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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!     The Original Fidget Cubes-Marvel Superheroes $9.99; ZURU.com The Original Fidget Cube is a versatile fidget toy featuring six different sides with multiple buttons, dials and switches so fidgeters can quietly focus while clicking, spinning, rolling…

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Zero to 6: Critical Age Windows that Impact Healthy Child Development

Zero to 6: Critical Age Windows that Impact Healthy Child Development

There are two very important early childhood windows that parents should be aware of from the moment a child is born: the 0-6 month window and the 0-6 year window (sometimes referred to as Birth to 5). The two windows set the stage for how…

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5 Local Spots for Outdoor Learning

5 Local Spots for Outdoor Learning

Studies show that kids with special needs spend less time outdoors than typical children. Barriers like inaccessibility and the need for additional supervision might keep them from enjoying the incredible benefits of the natural world. Outdoor spaces provide a feast for the senses—billowing breezes, crunchy…

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I Have Autism: A mother’s story

I Have Autism: A mother’s story

When I tell friends I was recently diagnosed with autism, some of them scoff and call it nonsense. They say I function fine, that I smile, laugh and socialize. I’m a mother who is active in the lives of my three sons; I have published…

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What to Know About Getting Emergency Prescriptions During Disasters

What to Know About Getting Emergency Prescriptions During Disasters

There are many variables involved in obtaining prescription medications during times of disaster, including the overall state of the emergency, type of medication, federal regulations, insurance authorization, corporate pharmacy policies, transportation issues, electronic access, phone communications and more. The best way to prepare is to…

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5 Yoga Benefits for Kids with Special Needs

5 Yoga Benefits for Kids with Special Needs

As a certified yoga instructor, I have long been aware of yoga’s ability to benefit a person’s mind and body. However, it was not until my daughter, who has special needs, trained to receive her certification to become one of the first teen yoga instructors…

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Accessible Vacations

Accessible Vacations

Do you travel with a loved one who has special needs? Planning a wonderful family vacation should be fun, not stressful. Here are some destinations that go above and beyond to accommodate every member of your family. Morgan’s Wonderland, San Antonio, TX This San Antonio theme…

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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.co 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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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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