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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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Taking Anger to Task: Advocating through Emotion

Taking Anger to Task: Advocating through Emotion

“Even the NORMAL kids experience stress on the first day.” The words hit me like a punch in the stomach. I had just asked why my child with a genetic deletion was pulled from the sixth grade orientation activities and put in a separate room…

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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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Neurodiversity: A Quick Primer

Neurodiversity: A Quick Primer

For a very long time, autistic children were seen as broken versions of “normal” kids. It hurts my heart to type that sentence, but I’m so grateful to live during a time when that paradigm is shifting. Thanks to the tireless work of writers with…

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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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My Child Has Oppositional Defiant Disorder: 6 Behavioral Signs to Look For

My Child Has Oppositional Defiant Disorder: 6 Behavioral Signs to Look For

I knew my son was different when his tantrums lasted hours at a time. We knew we needed more help than our pediatrician could offer. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is like having a child who never grows out of the terrible twos—it is a constant,…

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