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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IEPs, Special Needs

What Is an Out-of-District Placement, and Who Needs One?

Learn all about out-of-district placement, which is ideal for a child whose individual needs are not met by their current school district.

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IEPs, Special Needs

5 Ways AI Can Benefit Special Needs Students

AI in special education classrooms can help create highly personalized experiences and improve inclusivity. Read about more benefits here!

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Special Needs

Financial Planning for Families With Special Needs Children

With special needs financial planning, you can secure necessary resources for your child now while ensuring they will be cared for in the future.

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Autism, Sensory Activities, Toys

5 Best Sensory Seeker Toys

Check out our guide to the best sensory seeker toys for kids who like to rock, spin, chew, and fidget. It’s not just about fidget spinners!

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Special Needs

Mother’s Day Self-Care: Recognizing and Addressing Maternal Mental Health Needs

It may feel impossible to practice mom self-care, but these simple strategies can help you to prioritize yourself at the top of your to-do list.

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Autism, Behavior

7 Ways To Stop Your Child’s Perseveration

You can support your child’s perseveration with practical strategies, support, and a better understanding of their behavior.

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Special Needs

10 Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage While Raising Special Needs Kids

Even the strongest relationships can feel strained when parenting a special needs child. Learn how to strengthen your bond with your best friend—your spouse.

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Special Needs

5 Reasons Why Special Needs Parents Are More Likely to Divorce

Parents of special needs children face unique challenges and stressors. Why do these factors make them more likely to divorce?

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IEPs, Special Needs

Can AI Write My Student’s Next IEP?

While there are pros and cons, educators can use AI to help write a child’s IEP, streamlining the process.

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Special Needs

What Does “Sensory-Friendly” Mean?

Sensory-friendly environments help children with sensitivities to sounds, smells, textures, movement, and other types of sensory inputs.

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Behavior, Special Needs

7 Strategies to Address Elopement in Special Needs Children

From structured routines to environmental modifications, learn how to create a supportive framework to enhance the safety and well-being of children who elope.

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What Is a Visual Schedule and How Do I Make One?

Thought about making a visual schedule but aren’t sure where to start? We’ve put together a guide to help you make the best visual schedule for your child.

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Special Needs

Finding Peace in Your Choices: Embracing Decision-Making as a Parent of a Medically Complex Child

The strain of making choices for a medically complex child is real. Learn how to build confidence in your decision-making abilities by embracing your role.

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Play, Special Needs

6 Tips To Help Your Special Needs Child Make Friends

Is your child struggling to make friends? Discover these six practical tips to assist your special needs child foster meaningful friendships.

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Autism, Music Play

6 Ways Music Therapy Can Support Children With Autism

By harnessing the power of music, autistic children can develop communication, social, emotional, cognitive, and motor skills. Here’s how!

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Special Needs

7 Tips for Grandparenting a Child With Special Needs

Read on for tips on how to strengthen the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren with disabilities and how to support your special needs family.

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Play, Special Needs

Inclusive Playgrounds: How To Create Play Spaces for Children of All Abilities

Inclusive playgrounds should involve the community in planning and be designed with accessibility, inclusive social play, and safety in mind.

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Education, Special Needs

How To Build a Relationship With Your Child’s Special Ed Teacher

Unsure how to build a genuine connection with your child’s special ed teacher? Understanding their role and how to support them will help!

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Play, Special Needs

5 Unique Play Date Ideas for Toddlers

Playdate coming up? We’ve got some simple, inexpensive, and easy-to-set-up ideas for your toddler and their friends next time that play time is at your house.

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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.