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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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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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Easing Transition: Tips For Parents of Students with Special Needs

Easing Transition: Tips For Parents of Students with Special Needs

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals and maybe a new school for some students. In order to help ease the transition for students with special needs, here are some helpful back-to-school tips. 10 Tips to Ease Transition Visit the…

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7 Tips for Visiting Theme Parks with Children with Special Needs

7 Tips for Visiting Theme Parks with Children with Special Needs

Theme parks are places of wonder, delight and magical memories. But they’re also places of bright lights, new smells, loud noises, long lines and many other elements that can trigger anxiety, stress and meltdowns in kids with special needs. That doesn’t mean you have to…

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5 Tips to Teach Kids with Special Needs Daily Living Skills

5 Tips to Teach Kids with Special Needs Daily Living Skills

Kids of all abilities can learn important life skills and learn to help around the house. We just have to give them the opportunity to succeed. Here are tips to teach kids with special needs daily living skills. Recently while I was helping my youngest…

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Summer Camps and Programs Certified to Care for Children with Special Needs

Summer Camps and Programs Certified to Care for Children with Special Needs

Summer camps allow kids to participate in activities they love or try something new.  Listed below are 7 camps that are companies certified to care for children with special needs.  Please make sure to verify certifications are up to date.  Happy Camping! San Diego Natural History Museum…

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Defining Success in Parenting – No Matter How Special Your Kids Are

Defining Success in Parenting – No Matter How Special Your Kids Are

Defining success in parenting is crucial to knowing where you are going and when you have arrived, particularly for those of us with kids on the autism spectrum. Rather than thinking of success as some elusive aspiration, I’ve learned to break it into smaller definitive…

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