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Special Needs Parenting

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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
Take the Scare Out of Dental Care

Take the Scare Out of Dental Care

Visiting the dentist can be frightening to kids with special needs and their parents, but it doesn't have to be.

February 2012
Independent Evaluation

Independent Evaluation

Parents probably won't get reimbursed for an outside evaluation if they disagree with the school district's assessment.

January 2012
LET'S MAKE A DEAL

LET'S MAKE A DEAL

For a child who lacks social skills, a behavior contract needs to be clear and thorough.

December 2011
A Special Need: Nurture Marriage

A Special Need: Nurture Marriage

Extra responsibilities and stress often require parents of kids with special needs to fine tune their marriage. Here are tips on how to stay connected and supportive.

October 2011
How To Find Social Skills Support

How To Find Social Skills Support

Social practice for kids with autism spectrum disorders and other cognitive deficits can be hard to find. Here's where to look.

September 2011
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