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Is it a developmental delay?

Is it a developmental delay?

If you're worried that your toddler is not developing normally, observe, track and communicate rather than 'wait and see,' say experts.

February 2013
Assistive tech arrives big time

Assistive tech arrives big time

Children with IEPs have a right to needed learning devices. New technology ranges from weighted pens to augmented communications systems.

December 2012
IEP vs. 504: What’s the difference?

IEP vs. 504: What’s the difference?

If your child has a disability and the school recommends a 504 Plan, be aware that the protections are weaker than an IEP's.

November 2012
The Science of Defiance

The Science of Defiance

Children typically defy their parents. At what point does hostile, defiant behavior indicate an emotional disability?

October 2012
Grandparents special role: support

Grandparents special role: support

The number one “special need” of any child is unconditional love, and a grandparent of a child with special needs has the unique ability to furnish it.

September 2012
Help teens gain medical self-reliance

Help teens gain medical self-reliance

As kids with special needs grow older, assuming responsibility for medical decisions and health care requires careful preparation.

August 2012
Education Shifts at Ages 3 & 5

Education Shifts at Ages 3 & 5

The Federal IDEA law mandates that kids transition from early intervention into a school jurisdiction or intermediate unit after third 3rd birthday.

June 2012
Special Parties for Special Needs

Special Parties for Special Needs

Careful organization, extra help and sometimes the expertise of an entertainer or party provider can make your child's birthday a happy one.

May 2012
Camps Teach Special Skills

Camps Teach Special Skills

If you have a child with special needs seeking to develop skills such as bike or horseback riding, arts, drama or sports, look into summer camps.

March 2012
Using Animals as a Part of Your Child’s Programming

Using Animals as a Part of Your Child’s Programming

Blogger Lisa Lightner describes animal therapy options and her own experience as owner of a therapy dog.

February 2012
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