Holiday Shopping Ideas for Every Kid on Your List

These 8 key categories will teach you how to spot the best toys for language learning and getting cognitive wheels turning! Go Old School The classics are classic for a reason! Baby’s first Christmas? Check out these Uncle Goose classic blocks. Second time around, upgrade to
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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A Time To Be Thankful

November is one of my favorite months (besides June because that’s my birthday!). November is a month I have chosen the last several years to use for reflection and gratitude. It is the month of Thanksgiving after all! Over the years I have done many things during November. One of whi
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No, My Son Isn’t Rude. He’s Autistic, and We’re All Doing the Best We Can.

Midway through American Airlines Flight 101 from Heathrow to JFK, shortly after our microwaved meatball dinners were tossed out like frisbees, the flight attendant asked my son Ian if he wanted another beverage. He intently played his Tetris game on the backseat video console without
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To Parents of Children With Autism Who Worry About the Future

Dear Parents of Children with Autism, You are true warriors. You’re the most determined individuals on Earth. You’re tired. You’re probably in need of a shower because you haven’t been able to leave your child’s side for even a few minutes. You may be running around trying to balance
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Is Your Website Accessible to Children with Special Needs?

Roughly 34.2 million people in the United States have a functional limitation; this number encompasses children as well. It’s easy to take for granted the little things we can easily do everyday, like accessing the internet. Online access has become a staple in children’s education, a
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My Love / Hate Relationship with IEPs

I usually don’t start a post with a disclaimer but please accept this one time. This post is based on my personal experience as a mom and is also based on the way things were run in the city of Cleveland, Ohio 15 years ago… so read it with all that in mind! I was going through a purgi
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Catching Waves For Well-Being

Surf therapy programs often focus on children with autism or anxiety, or groups like veterans or cancer survivors. Evidence indicates that surfing has a positive effect on mindfulness in addition to its physical benefits. Learn more about surf therapy and a California-based surf thera
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Remembering How Mel Tillis Overcame Stuttering To Be A Country Music Star

Did you enjoy watching Ken Burns’ latest documentary, “Country Music” on PBS? I can’t say that I’m a big country music fan, but I truly enjoyed learning the way that history, culture, and geography have woven together over time to produce what we now know
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Orange Effect Launches FUND60 Campaign

There are so many Joshuas. Since sharing with people our story, the journey of Joshua who at age three did not talk with words, but only with grunts and gestures, who is now a senior in high school at a regular education school, I have heard many stories from other families with simil
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