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How to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs

How to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs

Carol Foulke M.S. is a retired speech/language pathologist with more than 30 years experience in a public school setting who served elementary through high school students. I asked her the following questions: From your perspective, what makes a parent an effective advocate for her child?…

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The Art of Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs

The Art of Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs

Parents are natural advocates for their children. We love our children, and we want the best for them. As a mother of four children, three with special needs, I know how important it is to advocate for my children. There is no one who will…

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6 Tips for Your Family Photo Shoot

6 Tips for Your Family Photo Shoot

When you have a child with special needs, a family photo session can present unique challenges. Cara Koscinski, occupational therapist and book author, shares tips for success at your next family photo shoot. 1. Plan ahead. Schedule your session at a time of day when…

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Choosing Camps for Children with Special Needs

Choosing Camps for Children with Special Needs

As the school year came to an end, I realized we were going to lose all our trusted daytime care for both of our boys, one with 22Q 11.2 Deletion. Since it’s important to our family that I continue to work, we began the process…

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Fun and Therapeutic Water Play for Children with Special Needs

Fun and Therapeutic Water Play for Children with Special Needs

Since play is the main way a child learns, giving your child aquatic tasks designed with play in mind can be both fun and therapeutic. The benefits of aquatic therapy for children with autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and other physical and developmental disabilities are…

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Capability Ranch: An Activities Center for Families with Special Needs

Capability Ranch: An Activities Center for Families with Special Needs

Capability Ranch – An activities center for families with special needs Capability Ranch offers a perfect combination of nature, comfort and serenity. Located in rural Ramona, this newly opened activities and events center welcomes youth and young adults with developmental delays to explore their creative talents…

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Inclusion Camps: Questions to Ask

Inclusion Camps: Questions to Ask

One of the benefits of a special needs camp is that kids can share experiences with others who have similar challenges.  While camps designed for specific needs offer very specialized care, some families would prefer to attend a traditional camp that caters to all children….

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5 Ways Nature Benefits Children with Special Needs

5 Ways Nature Benefits Children with Special Needs

1. Nature is restorative. Horticulture therapists may be the first to tell you that the natural world provides a reduction in stress and an overall healing environment. Vertical and table gardens are great for those in wheelchairs, and even one colorful hanging basket can become…

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6 Ways to Prevent Wandering-Related Incidents

6 Ways to Prevent Wandering-Related Incidents

Every child throws caution to the wind, discovering her world. She explores, touches, tastes and climbs, using her inquisitive nature in ways that have worried parents for centuries. Parents of children with special needs know a deeper worry. Their children tend to have more accidents….

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5 Ways to Focus on Your Child’s Positive Traits

5 Ways to Focus on Your Child’s Positive Traits

5 Ways to Focus on Your Child’s Positive Traits I spend a-lot of time and effort with my two boys who have special needs, working on what doesn’t come naturally so they can have what I feel will be a better life. I was recently…

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