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Special Needs

November 01, 2014

Superpower Smile

Mickey Deputy spreads her charm everywhere she goes

Dancer. Down syndrome advocate. Poet. Cancer survivor. Beauty queen. At only 17, Mickey Deputy has risen to life's challenges again and again, inspiring her parents, friends, teachers and even Colts Coach Chuck Pagano along the way....more»
October 01, 2014

Using Technology with Dyslexia

Helping to remove the barriers to classroom learning

A smartpen that follows along with lectures. An app that types as you speak. For students who struggle with dyslexia, current technology can help them overcome considerable obstacles in the classroom....more»
October 01, 2014

Changing Seasons and Kids on the Spectrum

Planning ahead to ease this transition for children with autism

While falling leaves, football season and the approaching holidays make autumn a much-loved time of year, the seasonal upheaval can be chaotic for children with autism....more»
September 01, 2014

Successful Play Dates for Kids on the Spectrum

Tips for maximizing this social experience

When your child is on the autism spectrum, play dates are a great way for them to build social skills in a safe setting....more»
August 01, 2014

Going Gluten and Casein Free

Does this diet affect those with autism? Karen Ring The gluten-free/casein-free (GFCF) diet is gaining popularity as an alternative treatment for children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)....more»
August 01, 2014

Older Kids and the IEP

Getting tweens and teens involved in the process Trisha Shepherd If you are raising a tween or teen who is on the autism spectrum, chances are you've given lots of thought to how their life will look once they're adults....more»
July 01, 2014

Being the One in 68

One teen speaks out about her autism

One in 68. That's how frequently autism is diagnosed in kids. It's a staggering statistic on a disorder that is as elusive as it is pervasive....more»
July 01, 2014

Getting Help for ADHD

Exploring various approaches currently available

According to the CDC, 8.8 percent of children ages 4 to 17 are currently diagnosed with ADHD. In Indiana, 13 percent of children have the diagnosis, making it the fourth highest among all U....more»
June 01, 2014

"Whatever it takes" and a half-century of expertise


While it might seem like a new ABA clinic opens every day in the Indianapolis area, ABA Autism Services by Damar stands out from the crowd....more»
May 01, 2014

Nature Kids

The benefits of being outdoors for special needs children

The sun is shining. Winter coats are hiding. Has spring ever felt sooo good? You know it's warm outside. Do your children know? They should because spending time in nature is great idea for all kids, perhaps even more so for kids with special needs....more»
Elf the musical
Indiana Historical Society
peewinkle's puppet studio