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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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Bittersweet Birthdays: An Annual Reminder to Be My Son’s Best Friend

Bittersweet Birthdays: An Annual Reminder to Be My Son’s Best Friend

My heart both rejoices and breaks every year when we celebrate my firstborn’s birthday. I rejoice when I think back to my son’s birthdays when he was 4 or 5 years old. Each year he picked a new theme for his party, reflecting his current…

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Sweet Sleep for Special Babies

Sweet Sleep for Special Babies

For babies with special needs, sound sleep requires more than a lullaby and a kiss. According to pediatrician William Sears, MD, author of The Baby Sleep Book and The Fussy Baby Book, infants with special needs sleep differently than their peers, typically taking longer to…

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Choosing Camps for Children with Special Needs

Choosing Camps for Children with Special Needs

As the school year comes to an end, we are looking for camps that serve both of our boys, one with 22q11.2 Deletion. In years past, we’ve learned a lot by trial and error. Here are key factors to ease summertime stress and help find…

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Understanding the IEP Process

Understanding the IEP Process

Emily Dolton’s son Aidan is having the best school year of his academic life. He’s thriving at Innovation Middle School but school wasn’t always this good for Aidan, who has special needs. The 12-year-old was born with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (22q), a chromosomal disorder caused…

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We’ve Earned a Silver Star from GuideStar

We’ve Earned a Silver Star from GuideStar

The Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego is proud to announce that we recently achieved a Silver star from GuideStar.  GuideStar’s mission is to revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving. Visit our page at https://www.guidestar.org/profile/46-4543603

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Music Therapy: A Pathway to Language, Communication and Motor Coordination

Music Therapy: A Pathway to Language, Communication and Motor Coordination

Performing and listening to music is often lauded as a great way to enhance math skills. Therapists now realize the full significance of tapping into the music memory centers of the brain to enhance language, emotional cognition, social understanding and sensorimotor perception. Benefits of Music…

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Animal Therapy Benefits Kids with Autism

Animal Therapy Benefits Kids with Autism

Nick and Stitch Nick is 15 years old and has high functioning autism, which causes difficulty connecting with peers. As a young child, Nick had delayed social skills and often spoke using repetitive language. For a long time Nick’s parents struggled to help their son…

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Homeschooling Children with Special Needs

Homeschooling Children with Special Needs

Homeschooling is something I swore I’d never do with my kids. Many of my siblings were homeschooled and I had strong (negative) opinions about it—until I had children of my own. Both my sons—one who is non-speaking and Autistic and the other who struggles with…

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