Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), six-year-old Jacob Tumalan visits the Carson Animal Shelter once a week with his aunt who volunteers there. Early in his visits, Jacob felt he could reach the dogs with books when he said, “If I read to the..
An overview on how obesity is particularly present in the special needs community “We feel that the healthy weight issue for people with disabilities is every bit as serious as it is in the general population. There’s an epidemic, an endemic of unheal..
A short collection of stories from parents who are working with their children to work towards healthy weight. Alex is a 12 year old boy with autism who seemed to be a typically developing child until about age 4, when, his mother says, “He kind of fell..
He’s known as dad to three and “coach” to a lucky group of San Francisco Bay Area youth. Darrin Uecker is the guy you want as your neighbor, your friend and as your child’s coach. For a group of about 50 kids with special needs and their families,..
An overview of risk factors that help explain the epidemic of obesity within the special needs community. “There are so many factors that have to be dealt with, particularly when you get into the more severe level of disability where there are physical,..
Dealing with big physical and emotional changes in your adolescent At a parent group meeting, a mother asked “since my daughter’s mental age is about a third grade level, why is she starting her period? This doesn’t seem possible.” All children go..
Family members and professionals are often puzzled about what to do when an individual begins to ask repetitive questions. Like most things that involve individuals across the autism spectrum, the answer is not simple and clear cut. Instead, it is depende..
Parents of a child with autism have a 24 hour a day; 7 day a week job that instead of paying them costs them astronomical amounts of money. According to the Autism Society of America, lifetime costs for caring for a child with autism can reach as high as ..
How many times have you heard yourself say, “You have to eat your fruits and vegetables so you can grow to be big and strong?” Too many times to count? Many parents can relate to the topic of picky eaters. Parents of a child with autism often have a..
Wandering for children with special needs can lead to children getting lost and parents needing to contact local police or fireman to help locate their child. Because of core behavioral and communication challenges associated with children with special ne..