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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Special Needs

7 Tips for Traveling With a Medically Complex Child

Traveling with a medically complex child is easier with the right medical equipment, accessible accommodations, and good emergency planning.

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Special Needs

7 Surprising Ways Special Needs Families Can Use ChatGPT

Learn about seven unexpected ways special needs families can use the power of ChatGPT for guidance, innovation, and caregiving support.

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Feeding and Eating, Special Needs

Feeding Therapy Approaches for Infants with Special Needs

Many children with special needs have feeding difficulties. Working with a speech therapist, being patient, and experimenting with textures can help.

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Special Needs

How Extended Family Can Support Parents of Special Needs Children

The support of extended family members can mean so much to the parents of special needs children. Take a look at these ideas for ways you can be supportive.

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Behavior, Special Needs

How You Can Assist a Family Through Pediatric Mental Health Crises

Children may experience mental health crises for a variety of reasons. Even without psychiatric training, you can make a difference in a child’s life.

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Education, Special Needs

A Comprehensive Guide to Special Education Assessment and Evaluation

Find out what you need to know about special education assessments and how they can help you and your child access their right to special education.

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Special Needs

7 Mindfulness Techniques for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Discover seven mindfulness techniques for parents of children with disabilities to help find moments of peace amidst the challenges.

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Special Needs, Support

Overcoming Burnout: 6 Tips for Mothers of Special Needs Children

Feeling anxious, low, and tired all the time? Parental burnout is common among special needs parents. Read below for some steps you can take to feel better.

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Play, Special Needs

9 Tips for a Sensory-Friendly Birthday Party

Sensory-friendly birthday parties can be inclusive and fun without being overstimulating. Check out our guide to start planning your child’s next party.

A group of young girls with disabilities and autism is training their hand and finger muscles by drawing and painting with water.

Play, Special Needs

18 Engaging Indoor Activities for Kids with Physical Disabilities

There are many fun indoor activities for kids with disabilities, from interactive storytelling to adaptive yoga routines, disability-friendly board games, and virtual escape rooms.

A handsome boy with ADHD, Autism, Asperger.

Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Special Needs

10 Inclusive Strategies for Managing Holiday Crowds with Autistic Children

Learn how to make holiday outings more comfortable and enjoyable for children with autism.

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Education, Special Needs

What Is an LEA? Local Educational Agencies Explained

Ever heard of an LEA and wondered what they do? Read on to learn everything you need to know about local educational agencies and how they affect your child.

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Support, Visual Impairment

Coping with a Diagnosis: Emotional Support for Families with Visually Impaired Children

Families with emotional support are more resilient. Learn how to establish emotional support with peers, professionals, and the community to help your family thrive.

Special Needs

Green Thumbs Up: Inclusive Spring Gardening for Families with Special Needs Children

Looking for ways to explore nature this spring? Learn how to create sensory-rich, accessible gardening spaces while fostering growth and learning.

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Education, Special Needs

Smoothing the Transition to Special Needs Preschool

Sending your child to special needs preschool for the first time can be daunting, but knowing what to expect can make the experience smoother for you and your child.

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Education, Special Needs

What Is an IFSP? Individualized Family Service Plans Explained

Wondering what an IFSP is and if your child qualifies for one? To find out, read our guide to individualized family service plans and how they work.

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Sensory Activities, Special Needs

Springtime Sensory Play: Outdoor Activities for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

The natural world is the perfect setting for sensory exploration. Children with sensory processing disorders can engage with nature during outdoor sensory play.

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Autism, Behavior

Autism Headphone Decals

Many kids with autism wear noise-canceling headphones to help them deal with loud noises. These decals adhere to the headphones and let others know what they are for!

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Special Needs, Visual Impairment

Why Early Intervention Is Critical for Blind Children

Children diagnosed with visual processing disorders, low vision, or blindness need specialized treatment. Early intervention programs can help.

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Special Needs

Balancing Act: Creating Quality Time for Siblings of Special Needs Children

It’s not easy for a mom or dad to balance the needs of all their children when a sibling has a disability. But when they can manage it, everyone benefits.

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Special Needs

Revitalizing Parental Energy: Coping with Fatigue as a Caregiver

Learn strategies for revitalizing parental energy while coping with caregiver fatigue to continue providing your child the best support.

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Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Special Needs

Accessible Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids Who are Blind

If you’re celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day as a family, you’ll love these accessible Saint Patrick's Day crafts to try with your visually impaired child.

Anophthalmia

Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Anophthalmia: Navigating the Path from Diagnosis to Adaptation for Parents and Their Children

Anophthalmia is a rare disorder that results in childhood blindness. Early intervention services are important to help your baby maximize their potential.

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Special Needs

Weathering the Storm: Preparing Your Special Needs Family for Winter Weather Emergencies

People with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to winter emergencies, so planning ahead is crucial to keep your family safe during a severe weather emergency.