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Children With Special Needs: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
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.
What Are "Special Needs"?
'Special Needs' is an umbrella under which a huge array of diagnoses can be wedged. Still, it's useful for getting services and maybe some understanding.
Where Can I Find Information About Tax Credits...
Disability-related tax credits may be available to parents of children with special needs. Check these resources to see if they apply to you and your family.
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.
The 'No Pants' Potty-Training Method
Step-by-step description of a potty training method suited to children with special needs, who may have trouble focusing on the task or sensing their need to go.
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.
Latkes Everybody Can Love
Latkes, the delectable potato pancakes fried in oil, are a favorite Hanukkah tradition, but traditional recipes contain ingredients that children with diabetes, Celiac disease, or allergies to wheat or eggs will need to avoid. These recipes from around the Web can cater to those restricted diets while keeping the crispy classic on the holiday table.
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.
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.
What Is V.A.T.E.R. Syndrome?
A definition of V.A.T.E.R. Syndrome, with links to more information.
Diabetic Christmas Cookie Recipes
Bake up some no- and low-sugar cookies to make the holidays brighter for kids and adults with diabetes.
What Is Osteogenesis Imperfecta?
A definition of OI, with links to more information.
What Is an IEP?
Introduction to Individualized Education Plans for special needs children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gluten-Free Candy
Where to find lists of candies that are safe for children on a gluten-free diet
Accommodations for Specific Disabilities
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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.
Special-Needs Sites of the Day for December 2014
Find daily destinations of interest to parents of kids with special needs. Featured for 12/20-21: your weekend round-up of fun things to do on the Web.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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? Ask yourself these 10 questions for guidance.
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
Gluten-Free Fruitcake
Being able to avoid fruitcake might seem like the rare good thing about a gluten-free diet, but these recipes let you leave out the wheat and opt for treats rich in dried fruit and low on dry cake.
Dairy-Free Scalloped Potatoes: 9 Recipes to Try
Scalloped potatoes are an Easter favorite, but if your child can't tolerate milk or cheese, your traditional recipe may not work.
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.
The Best Gift Guides for Kids With Special Needs
Gift guides from special-needs blogs are full of good ideas to make your Christmas shopping -- or gift-buying any time of year -- a little easier.
What Is Occupational Therapy?
A definition of occupational therapy, with a link to more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Help Your Child Learn Life Skills With Backward...
A definition of backward chaining, a technique for teaching life skills to children with special needs.
What Are Autism Spectrum Disorders?
Definition of ASD, with links to resources for getting more information.
Nut-Free Candy and Other Sweet Treats
Find safe sweets for your child who's allergic to nuts at these online retailers, run by parents and family members of children with food allergies.
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.
Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Recipes
Find links to gluten-free Christmas cookies from all around the Web.
Nut-Free Fruitcake
Nutty as a fruitcake? Not these fruitcake recipes! Instead of adjusting recipes to accommodate your nut-allergic child, try one of these variations that leave the nuts out from the start.
What Are Fetal Alcohol Effects?
Definition of Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE), with links to more information.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
A definition of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, with a link to more information.
Teacher Appreciation
Give a special-education teacher a special acknowledgment with these free printable mini-posters.
What Is Asperger Syndrome?
A definition of AS, with links to more information.
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.
Special-Needs Christmas Carols
Have a little fun with these Christmas carols that reflect the stress of the season for parents who feel their family's differences at the holidays.
What Is Mosaic Down Syndrome?
A definition of Mosaic Down syndrome, with links to more information.
What Is Childhood Apraxia of Speech?
A definition of CAS, with a link to more information.
What to Do After the Diagnosis
Information on the next steps to take after you receive a diagnosis for your child with special needs. Includes general suggestions appropriate to a wide range of disabilities.
What Is a Papoose Board?
Definition of a device used to immobilize children for medical procedures.
Halloween Costumes for Kids in Wheelchairs
Looking for good Halloween costume ideas for a child in a wheelchair? These sites offer inspiration, photos, and specific instructions for outfits that either disguise the ride or use it as part of the ensemble. Use them to get your little goblin in fine trick-or-treating form.
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.
How to Write a Note to the Teacher
When you spend a lot of time battling Child Study Teams and fighting for your child's rights, it can be hard to dial back and write a simple note to the teacher over a matter of minor import. Follow these steps to produce some friendly correspondence for a change.
Gifts for Children and Teens in Wheelchairs
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Top 10 Signs That You Are a Great Teacher
Give a special-education teacher a special acknowledgment with these free printable mini-posters. Page 2.
What Is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?
A short definition of narcissistic personality disorder, with links to more information.
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.
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.
Before You Go to the Mall With Your Child, You...
If you must take your child to the mall, these five tips will make the trip shorter, smoother, and less stressful.
Reactive Attachment Disorder
A definition of RAD, with links to more information.
What Is Speech Therapy?
A definition of speech therapy, with a link to more information.
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
What Is Early Intervention?
A brief definition of the services offered for young children with special needs.
Who Attends an IEP Meeting?
Description of the Child Study Team.
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.
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.
Positive Experience Certificate
Give a special-education teacher a special acknowledgment with these free printable mini-posters.
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 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.
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.
What Is Acute Myelogenous Leukemia?
A definition of AML, with links to more information.
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.
Preparing the Teacher for Your Child With...
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Seizure Disorder
A definition of SD, with links 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.
Ten Good Things About NOT Toilet Training Your...
So your child isn't toilet training on time? Don't sweat it. Potty use is good, but there are advantages to staying with the diapers, too.
Alphabet Soup Quiz: Special Education Edition
Test your special-education acronym acumen.: education edition alphabet soup special ed cheat sheet special education
How to Relieve School Anxiety for Children With...
School can be a stressful and fearsome place for kids, especially those with special needs. Here are some good ways to start a dialog and lessen the load.
Very Special Teacher Certificate
Give a special-education teacher a special acknowledgment with these free printable mini-posters. Page 3.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Definition of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, with links to more information.
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.
Before You Sign Your Child's Individualized...
Don't approve your child's Individualized Education Plan before you check these items.
Independent Educational Evaluation
Learn more about getting an independent evaluation for your child to help in determining special education services.
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.
Self-Mutilation: Releasing the Pain
Excerpt from the book. Children With Special Needs.
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.
What Is a Special Needs Trust?
Definition of a Special Needs Trust, with a link to more information.
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.
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.
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.
Need to Get Your Kid's Attention? Try Texting
For kids for whom even tiny transitions are frustrating, a text instead of a verbal demand may get the processing going without an emotional outburst.
Should Calling You Be the School's Go-To...
Sending your kid home shouldn't be the school's preferred behavior strategy. If it happens often, it's time to tell the professionals to do their job.
Write a Letter Praising a Teacher for an...
Were you happy with your child's teacher this year? Don't just thank the teacher -- send a letter to the teacher's boss singing those praises.
What Is Angelman Syndrome?
A definition of Angelman Syndrome, with a link to more information.
What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?
A definition of Borderline Personality Disorder, with a link to more information.
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.
What Happens at an IEP Meeting?
What to expect when you attend an IEP meeting, at various stages of your child's education.
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.
Is Your Child Really Really Ready for Potty...
Don't set your child and yourself up for failure by starting potty training when your child's just not ready for that developmental milestone.
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.
Your IEP Questions Answered
Frequently asked questions about the Individualized Education Plan
What Is Dysfunction of Sensory Integration?
A definition of DSI, with links to more information.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
A definition of CP, with a link to more information.
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.
Krabbe Disease
A definition of KD, with a link to more information.
Should Head Lice Keep Kids Out of School?
No Nits policies limit lice infestations, but at the expense of lost school days for kids. Some professionals say the end doesn't justify the means.
20 Things Siblings Would Like Parents and...
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What Is Palliative Care?
Definition of palliative care as it applies to severely ill or injured patients.
Muscular Dystrophy
A definition of MD, with a link to more information.
How to Report an IEP Violation
Your child is not getting services he is legally entitled to. What do you do now? Here are 4 steps that, in most cases, will get you to a resolution.
10 Ways to Work Out with Your Child
Getting out of the house long enough to get some decent exercise can be hard for parents of children with special needs. These products can help you get moving right where you are -- and have fun with your child at the same time.
Intellectual Disabilities
A definition of intellectual disabilities, with a link to more information.
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.
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?
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.
You Are a Good Parent
One of a series of inspirational notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs hails them as good parents. Page 3.
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.
Think You Don't Have Time to Volunteer at...
Think you can't volunteer at your child's school because you work, or have younger children at home, or have no transportation? There are lots of excuses, but also lots of ways to work around them. See if any of these volunteer opportunities will fit in your schedule.
10 People to Thank for a Good School Year
You may be thinking about teacher gifts, but while you're at it, remember all the other personnel who make the school day successful for your child.
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.
Games for Fun and Learning
Playing games with your child not only provides you with nice together-time, but can also reinforce educational concepts.
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.
Is Your Child Lying or Just Telling the...
For kids who tell untruths without malice or intent to deceive, it's useful to draw a line between outright lying and telling any truth that's handy.
How to Write a Research Paper with a I-II-III...
Writing a research paper requires organization, and a I-II-III A-B-C outline is a great way to develop your ideas, expand your thoughts, and create a rough draft.
8 Ways to Get Ready for an IEP Meeting
The night and morning before an IEP meeting can be a time of tense anticipation for parents. Use that nervous energy to prepare yourself for the meeting and make sure you put your best case forward.
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.
IEP Meeting Alert Levels
What alert level do you hit before going to your child's IEP meeting? Measure your risk of outrage and deception with this handy chart. Page 4.
A Special-Needs Parent's Wish List
Family asking what you want for a holiday gift? Give them this list of things that will really make a difference for a parent of children with special needs.
What Is Leukemia?
A definition of childhood leukemia, with links to more information.
What Is Prader-Willi Syndrome?
A definition of PWS, with links to more information.
How Should I Prepare for an IEP Meeting?
Research and readiness are important to IEP meeting success.
Spina Bifida
A definition of spina bifida, with a link to more information.
Before You Look for Information on Angelman...
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Angelman Syndrome.
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.
12 Gift Coupons for Special Teachers
Create a special teacher gift with printable coupons both serious and silly. This one offers a confidential, off-the-record, honest and open conversation between parent and teacher. Page 4.
Preparing the School for Your Child with a...
School can be a difficult place for children who have seizures -- academically, behaviorally and socially. Let the school know what your child needs to be safe and successful with these tips and printouts.
15 Stupid Mistakes to Look for in Your Child's...
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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.
What Is Special Education?
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You Are Strong
One of a series of artful notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs praises their strength and ability.
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.
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