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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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The Brain and the Digestive Tract

The Brain and the Digestive Tract

The Brain and the Digestive Tract: Recognizing the difference between a fussy eater and a problem feeder Kids with ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s, Asperger’s, Autism, learning disabilities, and other neurological issues are all problem eaters, to one degree or another. Is it coincidental that children with…

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A Rare Diagnosis, Sonya’s Story with CDKL5

A Rare Diagnosis, Sonya’s Story with CDKL5

On February 11, 2015 we welcomed our fourth child into the world about two weeks early. She appeared completely healthy, weighing 6 lbs. 6 oz. We were surprised she was a girl, as my husband and I spent the entire pregnancy preparing for a boy….

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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! Before and After $15.99; Shop.eeboo.com Before and After is an educational and engaging way for children to learn about the logical relationship between cause and effect.  Each scenario includes sets of two tiles depicting a before and…

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Get Ready for College: Preparing Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities

Get Ready for College: Preparing Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities

With an increasing number of college programs and supports available, more and more students with disabilities are exploring college as an option post-high school or transition. The thought of attending college is exciting, but preparing for the experience can be an overwhelming process. Identifying a…

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Taking Anger to Task: Advocating through Emotion

Taking Anger to Task: Advocating through Emotion

“Even the NORMAL kids experience stress on the first day.” The words hit me like a punch in the stomach. I had just asked why my child with a genetic deletion was pulled from the sixth grade orientation activities and put in a separate room…

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