Special Needs

Find support for parents of children with special needs. Learn how to advocate for your child, raise funds for needed equipment and find helpful organizations.

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Development, Special Needs

Understanding Cognitive Developmental Delay in Children

Cognitive developmental delays occur when a child’s thinking and reasoning are significantly below the expected average. Learn the signs and best ways to help.

The Impossible Dream sail boat.

Special Needs

Impossible Dream Accessible Sailing

The Impossible Dream, a universally accessible catamaran, travels the world creating access to the water for thousands of people with disabilities.

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Braille and Literacy, Special Needs

How to Teach a Child With Dyslexia

Dyslexia can be challenging for kids and parents, but there are ways to teach a child with dyslexia to help them achieve their literacy - and life - goals.

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Support

3 Things All Special Needs Moms Need To Do Now To Maintain Their Sanity

It’s natural for special needs parents to go above and beyond for their children, but we need to remember that it's important to take a break as well.

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Special Needs, Support

10 Tips for Grandparents of Visually Impaired Children

What can you do when your grandchild is born with a disability? Here are tips to help you relate to your family and give them the support they need.

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Special Needs

Understanding Low Muscle Tone in Children

Hypotonia, or low muscle tone, is a condition in which a child’s muscles appear floppy, weak, or less stiff than expected for a child.

Ivan sleeping in his Safe Place Bedding Travel Bed.

Sleep, Special Needs

Safe Place Bedding Travel Bed Review

Traveling with a special needs child can be stressful! Having a safe, durable, and easy to use travel bed can make traveling so much easier!

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Support

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI)

The Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) is dedicated to providing information and tips to help you live well with vision loss.

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Special Needs

How to Help Special Needs Kids Cope with Social Anxiety

Searching for coping tools for social anxiety in children? You can use several effective strategies to help your special needs child cope with anxiety. Let us help!

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Special Needs

6 Hard Truths I’ve Learned Being a Special Needs Mom

Parenting a special needs child can be exhausting, both physically and emotionally, but it will also be the most rewarding thing you'll ever do.

Little boy using a bowl as a drum.

Play, Special Needs

The 8 Best Indoor Activities for Blind Kids

Finding fun activities for your visually impaired child can be a challenge, especially when you are stuck inside all day!

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Sensory Activities, Special Needs

Creating a Sensory Garden for Your Special Needs Child

Anyone can benefit from the sensory experiences in a garden, but sensory gardens are particularly ideal for children with special needs.

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Special Needs, Support

COVID Taught the World About Grief and Isolation; Special Needs Families Already Learned These Lessons

Maybe the world now recovering from the COVID pandemic can learn something from parents of disabled children who have already developed coping skills.

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Sensory Activities, Special Needs

The 8 Best Sensory Swings for Kids with Special Needs

Sensory swings can create a relaxing space for any child, but they are particularly useful for children with special needs.

Support

Aware Bears Support Kids with Disabilities

Find out about Aware Bears and Never-Ending Stories. They aim to change the perception of what people with disabilities are capable of.

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IEPs, Special Needs

CVI Now Creates IEP Guide for Parents of Kids with CVI

Navigating the IEP can be stressful. Learn about the IEP process, what to expect, and how to develop CVI-specific goals and evaluations.

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Health & Nutrition, Special Needs

Managing Medications: 7 Tips for Parents of Medically Complex Kids

When you have a child with complex medical issues chances are they are taking multiple medications. Learn how to make managing meds easier.

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Special Needs

Childproofing Your Home for Your Blind Child

Blind kids are very good at mapping their environment and can learn to get around their home safely, but there are things you can do to make that easier.

little girl sleeping in bed

Sleep, Special Needs

Top 10 Special Needs Beds (and How to Pay for Them)

We list the top special needs beds and their features so you can find the bed that best meets your requirements.

girl sleeping in her Safety Sleeper

Sleep, Special Needs

The Safety Sleeper: A Versatile and Safe Special Needs Bed Solution

The Safety Sleeper is a customizable, fully enclosed special needs bed that is appropriate for both home and travel use.

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Support

Lighthouse Guild’s National Tele-Support Network

Whether you are a parent of a child with visual impairment, a high school student, young adult, or an adult navigating vision loss, there is a tele-support group for you!

Center for the Visually Impaired

Schools for the Blind

Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI)

The Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) is a comprehensive, fully-accredited nonprofit facility in Atlanta, Ga. that provides services, support and training to people of all ages who are blind...

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Parenting, Special Needs

Is Your Caregiver Journey a Challenge or an Opportunity?

Rare is the person who won’t eventually be a caregiver. For me, my caregiving role arose when my mom lost her sight. That role lasted more than twenty years. It...

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Education, Special Needs

Returning to School 2021-2022: Concerns for Parents of Children with Special Needs and Medical Complexities

Virtual vs hybrid vs in-person learning? How to make the best back-to-school decisions for your special needs child.