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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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, Special Needs

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.

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Braille and Literacy, Support

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.

Boy turning on light.

Special Needs

Understanding Visual Stimming in Children with Autism

Children with autism may employ visual stimming to self-soothe. Find out more about visual stimming and ways to manage this often challenging behavior.

Mom writing near toddler kid with down syndrome and preschooler girl.

Special Needs

Developing Verbal Comprehension in Special Needs Children

Developing verbal comprehension in special needs children can be particularly challenging. Here are some ways to improve verbal comprehension.

Child psychotherapist working with little girl and her mother in office.

Behavior, Special Needs

Global Developmental Delay vs Autism: What’s the Difference?

Children with global developmental delay reach developmental milestones later, while those with autism spectrum disorder often exhibit behavior and social challenges.

Mother teaching child to use it as toilet.

Potty Training, Special Needs

Autism and Potty Training: A Parent’s Guide

Potty training an autistic child comes with certain challenges. We break down toilet training for kids with autism to guide parents.

Autistic boy playing with colorful dice being watched by a psychotherapist sitting in the background.

Special Needs

Managing Repetitive Behavior in Children With Autism

Managing repetitive behavior in children with autism is possible, and it's an essential step in avoiding self-harm and improving social skills.

Girl at speech therapist office.

Special Needs

The Four Major Types of Developmental Delays Explained

The four major types of developmental delay are cognitive, motor, speech and language, and social and emotional.

Little boy confused and doubtful shrugging shoulders.

Special Needs

Tics vs Stimming vs Compulsions: What’s the Difference?

Learn all about tics vs stimming and compulsions and the differences between each. We give you the facts on how to deal with these disorders.

Happy kids with disabilities in preschool.

Special Needs

Building Adaptive Skills in Children with Disabilities

Adaptive skills are the skills your child needs to care for themselves and gain independence. Children with disabilities may need more help learning these skills.

Girl on the lesson of the development of fine motor skills in kindergarten.

Special Needs

Understanding Global Developmental Delay in Children

Global developmental delay (GDD) is diagnosed in children under 5 with significant delays in two or more domains. Learn the signs and best ways to help.

Smiling child psychologist and kid with dyslexia playing with building blocks.

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.

Mother teaching her child to read.

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.

A boy with his grandfather.

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.

Therapist working with low tone boy.

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.

Little boy with down syndrome cuddles up to his mother and looks a bit sad.

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!

A mother holding her son.

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!