Children with Special Needs

New York City Officials Approve Special Needs Classroom Inclusion Plan

Despite parent protests, New York City education officials approved a plan to move special needs students into mainstream classrooms.  Mayor Bloomberg’s Panel for Education Policy voted for this inclusion plan, and many critics are saying that children with special needs will not get the education and care they need.

Activities for Special Needs Children: Expression Through Dance

For children with special needs such as sensory processing disorder, autism, or other socio-emotional or physical difficulties, enjoyable activities might be few and far between.  Children with these needs might have a list of symptoms, including poor attention, difficulty interacting with peers, limited body awareness, or trouble being in social situations that might be over stimulating.  Expression through dance or participating in group movement are activities for special needs children that can h

Sports Programs for Special Needs

Many parents of special needs children lament their children being left out of sports programs and other games at school.  While many schools are supportive of the mainstreaming and inclusion method for education, special needs children are often left behind when it comes to sports.

Rescue Less: Empowering Kids

RESCUE LESS……empowering kiddos with special needs

How deep the pain and guilt must be when a parent cannot say no to their son or daughter with special needs.  How overwhelmed they must feel each day to allow their son or daughter to dictate how life will be lived.  How isolated and unsupportive they have to feel to allow their child such control instead of allowing him to develop respect for rules, boundaries, and others’ thoughts and feelings.

Special Needs Daycare

As a parent who needs to work, daycares are a great resource to ensure your child gets the proper care and love while you go to work. Even if you are a stay-at-home parent, daycare is a good choice for many children because it can teach them fundamentals of learning while developing their social skills. However, as a parent of a special needs child, not just any daycare facility will do. A special needs daycare that has experienced caregivers will provide your son or daughter the best care.

Lexercise for Dyslexia

Technology is revolutionizing the way therapy and treatment modalities can be provided.  Webcams and the Internet are making it possible for therapists to help individuals with special needs all around the world, and Lexercise is one organization that offers online help for individuals struggling with reading, writing, and spelling.

Lexercise offers a free dyslexia test to see if your child is having difficulty with reading and processing words, and they offer a full evaluation to develop an individualized treatment plan.

Adopting a Child with Special Needs

Whether single or married, raising biological children or other adopted children, potential adoptive families are guided by their desire to make a difference in a child’s life, which is a wonderful starting point. Successfully parenting a child with special issues requires the attributes that all parents need: love, patience, a commitment to nurture your child, and a stable home, among others.

How to Choose a Special Needs Summer Camp

It might seem as though spring has just begun, but camps are already advertising and enrolling for their summer programs.  Doing some research early will ensure your child a spot in the summer camp of your choice.  Consider the following steps when searching for the right types of special needs camp.

What You and Your Child Want

Fine Motor Skill Activities for Special Needs

Fine Motor Skill Activities for Special Needs Children

Many children with special needs have challenges with their fine motor skills. Therefore, it is important to incorporate fine motor skills activities for special needs children in their daily routine. These activities for special needs children can be simple and even fun. Children with special needs will enjoy the activities and, best of all, benefit from them.

Special Needs App of the Day:  iComm

iComm, short for “I Communicate,” is a picture and voice communication aid for children -- it works well for pre-speech toddlers and children with disabilities who have trouble communicating.  Using pictures and words, the program allows children to learn connections between words and their basic needs, family, friends, toys, and other activities.