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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SAMi-3 seizure monitor kit.

Giveaways, Product Reviews, Special Needs

SAMi-3 Seizure Monitor Review (& Giveaway!)

The fully customizable SAMi-3 seizure monitor can alert you when your child has a seizure while also minimizing the number of false alarms you receive.

Speech-language pathologist working on child's pronunciation problems.

Special Needs

Your Child’s First SLP Evaluation: What to Expect

Speech-language pathologists will conduct an initial evaluation to determine how a child is using language, understanding language, and interacting with others.

Baby reaching for sensory toys.

Visual Impairment

Developing Multisensory Skills in Blind Babies

Multisensory play, combining sounds and touch, and encouraging reaching and exploration can help your blind baby develop better spacial awareness.

Young girl making bread dough at home kitchen for home schooling.

Special Needs

14 Tactile Input Activities, Toys, & More

Tactile input is important for the healthy development of every child. Try these activities and toys at home to engage your child's tactile system.

NICU baby laying on parent's chest.

Special Needs

5 Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Contact for Babies With Special Needs

Skin-to-skin contact is particularly important for babies with special needs, such as premature babies, babies with disabilities, or babies in the NICU.

Cute kid with disability has musculoskeletal therapy by doing exercises in body fixing belts.

Special Needs

Habilitation vs Rehabilitation: What’s the Difference?

Habilitation and rehabilitation are services that often fall under the same umbrella. Curious to know how they differ? Read on below for more information!

Boy with autism spectrum disorder bite hand and negative expression behavior.

Autism

Managing Repetitive or Stereotyped Behavior in Autism

Struggling with repetitive behaviors in your child with autism? Learn how to understand and manage these behaviors.

Woman changing sheets on a bed.

Potty Training, Product Reviews, Special Needs

Peelaways Disposable Bed Sheets Review

Changing sheets and cleaning up after bedwetting can be a challenge. Peelaway disposable bed sheets are waterproof and make changing sheets easy!

Ivan and mom in the snow.

Special Needs

7 Winter Must-Haves for Kids in Wheelchairs

Winter can be challenging for parents of kids in wheelchairs. Luckily, there are things you can do to keep your child warm and safe in the winter.

Worried autistic boy sitting with crossed legs on mint chair during conversation with psychiatrist.

Autism, Behavior

How to Discipline a Child With Autism

Disciplining a child with autism involves using consistent, gentle discipline techniques and understanding your child’s specific needs and behaviors.

Physical therapist working with little girl in rehabilitation center.

Special Needs

Your Child’s First PT Evaluation: What to Expect

Preparing for your child’s first visit to a physical therapist? Find out what happens in an initial physical therapy evaluation!

Group of kids stretching on colorful fitness mats.

Special Needs

10 Vestibular Input Activities and Toys

The vestibular system helps us to maintain postural control, balance, and coordination. Try these fun vestibular input activities and toys with your child!

A visually impaired baby boy in PT reaches for a toy.

Development, Visual Impairment

Development Charts for Blind and Visually Impaired Babies and Children

Blind children may have delayed development in several key areas. These development charts outline milestones for visually impaired babies.

Caregiver using a lift to place a child in a wheelchair.

Special Needs

What Is Adaptive Equipment… And How To Pay for It

Adaptive equipment and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) can increase your child’s independence and ease the physical burden on caregivers.

blind baby crawling

Crawling, Visual Impairment

When does a blind baby start crawling?

When does a blind baby usually start to crawl? When should I start to be worried that there is another issue besides blindness?

Boy trying to solve math equations in front of blackboard.

Autism, Development

What Is Fluid Reasoning and Why Is It Important?

If a child struggles to learn new ways to do things, it may be a problem with fluid reasoning. Learn about fluid reasoning, its importance, and ways to improve it.

Happy little boy is practicing yoga on his balcony with a panoramic view of the big city.

Special Needs

11 Proprioceptive Input Activities and Toys

While proprioception is commonly addressed in physical and occupational therapy, there are a number of proprioceptive activities you can play with your child at home.

Young boy at physical therapy.

Fine and Gross Motor, Special Needs

What Does a Pediatric Physical Therapist Do?

Learn how to prepare for your child’s first physical therapist appointment so you can feel confident that they are getting the care they need.

Autistic boy having a meltdown and throwing a toy.

Autism, Behavior, Visual Impairment

Managing Difficult Behaviors in Children Who Are Blind and Autistic

Parents of children who are blind and autistic often face unique challenges when it comes to managing behavioral issues. Many traditional behavioral management techniques rely on visual supports, which can...

Young boy looking at a light up toy in a dark room.

Toys, Visual Impairment

10 Cortical Visual Impairment Toys for Kids With CVI

It's important to choose toys that are relatively simple in design, as complex patterns can be overwhelming for children with CVI.

Little girl with special needs making her own breakfast.

Feeding and Eating, Special Needs

Developing Self-Care Skills in Children with Disabilities

Mastering self-care skills can be especially empowering for children with disabilities, helping them to gain independence and confidence.

Little girl with special needs drinking from a straw.

Product Reviews, Special Needs

11 Best Tools for Teaching Self Care to Disabled Kids

For children with disabilities, adaptive tools are essential for learning how to master self-care skills like grooming, hygiene, and self-feeding.

CVI Toddler Vision Eye Training App

iPad Apps and Accessibility, Visual Impairment

CVI Toddler Vision Eye Training App

This free digital visual training tool for computer or mobile devices is designed to help toddlers with CVI practice their visual skills.

Partners for Sight logo

Braille and Literacy, Visual Impairment

Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight

Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight is dedicated to fostering the independence of people who are blind and visually impaired.