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

Is It OK To Say “Special Needs?”

There are several alternative, respectful phrases instead of “special needs” you can use to address a person with disabilities.

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Education, Special Needs

Understanding the Free Appropriate Public Education Mandate

FAPE ensures all eligible students with disabilities are given a quality education and offered the same opportunities as their classmates.

Autistic boy during ABA therapy look at teacher pointing to lesson timer.

Autism

5 Controversial Treatments for Autism and What You Need To Know

As autism research expands, treatment options do, too. Discover alternative treatments for autism, their risks and benefits, and learn what experts say here!

Sensory experiences for an autistic boy.

Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

What is Visual Sensory Stimulation?

Age-appropriate strategies to develop a person’s visual processing abilities are an important part of meeting the body’s sensory needs.

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Holiday Crafts and Ideas, Special Needs

8 Tips For a Successful Sensory-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party

Parties can be tricky if you have sensory processing issues. A sensory-friendly New Year’s Eve Party allows everybody to celebrate and have fun together.

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Education, Special Needs

Should Therapy Dogs Be Allowed in Schools?

Therapy dogs offer support and companionship while creating a therapeutic setting. Understand the benefits and challenges of allowing therapy dogs in schools.

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Education, Special Needs

Top Five Special Education Acronyms Explained

Confused by all the special education acronyms you see? Trying to remember what they all mean? Check out our list of the top five for everything you need to know.

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Sleep, Special Needs

Sleep Regimen for Premature Babies: Special Considerations

It can take premature babies much longer than their full-term peers to sleep for long stretches. A preemie sleep schedule may encourage better sleep.

Teenage Boy In Wheelchair Playing Basketball With Friends.

Education, Special Needs

Empowering Students with Disabilities Through Adapted Physical Education

Understand the role of adapted physical education and how personalized and inclusive practices reshape physical education for students with disabilities.

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Stargardt’s Disease: Navigating the Challenges of Juvenile Macular Degeneration

Stargardt’s disease is the most common form of inherited retinal disease. Many accommodations are available to help with low vision and vision loss.

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA): Early Diagnosis and Intervention Strategies

Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis is a genetic disease passed from parents to children that disrupts the development of the retina of the eye. This can lead to vision loss and even...

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Tactile Arts and Crafts, Visual Impairment

10 Ways To Help Your Blind or Visually Impaired Child Get Started With Origami

Find tips for parents on introducing and getting started with origami with their children who are blind or visually impaired.

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Toys, Visual Impairment

Bricks for the Blind

Bricks for the Blind provides text, audio, and braille instructions for LEGO sets that allows blind people to build LEGO sets independently.

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Aniridia: A Closer Look at Congenital Absence of the Iris and Its Effects on Vision

Aniridia is a condition where part of all of the iris of the eyes is missing. It can lead to blurry vision, light sensitivity, or even blindness.

A young boy with his eyes closed.

Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Microphthalmia in Children: Understanding its Causes, Implications, and Management Strategies

Microphthalmia is a condition where the eye does not fully develop. There’s no cure, but early intervention can improve function for children with poor vision.

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Congenital Glaucoma: Early Signs, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options for Young Children

Congenital glaucoma is a disease where the pressure inside your baby’s eye is too high. This can damage the optic nerve and can even make your child go blind.

Sense of Play by Dana Meachen Rau

Braille and Literacy, Product Reviews, Visual Impairment

Sense of Play

Dana Meachen Rau's book, Sense of Play, follows the adventures of Chip and Joy as they play. Chip is blind, but this doesn't get in the way of their play!

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Special Needs

Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Kids

Special needs emergency planning helps you prepare for the unexpected and gather everything you need to care for your child in an emergency situation.

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Autism, Development

My Baby’s Mouth Is Always Open. Is It an Autism Indicator?

If your baby’s mouth is always open, you might be concerned about a link to autism. However, there are many other reasons for a babies mouth to be open.

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Special Needs

Finding a Special Needs-Friendly Church: A Guide for Christian Parents

Your complete guide to finding a special needs-friendly church with expert tips and insights to ensure an inclusive, spiritual home for your family.

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Advocacy, Special Needs

Advocacy Strategies for Parents of Special Needs Children

Learn about effective advocacy strategies for parents of special needs children and discover how to ensure the best possible outcomes for your child.

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Education, Special Needs

What Does Inclusion Look Like? Special Needs Students in Mainstream Classrooms

All children have the right to a decent education. Inclusive classrooms allow all children to learn together, but what does an inclusive classroom look like?

Child and his therapist exercising during sensory integration therapy

Special Needs

What Is Sensory Integration?

Sensory integration is the brain's way of making sense of the world around us. Read more about how it can affect your child's development here.

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Special Needs

Early Intervention for Kids with Developmental Delays

Discover the benefits of early intervention for children with developmental delays and how support and services can unlock their full potential.