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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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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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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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Tips for Choosing Halloween Costumes for Children with Special Needs

Tips for Choosing Halloween Costumes for Children with Special Needs

Our family is excited about Halloween (my youngest son has been decorating since February!), but as much as I love this time of year, picking out a costume for my kids with special needs can be a challenge. Here are tips from friends whose kids…

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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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