Parents must be the primary managers and advocates of their child with special needs. Parents should familiarize themselves with the different forms of bullying that a child with special needs may experience: Manipulative bullying: This form of bullying o..
Note on the Author: Temple Grandin, Ph.D. is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She was diagnosed with autism in 1950 and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She went on to become one of the ..
Good Night, Sleep Tight, and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite: Establishing positive sleep patterns for young children with ASD
Most parents have had some experience with a child who has difficulty falling asleep, wakes up frequently during the night, and/or only sleeps a few hours each night. Temporary sleep difficulties are an “expected” phase of child development. Ongoing a..
Disability can be both a cause and consequence of economic insecurity. It is a cause because disability or illness can lead to job loss and reduced earnings, barriers to education and skills development, significant additional expenses, and many other cha..
Link to autism and environmental factors still needs more research. A current study has been released reporting a possible link between autism and living near freeways. Published by a team of researchers from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Kec..
Special Education teachers Jennie Chien and Jennifer Martinez from Learning Links Preschool in Burlingame, California recommend that families preparing their toddler for the first day of preschool create a preschool preview book. “It’s a great way..
While many happily anticipate the coming holiday season, families of sons/daughters on the autism spectrum also understand the special challenges that may occur when schedules are disrupted and routines broken. Our hope is that by following these few help..
“For over 13 years, I have been a practicing attorney and advocate for families of children with special needs. There is not a week that goes by where I do not learn of a case of bullying directed toward a child with special needs.” – Attorney Bully..
Medical care and Financial benefits Securing Benefits Of all the things that parents worry about as their child approaches transition, the future of their child’s financial and medical benefits may be the most nerve racking. While you can think about ho..
MANAGING FALL FRENZY Autumn can be difficult for parents of children with special needs. But it doesn’t have to be. Between dressing up for Halloween, changing clocks back for Daylight Savings Time and partying over turkey on Thanksgiving, there’s no ..