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Celebrate Jasmine’s Bunting Company

Celebrate Jasmine’s Bunting Company

Jasmine’s Bunting Co. (JBC) helps set the mood for festive birthday parties, baby showers and holidays with colorful, customized, flag-style banners. While JBC produces a distinctive end product, the core of this Encinitas-based business involves something even more unique than the charming handmade décor. JBC…

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Useful Products for Families with Special Needs

Useful Products for Families with Special Needs

Bouncy Bands For Desks $12.95; for Chairs $11.95 BouncyBands.com Designed to install quickly and allow children a way to bounce their feet and stretch their legs while they work quietly in class. Teachers love how they help students release their extra energy, anxiety, frustration and just…

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Managing Your Child’s Health at School

Managing Your Child’s Health at School

When a child has a chronic health condition, daily living can be a challenge. Managing that condition while he is in school can cause even more anxiety for parents. Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health statistics reveals one in five children ages 6–17 has some…

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Special Circumstances: Does this Sound Familiar? You are Not Alone.

Special Circumstances: Does this Sound Familiar? You are Not Alone.

From the moment that wriggling, wailing, beautiful bundle was placed in your arms, you knew your child was special. But the word “special” assumes a new dimension when it is paired with the word “needs.” Special needs. All children have needs, but some children’s needs…

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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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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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