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Special Needs

April 01, 2014

Autism Awareness Makes Big Gains

Changes in policy and social acceptance mean tangible benefits for those on the spectrum

Though autism is not new, broad awareness of it is. Not so long ago autism meant Rain Man to the average American....more»
April 01, 2014

Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Children

What to have in place before a crisis

If your autistic child is starting a new school, is it enough to review social stories? If your child is blind, is it sufficient to inform your neighbor of his disability? These are good strategies for keeping life's pace steady for problems that can be anticipated, but they are not enough to handle unforeseen events....more»
April 01, 2014

Advances for Autism

Support and understanding of ASD continues to grow

April is Autism Awareness Month – and it's quite possible you know someone whose life is impacted by autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in 88 children is affected by an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which includes Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder and autism....more»
April 01, 2014

Research to Real World: Are We Aware of Autism in Babies?

Looking for early indicators of a potential diagnosis

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), which affect approximately 1 in every 150 individuals, can have a range of symptoms, including impairments in social interaction, communication issues and repetitive, inflexible behavior....more»
March 01, 2014

You Say You Want a Revolution

Smart technology enhancing the lives of kids with special needs

Debbie Hill's son loves to play GarageBand on his iPad mini. For a time the iPad becomes his guitar. Hill never dreamed her son, who has Down syndrome, would be able to navigate the iPad as well as he does....more»
March 01, 2014

Residential Services

An option for some with autism

There are many ways to help a child with autism prepare for life as an adult. Most kids with autism grow up living at home, receiving support and services from the school system or private agencies....more»
February 01, 2014

Autism Therapy

It's "buyer beware" in Indiana

Indiana's autism insurance mandate, passed in 2001, put much-needed and often expensive therapies within reach for many families....more»
February 01, 2014

Preterm Primer

Basic information for parents of premature infants

One of every eight babies is born premature in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....more»
January 01, 2014

Private Education for Kids with Autism

What to consider when making a move from public to private schools

Imagine if school were a true one-size-fits-all venture. No more worry. Easy accommodations. Social success all around....more»
December 01, 2013

Creating Harmony in the Home

Managing autism within the context of the entire family

Autism has a pervasive effect on a family. Mom, dad, siblings, grandparents and others can feel its weight. Is it possible then, to create a harmonious household in the face of such a diagnosis? While no one strategy will work for every family, trying various methods can lead to a more peaceful home....more»
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