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Tips and Tricks for a Fun Fall

Tips and Tricks for a Fun Fall

Fall is a time of transitions. Days get shorter and routines have to be adjusted accordingly; and pumpkins and Halloween costumes appear in stores. It’s my favorite season, but it can easily overwhelm my children with special needs. Luckily, the last eight years of parenting…

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Preparing Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities for the Workforce

Preparing Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities for the Workforce

A child’s response to “What do you want to be when you grow up?” can elicit a variety of responses, anything from a fire truck (my all-time favorite response from a 3-year-old) to professional athlete, police officer and astronaut. As children grow older, career aspirations…

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Easing Transition: Tips For Parents of Students with Special Needs

Easing Transition: Tips For Parents of Students with Special Needs

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals and maybe a new school for some students. In order to help ease the transition for students with special needs, here are some helpful back-to-school tips. 10 Tips to Ease Transition Visit the…

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Neurodiversity: A Quick Primer

Neurodiversity: A Quick Primer

For a very long time, autistic children were seen as broken versions of “normal” kids. It hurts my heart to type that sentence, but I’m so grateful to live during a time when that paradigm is shifting. Thanks to the tireless work of writers with…

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7 Tips for Visiting Theme Parks with Children with Special Needs

7 Tips for Visiting Theme Parks with Children with Special Needs

Theme parks are places of wonder, delight and magical memories. But they’re also places of bright lights, new smells, loud noises, long lines and many other elements that can trigger anxiety, stress and meltdowns in kids with special needs. That doesn’t mean you have to…

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5 Tips to Teach Kids with Special Needs Daily Living Skills

5 Tips to Teach Kids with Special Needs Daily Living Skills

Kids of all abilities can learn important life skills and learn to help around the house. We just have to give them the opportunity to succeed. Here are tips to teach kids with special needs daily living skills. Recently while I was helping my youngest…

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My Child Has Oppositional Defiant Disorder: 6 Behavioral Signs to Look For

My Child Has Oppositional Defiant Disorder: 6 Behavioral Signs to Look For

I knew my son was different when his tantrums lasted hours at a time. We knew we needed more help than our pediatrician could offer. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is like having a child who never grows out of the terrible twos—it is a constant,…

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How to Throw a Sensory Friendly Birthday Party

How to Throw a Sensory Friendly Birthday Party

Birthdays. They come once a year and are usually met with much anticipation and excitement—balloons, cake, ice cream, friends and presents. These are all wonderful traditions, but what happens when you have a child who has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)? These are the very things…

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2016 Above and Beyond Award Winner, Sharon Bay

2016 Above and Beyond Award Winner, Sharon Bay

Congratulations to Sharon Bay recipient of the Above and Beyond Award, which honor individuals who have contributed “Above and Beyond” the usual expectation in the area of Special Education. These awards are given out by the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education in collaboration with San…

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Summer Camps and Programs Certified to Care for Children with Special Needs

Summer Camps and Programs Certified to Care for Children with Special Needs

Summer camps allow kids to participate in activities they love or try something new.  Listed below are 7 camps that are companies certified to care for children with special needs.  Please make sure to verify certifications are up to date.  Happy Camping! San Diego Natural History Museum…

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