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Children With Special Needs: Most Popular Articles

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What Is Osteogenesis Imperfecta?
A definition of OI, with links to more information.
How to Set Up an E-mail Account for Your Child...
If you want your child to have e-mail but worry about what might turn up in that inbox, set up a Gmail account to forward copies of everything to you. Page 2.
What Is a 504 Plan? State by State Info
Information on accommodations for students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Long Wait with a Fidgety Kid? 101 Things You...
No matter how organized the parent, there will always be times when kids need distraction and there are no books or games or toys at hand. Here are 101 informal time-wasters to amuse your child when you've nothing more than your wits about you.
What Are "Special Needs"?
An explanation of the term. Children With Special Needs.
Wonder What a 504 Plan Looks Like? See Some...
504 plans spell out accommodations to keep students with disabilities safe and available for learning. Review these sample plans before helping plan your child's.
What Is V.A.T.E.R. Syndrome?
A definition of V.A.T.E.R. Syndrome, with links to more information.
What You Should Know About Paraprofessionals
Learn more about the aides who help children and teachers in special education classrooms.
Write Your Own School Behavior Plan
Blank forms and sample behavior management plans can help you be an active participant in devising a plan for your child -- or proposing one yourself.
School for Students With Special Needs
Children with special needs can face many issues in getting a free and appropriate education. Some may need special education services, while others may need modifications to make school accessible or medical assistance to make it safe. For some students, struggles with learning or behavior require special management to avoid school disruption. Parents have lots of questions about what their children will need and how to get it. Find your answers here.
What the Difference Between a 504 Plan and an...
Learn about the difference between accommodations offered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and services offered through an IEP under IDEA.
Celebrity Parents of Children with Special Needs
Having a celebrity speak out about his or her child's special needs is often a good way to get attention for a particular disability. These celebrities have talked about their child's disability in the media, providing inspiration or advocacy or, in some cases, controversy.
Try This Sample Work Flexibility Proposal Memo
If your current work schedule and your childcare needs don't coincide, think about whether a change in hours would solve your problems. Then use a sample flexibility proposal memo from the book
How to Smother Head Lice
A nontoxic way to handle head lice is to put a substance on the head that kills lice by smothering them. As a bonus, it makes the nits easier to comb out.
What's a Behavior Intervention Plan?
Learn more about Behavior Intervention Plans and how they can help improve your child's behavior in the classroom.
Swim Gear for Children With Special Needs
Children with special needs may face special challenges when it comes to water play -- from keeping ear tubes dry to finding extra-large swim diapers.
Is Your Child a Hoarder? 10 Questions to Consider
Your child hoards odd objects and refuses to let you touch them. Should you be worried?
Fun Things to Do Today: Family Activities
Running out of inspiration? Here's a handful of things to do -- with your kids, or for your own procrastinating self -- to keep you informed, amused and occupied.
What Is an IEP?
Introduction to Individualized Education Plans for special needs children.
What Should IEPs Look Like?
IEPs spell out the details of a child's special-education program, from goals and accommodations to time spent in different types of classrooms and paraprofessional assistance. Wondering what an IEP looks like? Check these samples for reference.
What Type of Special Education Placement Should...
Learn about the different types of special-education placements and why each might be right -- or wrong -- for your child.
10 Easy Steps to a Free iTunes Account (No...
It's possible to start an iTunes account with no money or credit-card information, though it's not obvious how to do it. Follow this step-by-step to set it up.
What Is a Functional Behavioral Assessment?
Learn more about Functional Behavioral Assessments and how they can help improve your child's behavior in the classroom.
5 Steps to Starting a Special-Needs Trust
If you know enough to be aware that you need to look into Special Needs Trusts, but not enough to know how to go about it, these five quick tips will get you started.
5 Bad Reasons to Avoid Early Intervention
Labels, therapy, your mother-in-law's disapproval-- these are bad reasons to deny your child the advantages that early-intervention can bring.
How to Set Up iTunes for Your Child with a Gift...
iTunes gift certificates and allowances can be great rewards and motivators for kids with special needs. If you want to set up an account for your child but don't want to provide unlimited access to your credit card, you can use a gift card or certificate to get the account started. Here's how.
Make Your Own Therapy Tools and Toys
Can't afford the fancy therapy items in sensory integration and speech therapy catalogs? Make or find your own using these 20 easy suggestions.
11 Steps to Getting an IEP for Your Child
Whether you've requested an Individualized Educational Plan for your child or have been asked to consider one by school or state personnel, these are the steps you'll go through, from initial referral through provision of services and triennial reevaluation.
5 Ways to Stop School Behavior Problems --...
School behavior problems are a sign that something is not working for your child. Here are five ways to fix them before they get out of control.
Child Won't Sit Still at School? 5 Things You...
If your child's teacher complains that he's always out of his seat or squirming, suggest one of these techniques for helping kids stay seated.
What Is Speech Therapy?
A definition of speech therapy, with a link to more information.
How to Get a 504 Plan for Your Child
Learn how to get the accommodations offered by a 504 plan, a provision of disability law, for your child with special needs.
What Is the R-word?
A definition of the R-word, with links to more information.
Today in Special-Needs News
Find out what's going on in the special-needs world today. Updated Monday through Saturday.
How to Make a Paper-Bag Book Cover
Forgot how to make one of those brown paper-bag book covers? These ten illustrated steps will jog your memory. Start by cutting the bag open.
What Is a Papoose Board?
Definition of a device used to immobilize children for medical procedures.
Can Tea Tree Oil Kill Head Lice?
Do the dangers of pesticide shampoos have you looking for a natural head-lice solution? Tea tree oil shampoo can get rid of the critters and keep them away.
Making Behavior Charts Work for Your Child With...
Awarding points or checkmarks for jobs well done can be effective motivational tools for kids, but behavior charts are often too abstract for children with special needs. Here are some ways to make them work.
Help Your Child Learn Life Skills With Backward...
A definition of backward chaining, a technique for teaching life skills to children with special needs.
Site of the Day Alphabetical Index
Looking for somewhere good to surf? Stop by here first for a daily destination of interest to parents of children with special needs, to parents in general, or to anyone looking for diversion. On this page of the alphabetical index, find sites that start with A.
What Is Childhood Apraxia of Speech?
A definition of CAS, with a link to more information.
Love Notes for Special Parents Greeting Cards
Messages from the Love Notes for Special Parents Gallery decorate greeting cards for a variety of occasions, including Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, and birthday.
Teacher Information Packets on Your Child's...
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Love Notes for Special Parents Gallery
Artful notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs, suitable for printing and framing or giving.
Share Your Take on Special-Needs Topics of...
Every weekday, add your opinion to a poll on a topic of special-needs-parenting interest.
Flying with a Child with Special Needs?
Before you take your child with special needs on a plane trip, consult these airline web pages for more information on their rules and services for passengers with disabilities.
How to Research Your Child's Disability
The About Parenting Special Needs is full of information on specific disabilities and general behaviors and issues that apply to kids with special needs. Here's how to find the information you're looking for, and more.
Warning Labels
Does your child need to avoid certain foods, shrink from certain sensory experiences, or otherwise require people to know what not to do to him or her? Print out one of these warning labels, tape or pin it on your child's shirt, and put everyone on alert.
What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?
A definition of Borderline Personality Disorder, with a link to more information.
Why Does My Child DO That?
If you find yourself wondering what on earth your child could be thinking when he or she misbehaves, informal behavior analysis can help you find an answer. Here's how.
Apps for Children With Special Needs
Many of the apps offered for iPhones and iPads aren't just for fun or everyday organization -- they're designed specifically to make life easier for people with special needs, by making communication or behavior management or health management easier. Check out these special-needs apps, and tell us about the ones you've tried.
Your IEP Questions Answered
Frequently asked questions about the Individualized Education Plan
Reactive Attachment Disorder
A definition of RAD, with links to more information.
Index of Children's Disabilities by Name
Looking for information on your child's diagnosis? Start with our alphabetical index to find definitions and resources.
Set Up an iTunes Allowance for Your Child
An iTunes allowance lets you provide a monthly reward for your child, without worrying about where cash might be going. First, though, you'll need to set up an iTunes account using the allowance instead of a credit card for payment. Here's how.
10 Coupons to Reward (or Bribe) Your Kids
A coupon good for a swift release from time-out is a useful small reward or motivational goal for a child's behavior chart, or an easy gift add-on.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
A definition of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, with a link to more information.
What Are Fetal Alcohol Effects?
Definition of Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE), with links to more information.
What Is Echolalia?
Does your child repeat things? Learn more about echolalia, what it might mean, and how understanding it can help your child.
How to Write a Paragraph
Writing gets a lot easier when you have an organized plan and just need to fill in the blanks. Use an outline to assemble a strong five-sentence paragraph.
What Is Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental...
Defines the acronym ARND, describing fetal alcohol impairment.
DIY ESY - An Extended School Year Program You...
Can't get Extended School Year (ESY) written into your child's IEP? You can still keep the learning going at home. Here are some ideas for setting up your own ESY activities.
Early-Intervention Services in Florida
Florida's early-intervention program is called Early Steps. Learn more about Florida early-intervention services and how you can quickly get started.
The ABCs of Behavior Management
Learn how to improve your behavior management and handle specific behaviors and situations with an ABC primer of parenting tips, and links to helpful articles and books.
Answers to Your Questions About 504 Plans
If your child requires accommodations to fully participate in the classroom, a 504 plan may be called for. Learn more about this tool ensuring your child's rights.
Help Your Child Recognize Emotions
Identifying emotions -- in other people, and in themselves -- can be hard for children with special needs. Here are five fun ways to help your child learn what facial expressions mean, how to recognize emotions in others, and what those same emotions feel like to them.
Who Attends an IEP Meeting?
Description of the Child Study Team.
What Is Mosaic Down Syndrome?
A definition of Mosaic Down syndrome, with links to more information.
Preparing the School for Your Child with...
The best way to make sure that teachers have all the information and resources they need to work with your child is to provide those things yourself. Here are suggestions, tips and fact sheets on a variety of special needs you can copy, rewrite, print out, and send in to give your child and his or her teacher the best chance at success.
Preparing the School for Your Child with RAD
School can be a dangerous place for children with an attachment disorder -- and for the families that send them there. Let the school know what your child needs to be safe with these tips and printouts.
You Are Loving
One of a series of inspirational notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs basks in their affection. Page 14.
What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
A definition of OCD, with a link to more information.
31 Ways to Tell Your Child "I Love You"
Children with special needs don't always respond to declarations of love the way we'd like. Sometimes you can get the message through easier if you show rather than tell.
Special-Education Transitions - Pre-K Through...
Children in special education go through a variety of important transitions, each one needing parents to be informed and pro-active. Learn more about the second transition your child will make, at age three, from pre-kindergarten to kindergarten. Page 3.
Accommodations for Specific Disabilities
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Alphabet Soup Quiz: Special Education Edition
Test your special-education acronym acumen.: education edition alphabet soup special ed cheat sheet special education
Pencils and Other Writing Tools for Kids With...
Does your child's pencil suit his needs? Before you stock up on school supplies, be sure to pick a pencil that really works for your child.
Self-Mutilation: Releasing the Pain
Excerpt from the book. Children With Special Needs.
How to Be a Music Monitor
Making sure your kids aren't hearing lyrics that might disturb them (or you) got easier with Parental Advisory Stickers, but harder with online downloads. Here's how to really find out what your child is listening to.
Gluten-Free Candy
Where to find lists of candies that are safe for children on a gluten-free diet
Breathing Techniques to Relax Your Child
An excerpt from. Children With Special Needs.
Resources and Websites on Oppositional Defiant...
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
Before You Look for Information on Osteogenesis...
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with osteogenesis imperfecta.
12 Questions to Ask About Your Child's School...
Most special education students take the bus to their school placements, even at the tender age of three. What should you know before you put your child on that little bus?
What Is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?
A short definition of narcissistic personality disorder, with links to more information.
Sports Programs for Children and Adults With...
Every child has the right to enjoy the fun of playing sports, the joy of teamwork, the achievement of hitting a ball or making a goal or crossing the finish line. Many programs have been developed to get children and adults with disabilities in the game. Find one that's right for your child.
Early-Intervention Services in Georgia
Georgia's early-intervention program is called Babies Can't Wait. Learn more about Georgia's early-intervention services and how you can quickly get started.
Preparing the Teacher for Your Child with...
Giving teachers the information they need to help your child is an imporant part of school advocacy. Here's how to translate our
How to Report a 504 Violation
Your child is not getting the accommodations and modifications specified in her 504 plan. What are you going to do about it? Here are five steps that, in most cases, will get you to a resolution of the problem.
What Is Asperger Syndrome?
A definition of AS, with links to more information.
How to Write an Essay with a I-II-III A-B-C...
A five-paragraph essay is easy to put together if you start with an outline and fill in your sentences from there. Follow these steps and examples.
Pick a Student Planner
If your child has ever missed homework assignments because the assignment never came home, you know that planners are important. What kind will work best for your student? Here are six options to consider.
Book Review: The Hidden Gifts of the Introverte...
Introverts may be mistakenly diagnosed with ADD, Asperger syndrome or anxiety disorder, but they also possess strengths and gifts for those patient enough to wait for them.
What Parents Want from Doctors and Hospitals
Cases of parents battling hospitals for the continued care of their children have been turning up in the media lately. But parents have been feeling disrespected and misunderstood by the medical profession for a lot longer than that. Here are eight things medical professionals could do to improve relationships with parents, and care for their children.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Definition of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, with links to more information.
Differentiating Instruction
Differentiating instruction helps teachers meet the needs of special-education and regular-education students in one classroom. Yes, it can be done.
Writing a Letter of Intent
If you were to die suddenly, would those left behind know all the details of your child's everyday life? Use this Letter of Intent template to guide your child's guardians.
Before You Look for Information on FASD
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
What Is Early Intervention?
A brief definition of the services offered for young children with special needs.
Who Did You Choose for Your First "Camp Mom"...
A mom tells her story about a do-it-yourself day camp, sharing how she picked kids and adults to participate.
Where to Find a Scholarship for Your Child With...
Find a disability scholarship for your child with special needs by checking these sources of information around the Web and your own community.
10 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior
From choosing realistic goals to picking your battles, here are ten strategies for making your child more manageable.
Resources and Websites on Reactive Attachment...
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Reactive Attachment Disorder.
Games for Fun and Learning
Playing games with your child not only provides you with nice together-time, but can also reinforce educational concepts.
What Is Occupational Therapy?
A definition of occupational therapy, with a link to more information.
Book Review: All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome
This cute book -- perfect for kids or cat lovers -- matches photos of kittens with descriptions of behavior that felines and children with Asperger's share.
Special-Needs Sites of the Day for June 2014
Find a daily destination of interest to parents of children with special needs. The sites listed here were featured in July 2014.
Special Education in Florida
Getting started with special education can be an intimidating experience. Here are five ways for parents in Florida to get information about the special-education process and find the contacts they need.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
A definition of SJS, with links to more information.
Help the Teacher Report on Your Child's Behavior
Provide your child's busy teacher with a simple check-off school behavior chart to track progress on three goals so you can reward success and address problems.
First 5 Things to Do When Your Child Is...
A handful of easy, quick suggestions to help you get a fast start on helping your child diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome.
10 Special-Needs School Tools
Help your child sit stiller, write better, and read easier with these cool school tools for students with learning disabilities, fine motor delays, sensory integration challenges, or a bad case of the wiggles.
Sensory Integration Tools and Toys
A listing of sites that offer products to help children with sensory integration problems.
Fun Things to Do: Family Activities
Every week on About.com Parenting Special Needs, I round up five fun things to do -- a family activity, a children's website, a shopping website, some online humor or inspiration, and a site that's just goofy or fun. Here's the index for all those family activities, along with links to four more indexes of fun things to do.
What Is Attachment Therapy?
An overview of the issues surrounding attachment therapy, and information on where to find a therapist.
Before You Take Kids on a Car Trip
When you're traveling by car with children, anything that puts off that constant demand of "Are we there
Five Familiar Games for Sneaky Speech Therapy
Chances are the word games you're playing with your child are already ones that help strengthen speech and language skills. Here's how to tweak them for some impromptu speech therapy. Page 4.
Are 504 plans really necessary?
Learn why you're better off with a legal document outlining accommodations for your child rather than making informal arrangements with the school.
Camp Mom Journal: Surviving a Homemade Summer...
Instead of sending my son to summer camp, I had a couple of his self-contained special-education classmates come to our house every day for crafts, science, academic work, play, and fun. Throw in some field trips, a bowling league, and free movies, and we had Camp Mom.
What Is a Special Needs Trust?
Definition of a Special Needs Trust, with a link to more information.
What Is Dandy-Walker Syndrome?
A short definition of Dandy-Walker Syndrome, with a link to more information.
What Is Least Restrictive Environment?
Learn more about your child's right to education in the Least Restrictive Environment.
Clear Backpacks Let You See What's Stowed
Whether you're concerned that your child isn't bringing things to school he's supposed to, or is bringing things home that he's not, clear backpacks provide an easy way to spy gear and discourage stowaways.
10 Places to Find a Babysitter for a Child with...
Finding a babysitter you can trust with your child's special health-care or behavioral needs, even just for a night out, may seem an impossible task. Here are ten places to start your search.
What Is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?
Learn more about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects, and the many ways they can impair a child's development.
First 5 Things to Do After Your Child Is...
A handful of easy, quick suggestions to help you get a fast start on helping your child diagnosed with attachment disorder.
Opening Locks and Lockers
When your child moves up to middle school or high school, opening a lock or locker may become a necessary skill. Here's how to make that combination-working easier, or avoid the need for it in the first place.
How to Play the 'Dots' Game
Here's a quick distraction to get fidgety kids through boring events like car rides, restaurant waits and, alas, church services. It's quiet, it's attention-grabbing, and it can expand to fill as much time as you need.
What Is the Americans With Disabilities Act?
Learn about the law that requires organizations accepting public funds to make their buildings and their programs accessible to people with disabilities.
What Is Dysfunction of Sensory Integration?
A definition of DSI, with links to more information.
Before You Worry About Your Child
Think something's not right with your little one? Here's a guide to developmental milestones, charts and checkers to help you decide whether it's really time to worry.
Book Review: Freaks, Geeks and Asperger...
A thirteen-year-old with Asperger Syndrome explains it all for you.
What Is Adapted Physical Education?
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Book Review: Raising Your Spirited Child
Changing your attitude toward your child's behavior can help to change the behavior, too. This empowering book helps parents appreciate their child's personality, and understand themselves better, too.
What Is Angelman Syndrome?
A definition of Angelman Syndrome, with a link to more information.
Your Guide to Children's Disability Terms
Wondering about all those alphabet letters that seem to define your child these days? Check our alphabetical acronym listing to learn the meaning behind the characters and find resources to help you help your child.
How to Stop Your Child From Biting
Biting is a behavior most young children try out, but children with developmental disabilities may be more likely to do it for sensory reasons and less likely to understand that it hurts the other person. Try this technique to nip biting in the bud.
Book Review: Transforming the Difficult Child -...
This excellent behavior-management approach helps focus intense, energetic kids into more positive patterns, and gives parents something to feel good about too.
What Is Cystic Fibrosis?
A definition of CF, with links to more information.
Five Positive Playground Strategies for...
Going to the playground should be a fun experience with your child. Youngsters with special needs often love the equipment they find there, but stumble over the socialization that's often expected in playground outings. If your playground visits have become more fearsome than fun, follow these five quick tips for a happier time out.
Early-Intervention Services in Louisiana
Information for parents about EarlySteps, Louisiana's early-intervention program, and how to start getting services for a child with a developmental delay.
Meet Your IEP Team: A Parent's Guide to the...
That gang of serious-looking people around the IEP planning table can be intimidating to a parent. Here's your quick guide to who they all are, and how you can be a team player, too.
Is Discipline Really What Your Child Needs?
Ask yourself these questions to make sure that discipline is what your child really needs.
Gifts for Children and Teens in Wheelchairs
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Preparing the School for Your Child with a...
School can be a dangerous place for children with a peanut allergy. Let the school know what your child needs to be safe with these tips and printouts.
What Happens at an IEP Meeting?
What to expect when you attend an IEP meeting, at various stages of your child's education.
Ten Reasons to Go to Back-to-School Night
If Back-to-School Night, that evening early in the school year when you're invited to walk through your child's schedule and meet the teachers, doesn't draw you in, you're not alone -- fewer and fewer parents are making attending a priority. But that's just one of the reasons why you should make sure to be there. Read about that and nine more.
Special Education Acronyms: Decipher That...
Is your child getting a FAPE in the LRE with a BIP, OT, PT, APE, and SLP? Find your way through all those acronyms with this quick guide.
How to Set Get-able Goals for Your Child
Whether setting goals for your child with special needs, your family, or yourself, thinking small and short-term can help you find big, long-lasting success.
A Teen With Asperger's Explains the Problem...
In this excerpt from 'Freaks, Geeks, and Asperger Syndrome,' a teen with Asperger's explains why it's so hard to make eye contact and why it shouldn't be forced.
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