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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Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Albinism and Vision: Unraveling the Myths and Understanding the Facts

Albinism is a genetic condition that reduces melanin. There are many myths about albinism and vision, so educating yourself with the facts is important.

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Autism, Sleep

Autism and Sleep: Strategies to Improve Bedtime for Your Child

Autism and sleep problems often go together. Improving sleep can help your child be less irritable and learn better and reduce stress in your home.

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP): What Parents Need to Know

Retinopathy of prematurity is common in babies born before 33 weeks. Early intervention can help prevent blindness in babies with this condition.

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Eye Conditions and Syndromes, Visual Impairment

Understanding the Impact of Retinitis Pigmentosa in Children: A Comprehensive Guide for Parents

If you have a child with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), family members, therapists, and eye specialists can help you manage the stress that comes with vision loss.

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Autism

Creating A Sensory-Friendly Home for Autistic Children

A sensory-friendly home promotes a safe environment, reduces anxiety and stress, improves focus, and establishes better sleep patterns.

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Autism, Special Needs

A Guide to Sensory-Friendly Clothes for Sensitive Kids

Sensory-friendly clothes are ideal for children with sensory sensitivities, help with overall comfort, and can help reduce anxiety.

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Autism, Sleep

9 Tips for Sleep Training a Child With Autism

When sleep training a child with autism, it’s helpful to eliminate background noises and unnecessary noises, along with establishing a solid bedtime routine.

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Feeding and Eating, Special Needs

Managing Food Allergies at School: A Comprehensive Guide

Students with food allergies require consistency from all school team members to avoid severe reactions and maintain a safe environment.

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Special Needs

What Is Heller’s Syndrome (Childhood Disintegrative Disorder)?

Childhood disintegrative disorder is marked by a child achieving normal developmental milestones, then demonstrating a loss of previously acquired skills.

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Autism, Special Needs

Using Extinction in Applied Behavior Analysis with Kids

Are you unsure of how to manage your child’s problem behaviors? Learn if the ABA Extinction Method could be right for you and your child!

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Special Needs

5 Coping Strategies for Parents of Kids With Epilepsy

Coping with childhood epilepsy can be stressful, but focusing on strategies to support you and your family can positively impact your child’s well-being.

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Health & Nutrition, Special Needs

How Do Doctors Test a Baby’s Hearing?

A newborn hearing test is an important screening test to evaluate for hearing loss. An early diagnosis can help prevent further hearing loss.

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Special Needs

How to Support Children with Disabilities to Be Physically Active

Regular physical activity offers numerous benefits for all people. It's important to find ways to include disabled children in physical activities so they can experience these benefits too.

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Health & Nutrition, Special Needs

How Do Doctors Test a Baby’s Vision

A complete eye exam is a good way to test a baby’s vision and overall eye health.

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Feeding and Eating, Health & Nutrition, Special Needs

Does the Ketogenic Diet Work for Kids with Epilepsy?

If your child has epilepsy, a ketogenic diet may reduce their seizures. Learn everything you need to know about a keto diet in this guide.

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Special Needs, Visual Impairment

Understanding Early Childhood Blindness: Causes and Diagnoses

Vision impairment in young children can be caused by congenital and acquired conditions. Many services are available to help children with low vision achieve their healthy best.

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Sleep, Special Needs

How The Safety Sleeper® Transformed My Family (And Saved My Daughter From Getting Trapped At Night)

After a terrible experience with another special needs bed, Rachel finds that the Safety Sleeper bed solves all her bedtime woes!

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Special Needs

Hyposensitivity vs Hypersensitivity: What’s the Difference?

Have you been told your child has sensory processing difficulties? Read on to learn the difference between hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity.

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Special Needs

Weighted Vests for Kids: Benefits, Strategies & Guidelines

Weighted vests are a sensory tool that give your child all the benefits of a soothing, comforting hug and can decrease anxiety and improve self-regulation.

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Tactile Arts and Crafts, Visual Impairment

Accessible Origami for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Accessible Origami provides basic text-only step-by-step instructions on how to fold popular origami figures for people who are blind or visually impaired.

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Special Needs

Tactile Defensiveness in Children: Strategies to Help

Concerned about your child’s strong reactions to being touched? Learn more about tactile defensiveness and how you can help your child manage their response to sensory information.

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Special Needs

Hand Flapping and Autism: How Are They Related?

Hand flapping is one type of repetitive movement that provides sensory stimulation and comfort. Find out more about the connection between hand flapping and autism.

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Visual Impairment

Insight Beyond Eyesight

Insight Beyond Eyesight provides support, information, and networking for Jewish individuals who are visually impaired and their families.

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Feeding and Eating, Special Needs

Reusable Food Guards Prevent Spills!

Using a plastic food guard can help your child feed themselves independently while avoiding spills and messes!