Special Needs

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.

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Why I Hate My Kid's Birthday
It may sound harsh to say I hate my son's birthday, but there are mixed emotions that come with a birthday of a child with special needs.
5 Simple Ways to Help Teachers When Your Child Has Special Needs
Open communication with your child's teacher will make any school year more positive and productive. Experts offer simple but effective ways parents can make that happen.
5 Qualities I Look for in Health Care Providers Who Are Treating My Son With Special Needs
Raising a child with special needs often calls for many appointments with many different health care providers. Here's what I look for in a doc.
​​I'm a Mom to a Child With Special Needs: My Stressors May Look Different, but the Regular Burdens of Parenting Aren't Replaced
Raising a child with special needs means many doctor appointments, prescriptions, and school IEP meetings. That's on top of worrying about typical child issues like sleep patterns, diet, and manners. It's a double mental load that never goes away.
My Partner and I Both Use Wheelchairs: This Is How We Parent Despite Our Disabilities
Born with a rare condition called arthrogryposis, one Minnesota mom explains how she and her partner are raising a daughter and advocating for parents with disabilities along the way.
Staying Home Without a Village Can Be Hardest on Parents of Kids With Special Needs, Here's How to Help
My son has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and a mood disorder, which has landed him in the hospital on several occasions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, parents like myself find ourselves struggling even more. Here's how our loved ones can help.
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Mom's Letter to Kids at Pool Who Wouldn't Play With Son With Down Syndrome Goes Viral
There's a very important message behind this mother's passionate letter about her son being excluded, and it's one all parents should hear.
U.S. Parents Rate Their Kids' Autism Symptoms More Severely Than Other Countries
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.
This Hairdresser's Kindness Toward a Boy with Autism Is Winning the Internet

A hairdresser's act of kindness highlights why it's important to meet kids with autism on their level.