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Sleep Tips for Your Child With Special Needs

Getting your child to sleep can be a challenge for any parent, even more so when you have a child with special needs. Your child may have a harder time settling down at night, causing them (and you) to feel cranky and irritable the next day. Although it might seem that way in the small…

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How To Deal With A Child’s Chronic Illness

Combating and coping with a child’s chronic illness is one of the most difficult jobs any parent will ever have to face. Your emotions, energy, and ability to function on a daily basis are all strained and under a constant state of duress. At the same time, you must present a stoic and upbeat outer…

Back-to-school Tips for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

Back-to-school time can be challenging for any parent, but for parents of kids with special needs, there are added things to consider making sure the first day and remaining school year go well. Aside from new clothes, school supplies, and learning a new routine, these are some tips we’ve found really helpful. Do Your Back-to-School…

Parenting a Child With Traumatic Brain Injury

When your child experiences a traumatic brain injury, it is devastating and completely overwhelming. Life is suddenly divided into “before” and “after.” In the early days and weeks, all of your energy is focused on survival and emerging from the coma. You feel joy, relief, and a lot of uncertainty. Then begins the long path…

Tips for Communicating With a Nonverbal Child

Helping your nonverbal child find their voice can be both frustrating and incredibly rewarding. Constant encouragement, therapy and attempts to break through their walls may be repeatedly met with failure, only to discover that one day something clicks. That single moment can be worth all of the time and dedication you will devote to communicating…

Helpful Resources for Parents of Children With Special Needs

Autism Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association: This New York-based organization offers great resources for those with higher functioning autism. Ahany also provides a great list of summer programs and day camps in New York, as well as useful questions to ask when choosing any camp or summer program for your special needs child….

Lessons From the Trenches of Special Needs Parenting

Parenting any child is challenging, but the joys and feelings that come with parenting a child with special needs are unique. All children are special in their own way, but a child with autism, traumatic brain injury, intellectual disabilities, or language and speech delays requires a different level of care and understanding. We don’t profess…