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Special Needs Parenting

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Differences Welcome

Differences Welcome

Families with kids with special needs have many opportunities to explore programming and entertainment at area attractions this spring. Local family venues offer special events this month in recognition of Autism Awareness, as well as ongoing programming for kids with sensory issues.

April 2013
EARLY INTERVENTION

EARLY INTERVENTION

If you suspect a developmental delay, initial services could be critically important to your child.

March 2013
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
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