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We want you to recognize the hard things about parenting a child with special needs, we hope that someday you will understand what it is like to walk in our shoes. Ultimately, we want you to stand with us, because when you do, you will see that we are courageous, funny, compassionate, resilient, brave, flexible, forgiving, generous, and so full of love.
The latest phenomena in the United States is the teaching of sign language to hearing toddlers and preschoolers
From finding the right clinician to diagnostic tools and parent interviews, there are many steps to getting an accurate diagnosis and evaluation for autism.
Kids who seem to be listening, but not taking in information, may have auditory processing challenges. Here are some behaviors you or your child’s teacher might have noticed.
Among the many things New Yorkers pride ourselves on is food: making it, selling it and consuming only the best, from single-slice pizza to four-star sushi. We have fish markets, Shake Shacks and, …
Daniel Willingham’s new book is full of advice for parents and teachers hoping to nurture a love of reading in kids.
When my son Myles was just over 2 years old, I was told that he more than likely would never be able to hold a conversation, attend school like all the other children, understand or comprehend soci…
Mama, it’s your love that turns your child’s disability into an ability. A moment of fear into an act of bravery.
The research suggests that genetics underlie how children seek out formative social experiences like making eye contact or observing facial expressions.
Buried deep inside your muscle tissue may be the secret answer to your flagging energy, growing waist size, and declining health. Take action now.
Are you a perfectionist? Do you spend a lot of time “perfecting” your work,so everything comes out the way you want it to? I believe all of us are perfecti
Eckhart Tolle is a famous spiritual teacher promoting mindfulness and living in the now. His teachings often contradict what we are taught in the west.…
Life is short. Youth is finite. You have every opportunity to make the most of the life you have right now.
The guys who invented the toga party can teach us about living well.
“Teachers need as much parentel help as they can get. I appreciate parents who become involved in the learning process and interact with me about testing. If your teachers school has email for the instructors as my school does email can be an easy way to find out just what is each teacher doing with
This Video from Dr. Weil focuses on the 4-7-8 Breath (also known as the Relaxing Breath), as it puts the practitioner in a relaxed state almost immediately.
More and more people are being open about their mental health issues at work. I’d like to do the same.
A helpful word can be a salve, but it’s not always what we need. Parker Palmer on the power of quiet, unobtrusive presence to heal in troubled times.
Parenting a special needs child can be really lonely and sometimes we bring it on ourselves. Last year, we were barely hanging on and we found ourselves just trying to get through. We didn’t have people over because the last time we did it didn’t go well. We didn’t go to events because they just …
“Until people acknowledge my son is a full part of society.”
Some people are motivated by other people’s encouragement. If you like this, maybe finding local workout classes would be helpful
Underneath the unique behaviors of my daughter with autism is a very real kid, with a very real heart and a real but incredible brain.
Stress isn’t about your schedule—it’s about your state of mind
The five stages of breaking up with the sweet stuff.
The road to happiness is not paved with money. Here’s how to teach your children to be more mindful and less self-centered…
Advocating is forever a part of special-needs parenting. But don’t forget that the way we present our kids to the world is the way they’ll see themselves.
Happiness is something that everybody wants but is misunderstood by many people. Happiness doesn’t come by accident or as a coincidence. It is an intenti…
If you’re feeling run-down on the reg, this MD says these 5 health conditions—and not lack of sleep—could be to blame.

 

I’ve developed a toolkit to help my son with sensory processing disorder regulate himself better when he’s having sensory issues on our vacations.


The loss of abilities that besets some toddlers with autism is probably less sudden and more common than anyone thought.
“My deepest wish is that we did not feel the need to explain away what we need as individuals to be our best selves.”
If you had told me four months ago that I would be writing today about how my daughter has autism, I would have said that couldn’t be true. I didn’t see it four months ago. I still didn’t see…
The United Kingdom’s (U.K.) National Autistic Society is asking retailers around the country to institute “Autism Hour” this fall. Starting on October 2 and continuing for a week, participants will…
The benefits could translate to less inflammation and a lower risk of disease.
Americans may have the edge on Olympic medals, fast food chains and Broadway musicals, but we’re severely lacking in the parental leave department. …
French women don’t get fat and, as it turns out, neither do French kids.
Confidence and mental strength often go hand in hand.
Early in the morning, during lunchtime or evening — runners always need to navigate the balance of run times with meal timing to maintain a placid stomach, prevent hunger and boost energy.
Setting new goals and constantly challenging ourselves is how we grow.
Some of life’s most important lessons need to be reviewed to be remembered. Keep this short list handy and give it a read any time you need to get your mindset back on track.