special needs

  1. Parenting Advice & Columns

    Mom Story: My daughter has Williams syndrome

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    Lisa Ridgley, a 36-year-old loan processor in Frederick, Maryland, treats her two daughters, Emma, 8 1/2 years old, and Tatum, 6,...
  2. Child Development & Health

    Help your child understand emotions

    Most children go from zero to temper tantrum without pausing to express feelings in a rational way. While there’s no fool proof way...
  3. Parenting

    How Toni Braxton is fighting son's autism

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    Grammy Award winning singer Toni Braxton has teamed up with SheKnows to bring awareness and raise money for a cause that is close to...
  4. Special Needs

    Four must-have Sensory Processing Disorder books

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    With the help of experts like occupational therapists and pediatric neurologists, parents and caregivers can begin to understand the...
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    Learn to recognize Sensory Processing Disorder symptoms

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    Sensory Processing Disorder can cause a huge variety of symptoms in children. Those symptoms vary in severity. So how do you know...
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    Safety tips for kids with autism

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    Kids with autism present specific challenges when it comes to safety. Discover tips for working with caregivers, teachers and...
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    How to talk to your pediatrician about Sensory Processing Disorder

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    Trust your instincts. If you’ve noticed your child displaying symptoms and behaviors associated with Sensory Processing Disorder,...
  8. Kids with Special Needs

    Mentally disabled child denied kidney transplant

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    The internet quickly went up in arms upon reading a blog post from the mother of a little girl who has been denied a kidney...
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    10 Blogs for special needs parents

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    Connecting with other parents is a great way to feel less alone and more connected. And if you’re the parent of a child with special...
  10. Activities for Kids

    Camps for special needs and special interests

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    Summer camp is an experience that can change your child forever. From camps with religious focus to camps for special needs...
  11. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    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...
  12. Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Keeping your autistic child safe: Practical tips for parents

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    For most people, home is their castle. As a parent of a child with autism, your home more often becomes your fortress . And...
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    Choosing a caregiver for your special needs child

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    Choosing a babysitter is a tricky task for any parent. When your child has special needs, however, the issues become even more...
  14. Child Development & Health

    5 Ways to build fine motor skills in kids

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    What's better than playing with your child? Having fun and helping him at the same time -- especially when all he sees is the fun....
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    Answering questions about your special needs child

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    You're out at the park for a bit of fresh air. The sun is shining, there's a slight breeze in the air, and you're half expecting to...
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    Create an organized medical file for your special needs child

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    The amount of paperwork generated by kids with special needs is astonishing. It's important to keep that paperwork organized, even...
  17. Special Needs

    5 Ways to prepare for child's IEP meeting

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    Navigating the world of special education can feel overwhelming. When you receive notice of your child's upcoming IEP...
  18. Special Needs

    What parents of special needs kids wish you knew

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    My son has special needs. He has a rare overgrowth syndrome and is developmentally disabled. And when you know that, you might think...
  19. Children's Health

    Caring support for the "well" child

    Having a "special needs" child can be physically, emotionally and financially difficult for parents. But what about the other...