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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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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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