Children and Parents

Book Review: I Am A Child Just Like You

“I Am A Child Just Like You” by Travis Breeding is a beautiful book that seeks to teach children acceptance and understanding for those who are “different”, and to look past those differences and find the things that they have in common. The book is told in the voice of Mason, a boy with Autism, who uses everyday examples to help us understand him. “I Am A Child Just Like You” has beautiful illustrations by 14 year old Kimberly Freeman that help Mason’s words come to life.

Our Special Lives - A Child With Blindness

CaféMom introduces the YouTube series Our Special Lives. Each episode features a different family with a special needs child and we're able to take a look into their lives, their challenges and their joys.

In the second episode we get to know Emma and her parents Lori and Scott Planson.

4th Annual Autism Conference: Re-Thinking Autism

The 4th Annual Autism Conference for Professionals and Families:

Rethinking Autism: Neurobiology-Technology-Policy-Community

Guest speakers:

Pat Levitt, Ph.D. Provost Professor of Neuroscience, Pediatrics, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pharmacy. Director of USC Neuroscience Graduate Program. Serves as Scientific Director of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

Communicating Who I Am With Autism

Happiness is something that everyone searches for in life. But when you reach the point in your life in which you can truly feel and believe you've found it, it's a very sweet moment. After being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in October of 2007 I began the grieving process. What's interesting is I was 22 years old. I know that there are parents who aren't much older than I was at that point when they receive a diagnosis for their child. 

How Are Highly and Profoundly Gifted Students Different?

If you suspect your child is gifted, you many notice a lot of signs. IQ isn’t the only thing that distinguishes a profoundly gifted child from other students. Though their intelligence is clearly the most prevalent feature, ironically, it may not be the first thing that a teacher notices when faced with a child whose intellectual potential exceeds her own. If you think your child might fit the bill for the profoundly gifted, read on for some valuable information and tips to help your child succeed in school and in life.


Why Organization is Such a Critical Part of a Child's Development

Most children are naturally somewhat scattered and chaotic. As you may have seen, good organizational skills aren't often something they're born with. Toys strewn about, art project left half-finished and habitually losing objects are things that are normal for many kids, but can cause problems in everyday life. The sooner your child learns proper organization, the easier things will be for them. Here are some of the reasons why organization is a critical part of a child's development.

Improved Focus

Our Special Lives - Autism

CaféMom introduces the YouTube series Our Special Lives. Each episode features a different family with a special need child and we are able to take a look into their lives, their challenges and their joys.


In the first episode we are introduced to Sydnee Jorgl the mother of 11-year-old twins Jake and Ian. Jake and Ian were around 12 months old when Sydnee started noticing that Ian was not developing as fast as his brother Jake. It was then that Jake was evaluated and diagnosed with Autism.

How Do I Get My Child’s Teacher On Board with His ADHD Diagnosis?

Dear Developmental Doc:

I am feeling so frustrated I don’t know what to do.  The new school semester has just begun and I have a son who is 8 years old and severely impacted by ADHD. Although his teacher is certified in special education, during our very first ‘meet and greet’, she candidly told my husband and me that she does not really believe that ADHD exists. I am fearful that my son will not have a sympathetic ear in the classroom and in fact, may be unfairly penalized for his disorder- Marci M., Los Angeles, CA.

Dear Marci,

Fun and Quick Food Idea for Gluten and Dairy Intolerant Kids

Being gluten and dairy intolerant is not only tough on your child, its tough on you as well. Fun "kid foods" can be a challenge to make, and finding foods that your child will love and the rest of your family can enjoy takes extra time and efford. You often find yourself making a special meal for your food-intolerant child. 


Keeping it healthy and fast

Welcome to the Land Special Needs

Imagine this - you and your child step off a cruise ship and are greeted by a group of people in colourful clothes, holding signs, flowers and balloons.  Some are playing musical instruments.  They shout and sing joyously, “Welcome to the Land of Special Needs!”

They hand you flowers and give you a warm hug.  Your child gets a balloon and joins the small group of children playing games together.  Their laughter fills the air.

Special Olympics World Games
Los Angeles 2015

Circle of Inclusion

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