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Tips for Helping your Child with Special Needs Keep their Mask on

Face masks have now become a part of our daily lives. Right now you can not go anywhere without having a mask covering your nose and mouth. As things begin to re-open wearing a facemask to protect everyone is very important. Wearing face masks can present a challenge for families with younger children, especially for …

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6 Types of Evidence-Based Therapies for Young People

Clinical jargon can quickly overwhelm parents, and although the field of child psychology has blossomed in the 21st century, it has also left families with a growing list of treatment options.  Not all therapeutic methods will be effective in every child.  Before starting their search, parents should learn which evidence-based therapies are available and how …

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5 Ways We Can Help Students with Disabilities Develop Self-Agency

As educators and caretakers, we all want our children to lead fulfilling, vibrant lives.  Although children with disabilities may require more initial assistance from adults than able-bodied peers, they still deserve every opportunity to lead independent lives.  This may materialize later in life as moving into their own home, working a job they find rewarding, …

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5 Ways to Help Your Autistic Teen Foster Friendships

We all want our children to lead healthy and fulfilling lives on their own terms.  As many of us have incidentally learned, one of the most essential parts of adulthood is balancing day-to-day responsibilities with social interaction.  Although jobs and chores are important, we find emotional fulfillment from time spent among people we trust, respect, …

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8 Phrases of Encouragement for Parents and Caretakers of Special Education Children

As we progress through some of the pandemic’s hardest months, we would like to share some words of affirmation for parents, guardians, and caretakers.  You pour your heart and soul into the lives of others: now we want to give that same love and healing in return.   Remember to take some time in the coming …

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6 Tips for Parents to Help Children with Anxiety

Although children with special needs are often treated as a monolith by society at large, some may have additional emotional issues that require supplementary care.  Just like neurotypical children, children with developmental and intellectual differences can suffer from anxiety disorders.  By working to understand anxiety and its impact on behavior, caretakers can improve their children’s …

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Social Stories with Children on the Spectrum (with Examples)

Social stories are a great way for parents to communicate social norms to children with autism.  By providing real-world examples for children to reference beforehand, parents can give their child space to navigate situations in the way that best works for them, all while still accounting for the thoughts and feelings of others. Parents can …

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How Break Cards Can Help your Child with ADD/ADHD at Home

Children with learning differences may receive specialized instruction at school, but what about outside the classroom?  Professionals in the field of pediatric psychiatry have developed methods to support ADD/ADHD students and their families at home as they tackle challenges both personal and academic. Break cards are an effective, adaptable learning tool that help children recognize …

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