
  7. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    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 envisioning a...
  8. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    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...
  9. Special Needs

    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 with media, the special needs community...
  10. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Parenting and autism: Amy’s story

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    Amy Friedman’s son was diagnosed with autism at 3, but she had already been suspicious of his development long beforehand. The...
  11. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism: There are none so blind as those who will not see

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    Last week, Chabad of Westport, Connecticut and The Friendship Circle of Stamford, Connecticut co-hosted an event to help raise...
  12. Special Needs

    Glee draws ire, applause for "gun in school" episode

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    The episode of Glee titled, “Shooting Star,” pulled off a trifecta of controversy: A gun in school; brought by a student with Down...
  13. Special Needs

    Parents find creative ways to fill children’s needs

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    How many times have you thought wow, I wish someone would invent [fill in the blank]? Meet three parents who fulfilled a need for...
  14. Special Needs

    Don't mistake sensory issues for behavior issues

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    Incessant finger chewing. Alarming head banging. Repetitive kicking. These all sound like elements of a typical toddler temper...
  15. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    How to explain autism to curious children

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    If your child stares, points or asks indiscreetly, “What’s wrong with that kid?” don’t feel ashamed. April is Autism Awareness Month...
  16. Special Needs

    Parenting and autism: Miriam's story

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    With her Aspie son on the verge of puberty, writer Miriam Kamin is shoring up for a host of new challenges. Her down-to-earth,...
  17. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Imagine a world without autism

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    In 1933, King Kong climbed it. In 1939 (and 1957, 1993 and 1999) it served as the centerpiece for on-screen Hollywood movie couples...
  18. Special Needs

    Should students with disabilities have equal access to sports?

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    This year, the U.S. Department of Education issued clarifying guidelines to help schools provide students with disabilities equal...
  19. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Best iPad apps for children with autism

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    Apps for the iPad are making an amazing difference for many children on the autism spectrum. But which apps are best, and how do you...
  20. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism: For me? You shouldn’t have

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    Some years ago — never mind how long precisely… my birthday was something to celebrate. Something over-the-top. Something that...