Find out how to identify early signs of special needs, get tips for navigating through the diagnosis process, and get the lowdown on early intervention options. And, discover the challenges and triumphs of bringing up a child with special needs.
Tricia Hasbrook founded Victory Academy to give her son AJ, who has autism, a better, more integrated learning experience. Here, she offers tips for others who want to start their own school for students on the spectrum.
Julia is different, and wonderful, and so much more in her first appearance on Sesame Street.
Most kids who've been diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder aren't getting the right mix of medication and behavioral management that can make all the difference.
This video from the Kennedy Krieger Institute, in Baltimore, features three children who show early signs of autism spectrum disorder playing with toys and interacting and communicating with others. It compares the footage on each of these children to that of typical children in the same situations. aIt helps parents to articulate to their pediatrician any behaviors that concern them,ay says Rebecca Landa, Ph.D., director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders.
Yael Eckstein details her family's experience with clubfoot, from an in-utero diagnosis to post-birth treatment, and how the journey has helped her to stop worrying about the 'what ifs' in life, embrace every moment as a blessing, and see every experience as an opportunity for growth.
Researchers say a new test may be able to predict an autism diagnosis before a child's first birthday.
If your child is diagnosed with Down syndrome, what are your next steps? A mother of a child with Down syndrome shares her recommendations.
Taking vitamin D supplements during the first trimester of pregnancy may prevent autism traits in newborns, according to a new study conducted on mice.
We've found some of the most engaging playthings for children with Down syndrome.
After raising money for just four months, Barbara Fischer has scored enough funds to purchase a new accessible van for her two adopted kids, both of whom have severe disabilities.
Nearly 3 million school-age kids in the U.S. have a disability and might appreciate playing with a doll that has one too. These toys make that possible--some even at no cost to you.xcvbxcvbv
Parents talk about the struggles and triumphs of raising children with Autism. Families work every day to overcome challenges such as communication problems, sensory issues, temper tantrums, and societys pressure on Autism children. Video courtesy of interactingwithautism.com
This powerful video shows what it's like for a child with autism to navigate a crowded mall.
Suzanne Flynn, a mother from New York, is raising two boys with Adrenoleukodystrophy. Here's her story about the discovery and management of a disease that--without early identification and vigilant monitoring--could be fatal.
One in four parents of kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder also have ADHD.
The mom of an autistic son wrestles with the debate about ABA therapy for kids on the spectrum, and asks an autistic adult for input.
The mom of a special needs child shares why she is vehemently against stunting the growth of children with disabilities to make them easier to care for.
Culture may play a role in the degree to which certain ASD behaviors are perceived as problematic, says a new study that includes multiple countries.
Many businesses have exciting sensory-friendly events planned for April, during Autism Acceptance/Awareness Month.
Autistic kids can benefit tremendously from swimming lessons. Here, some practical tips on how to teach them to swim.
Outraged by a lengthy, unnecssary TSA patdown of a child with special needs, one mom investigates ways she can make travel easier with her own disabled child.
Chuck E. Cheese is now offering a sensory-friendly play experience one Sunday a month in select locations.
One challenge in helping kids with the disorder is defining it, but there are three common symptoms. Watch this video from the Child Mind Institute.
From the dreaded phrases to avoid to the right questions to ask, here's the best way to support a parent whose child has special needs.
These eight children, photographed for Parents magazine's April 2014 issue, represent just some of the conditions that so many families live with.