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Kid-tested, Parent-approved Toys for Kids of All Abilities

Kid-tested, Parent-approved Toys for Kids of All Abilities

Kid-tested, parent-approved toys for kids of all abilities!   Stack & Tumble Elephant $14.99; LeapFrog.com Stack the five brightly colored, textured rings on the elephant’s trunk to help build fine motor skills. As each ring is placed on the trunk, he will introduce colors, numbers and…

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Useful Products for Families with Special Needs

Useful Products for Families with Special Needs

Harkla Weighted Sensory Lap Pad $50; Harkla.com Whether it’s in school, at home, at concerts and movies, or on car rides, a Harkla Sensory Lap Pad is the perfect portable tool to help achieve a calm, relaxed child. Designed for children with Autism, sensory processing disorder, and ADHD….

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An Excellence in Journalism Award for Flourishing Families

An Excellence in Journalism Award for Flourishing Families

The San Diego Family Magazine staff is thrilled to announce that our annual publication, Flourishing Families, won an Excellence in Journalism Award from San Diego Press Club! It received 2nd place in the “Special Interest or One-Time Publications” category. A big shout out and thank you…

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Strategies to Help Children on the Autism Spectrum with Homework

Strategies to Help Children on the Autism Spectrum with Homework

Are you having any homework challenges now that the kids have been in school for a while? It’s important to help your child find a “homework rhythm,” as well as identify tools that are most effective. Having worked with hundreds of youth on the autism…

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A Big Thank You to the Foundation for Developmental Disabilities

A Big Thank You to the Foundation for Developmental Disabilities

The Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego would like to thank the Foundation for Developmental Disabilities for their generous charitable sponsorship of $3,000. Support from the Foundation for Developmental Disabilities will help us move forward with our mission of helping parents and advocates in…

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What My Child with Special Needs Has Taught Me

What My Child with Special Needs Has Taught Me

My daughter does a flip turn at the other end of the pool. Screaming erupts among teammates, competing teams, parents and coaches as she and the swimmer next to her break the water’s surface in unison. My daughter rises higher, her arms out wide before…

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Teens on Board: Gaming Group Builds Social Savvy for Kids on the Spectrum

Teens on Board: Gaming Group Builds Social Savvy for Kids on the Spectrum

On the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, a conference room in Washington is transformed into a board gamers’ haven. At promptly 5 p.m., a group of teens ranging in age from 14 to 19 starts trickling in, greeting their peers and Katie Jo…

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Prepare Your Child with Special Needs for Success in School

Prepare Your Child with Special Needs for Success in School

The beginning of the school year brings new transitions and the fears that can accompany them. A child’s cognitive or speech delay can add to the difficulty if he cannot adequately express his needs. Luckily, there are some simple steps that can be taken to…

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Back-to-School Tips for Students with Dyslexia

Back-to-School Tips for Students with Dyslexia

Back-to-school commercials look so joyous on TV: Parents happily buying supplies and kids giddily choosing new backpacks. But for children who have dyslexia, the commercials might look a little different. They might depict parents reviewing IEPs and 504 plans and prepping their kids to be…

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Treating ADHD: More than just medication

Treating ADHD: More than just medication

Inattention. Hyperactivity. Impulsivity. While these are common behaviors among children, for kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), these behaviors interfere with daily life. They contribute to poor school performance, trouble making and keeping friends, and difficulty completing simple home tasks, such as getting dressed…

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