special needs

  1. Tips & Advice

    6 Exercises to help kids with Down syndrome learn to walk

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    Children with Down syndrome (Ds) often have a much harder time learning to walk, primarily because of their characteristic low...
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    Dolls with Down syndrome characteristics spur questions

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    For centuries, children have played with dolls that continue to take on more detailed, sophisticated appearances. But do “Down...
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    Autism: Breaking up is hard to do

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    Though all marriages can be trying and stressful — whether you are the parent of a child with special needs or not — it...
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    Autism and the special, special education

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    The burials began Monday, Dec. 17, just three days after evil rained down upon Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut. On...
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    Online resources for children with special needs

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    Parents and therapists share their favorite online resources for finding the best tools and toys to help build skills in children...
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    NIH announces registry for individuals with Down syndrome

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    The Down syndrome community is celebrating the recent announcement that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a...
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    Autism: What I really want to do is direct

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    If you were one of the 10,000 people who read last week’s column — and by 10,000 people, I mean my husband, my mom and my dad —...
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    Birth announcements for children with special needs

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    Families share how they approached the idea of including a personal note in their extra-special birth announcements after welcoming...
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    Choosing special gifts for children with special needs

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    With resources at your fingertips, it's easier than ever to find the perfect gift for a child with special needs. This year, wow...
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    Gift ideas for kids with Sensory Processing Disorder

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    Wondering what to buy for a child with Sensory Processing Disorder? Don’t stress out. Kids with sensory issues love toys that...
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    How to talk to your child’s peers about Down syndrome

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    Parents of children with Down syndrome share advice on the pros and cons of addressing disabilities with classmates in an ongoing...
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    Create a sensory tool kit

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    When it comes to kids with Sensory Processing Disorder and meltdowns, prevention goes a long way. Learn how to put together a bag of...
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    Moms of kids with special needs weigh work vs. staying home

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    If you’re a working parent or a stay-at-home parent who has a child with special needs, you experience untold challenges in...
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    Don't let special needs diminish Halloween fun

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    This Halloween, it will be easy to huff and puff about a child who just shoved her fist into your candy bowl and walked away without...
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    An open letter to Ann Coulter

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    Monday evening, Ann Coulter shocked the world of social media by using hurtful and demeaning language during her Twitter commentary...
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    How to make sure your child doesn't become Ann Coulter

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    Ella Thompson is a 7-year-old with Down syndrome. Her mom, Jenny, is working to build Ella's self-confidence so if she's ever...
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    October is Down syndrome Awareness Month!

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    October is Down syndrome Awareness Month, and here’s a homegrown written-by-mommies list of Down syndrome myths and facts. You might...
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    Family takes on airline after alleged discrimination

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    Charging discrimination, the Vanderhorst family is pursuing legal action after American Airlines refused to allow their 16-year-old...
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    Dad to Ann Coulter: Apologize!

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    What grows faster than a parent's instinct to protect his son? The social media buzz that follows when he demands an apology from...
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    How to talk with your child's therapist

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    A team of professionals may be just what your child needs, but is your behavior adding an extra challenge to progress? From...