Children With Special Needs: Most Popular Articles
'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.
Information on accommodations for students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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.
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.
Everybody loves to dump on helicopter parents, but some kids need more intensive parenting than others, and some helicopters have important jobs to do.
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.
Learn more about the aides who help children and teachers in special education classrooms.
A definition of V.A.T.E.R. Syndrome, with links to more information.
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.
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.
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.
A definition of OI, with links to more information.
Learn more about Behavior Intervention Plans and how they can help improve your child's behavior in the classroom.
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.
Learn about the difference between accommodations offered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and services offered through an IEP under IDEA.
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.
Bake up some no- and low-sugar cookies to make the holidays brighter for kids and adults with diabetes.
Learn more about Functional Behavioral Assessments and how they can help improve your child's behavior in the classroom.
Introduction to Individualized Education Plans for special needs children.
Your child hoards odd objects and refuses to let you touch them. Should you be worried? Ask yourself these 10 questions for guidance.
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.
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.
A definition of DSI, with links to more information.
Learn about the different types of special-education placements and why each might be right -- or wrong -- for your child.
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.
Backward chaining is a technique for teaching life skills to children with special needs. Follow these examples of how to start doing it right now.
Can't afford the fancy therapy items in sensory integration and speech therapy catalogs? Make or find your own using these 20 easy suggestions.
Find daily sites of interest to parents of kids with special needs gathered for you in November 2015. For November 27-29: your long-weekend listing of fun things to do.
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.
Scalloped potatoes are an Easter favorite, but if your child can't tolerate milk or cheese, your traditional recipe may not work.
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.
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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.
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.
Definition of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, with links to more information.
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
A definition of ADD, with links to more information.
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.
A plentiful supply of replacements for offensive slurs against individuals with intellectual disabilities are just a thesaurus away.
Learn how to get the accommodations offered by a 504 plan, a provision of disability law, for your child with special needs.
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.
A listing of sites that offer products to help children with sensory integration problems.
A short definition of narcissistic personality disorder, with links to more information.
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.
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.
A brief definition of the services offered for young children with special needs.
A big part of raising awareness and acceptance for people with disabilities is making their stories part of popular culture. Check my list of TV series that have regularly featured characters or performers with special needs, and add a review of these or other shows I've missed.
From choosing realistic goals to picking your battles, here are ten strategies for making your child more manageable.
A definition of speech therapy, with a link to more information.
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A definition of RAD, with links to more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A definition of Mosaic Down syndrome, with links to more information.
A definition of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, with a link to more information.
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.
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.
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.
Definition of Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE), with links to more information.
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.
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.
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.
A definition of occupational therapy, with a link to more information.
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Don't approve your child's Individualized Education Plan before you check these items.
A definition of intellectual disabilities, with a link to more information.
If your child isn't into fussy clothes, stiff dresses, and tight ties, add a little flair to a comfortable outfit to make a unique style statement.
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.
Advice on how to make it through family get-togethers with children with special needs.
If you can't avoid those folks who can't say anything nice about your child or your parenting, you can manage their behavior (and yours) more effectively.
Artful notes of support and encouragement for parents of children with special needs, suitable for printing and framing or giving.
Giving teachers the information they need to help your child is an imporant part of school advocacy. Here's how to translate our
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.
Find a disability scholarship for your child with special needs by checking these sources of information around the Web and your own community.
A definition of CAS, with a link to more information.
A definition of SD, with links to more information.
Does your child repeat things? Learn more about echolalia, what it might mean, and how understanding it can help your child.
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.
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.
Frequently asked questions about the Individualized Education Plan
A definition of the R-word, with links to more information.
Description of the Child Study Team.
If you must take your child to the mall, these five tips will make the trip shorter, smoother, and less stressful.
A short definition of Dandy-Walker Syndrome, with a link to more information.
A definition of AS, with links to more information.
An excerpt from 'The Floppy Sleep Game Book' by Patti Teel gives parents a way to help kids practice deep breathing.
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.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
Need your child to focus on you? Try surprises, silliness and secrets instead of shouting.
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.
School can be a difficult place for children with Dandy-Walker Syndrome. Let the school know what your child needs to be safe and successful
Children with diabetes need a certain amount of gear to stay healthy, but that doesn't mean they can't have a little fun with it.
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.
Amuse. Bribe. Comfort. Distract. Keep items at your fingertips that can do one of more of these things for your kids at all times.
Definition of aggressive care in the treatment of illness or injury.
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.
Explaining a disability to your child or his classmates, friends and young relatives can be a challenge for parents. These books discuss special needs in a kid-friendly way that can shine a positive light on a tricky topic.
Give a special-education teacher a special acknowledgment with these free printable mini-posters.
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.
Give a special-education teacher a special acknowledgment with these free printable mini-posters. Page 2.
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.
Until your child is old enough to advocate for disability rights, it's your responsibility to do what you can to make the world a friendlier place for people with special needs, now and as your child becomes an adult.
Children with special learning needs require lots of repetition and reinforcement to learn new concepts. Flash cards provide that service cheaply, efficiently, and at pocket-size. Here are 10 reasons to try them.
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.
Don't be one of those relatives who makes parents of kids with special needs dread going to family get-togethers. Be the one who makes it worthwhile.
Defines the acronym ARND, describing fetal alcohol impairment.
Learn why you're better off with a legal document outlining accommodations for your child rather than making informal arrangements with the school.
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.
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.
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Definition of ASD, with links to resources for getting more information.
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.
Occupational therapy with a Sensory Integration approach often has a strong element of parental involvement, with Mom and Dad asked to perform tasks like brushing and joint compression. There's more you can do, though, whether filling in for the therapist during school breaks or just augmenting the work being done. Here are five ways to start.
Where to find lists of candies that are safe for children on a gluten-free diet
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Reactive Attachment Disorder.
What to expect when you attend an IEP meeting, at various stages of your child's education.
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Review of a book that helps parents decide whether their children's developmental differences merit concern and evaluation.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with osteogenesis imperfecta.
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.
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?
Learn more about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects, and the many ways they can impair a child's development.
It's become a familiar cycle -- celebrity uses the R-word or makes disability a punchline, celebrity gets complaints from people with disabilities and their families, celebrity apologizes. To speed up the process, this apology template can get the stars back in the sky with a minimum of fuss and sincerity.
A state-by-state listing of categories that make a child eligible for special education, with links to the relevant state and federal laws and regulations.
A handful of easy, quick suggestions to help you get a fast start on helping your child diagnosed with sensory integration problems.
Florida's early-intervention program is called Early Steps. Learn more about Florida early-intervention services and how you can quickly get started.
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Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Angelman Syndrome.
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.
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.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with Dysfunction of Sensory Integration.
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.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with intellectual disabilities.
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.
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.
Start with these recommended resources for finding facts, strategies, and advice on parenting children with kidney disease.
Your first instinct is to defend and protect. A more thoughtful approach may help more in the long run.
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.
Definition of PDD, with links to more information.
Learn about the law that requires organizations accepting public funds to make their buildings and their programs accessible to people with disabilities.
Differentiating instruction helps teachers meet the needs of special-education and regular-education students in one classroom. Yes, it can be done.
Most teens worry about smelling bad in front of their peers, but some adolescents with special needs may lack the sensory sensitivity or emotional maturity to notice or care if body odor's a problem. Here are five ways parents can help.
Excerpt from the book. Children With Special Needs.
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.
A definition of childhood leukemia, with links to more information.
A definition of Kawasaki Disease, with links to more information.
Learn more about the Present Level of Performance section of your child's Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).