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Go Time: 8 of the Best Family Vacations for Spring and Summer

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UPDATED June 13th, 2018 It’s spring! Finally! And while this warmer, sunnier and more cheerful season is a welcomed change from winter for many people across the country, it also comes with its own challenges, like planning the best family…
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Real Talk: How to Pick Up on the Signs of Dyslexia in Kids

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When you become a parent it is terrifying. Even if everything goes smoothly from birth to the teenage years (and beyond) you are perpetually scared that something will go wrong. And sure enough, something will go wrong. It might be something…
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The Tough Call: Should My Kid Be on Meds?

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My son was a middle child even before he became a middle child—always needy for attention, a bit on the rambunctious side, and always getting in the middle of everything. All of my friends and family would exclaim, “Wow! He is so smart!…
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15 Signs Your Child May Have ADHD

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As many as one in ten children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the U.S. each year. Behavioral problems associated with ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Children can begin exhibiting…
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Tips to Stimulate Your Child With Special Needs

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Early intervention, therapy and stimulation may consume your life after your child is born with special needs or has been diagnosed with any type of disability. You’ll hear time and time again that the first three years of a child’s life…
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What to Do if Your Child is Not Doing Well in School

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UPDATED August 1st, 2016 It’s a source of stress for many of us parents when our children don’t do well in school. We want the best for our kids. We know that excelling in school is the ticket into college and a successful future.…

Autism Speaks: My Name is David

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This great video for Autism Speaks, by one of the animators of the popular cartoon Robot Chicken, features the actual words and voice of 14-year-old David Shapiro Sharif. We applaud his efforts to give a voice to those living with autism. This…
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How a Mom of a Child with Special Needs Handles Stress

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Parents of kids with special needs tend to experience more stressful situations than typical parents. As a mother to two children who have been diagnosed with Down syndrome, I’ve encountered all sorts of isolation and stress while raising…
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First Steps When Your Child is Born With Special Needs

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The diagnosis is a reality: your child has special needs. Receiving the news of a child’s disability is one of the hardest times in the lives of a family or a couple. Nobody expects or wishes to have a child with a disability, but it happens…
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How Parents of Children with Special Needs Can Set Realistic Goals

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The last two weeks of the year may feel like a race to the finish line for some parents, as we scurry to make sure our kids have a special holiday. Then when January 1 arrives, most of us feel hopeful and hungry for a new start. Every New…