Resources for families with special needs

Hailey’s Hand: 8-year-old brings awareness of Poland Syndrome through baseball

Hailey’s Hand: 8-year-old brings awareness of Poland Syndrome through baseball

Eight-year-old Hailey Dawson set a goal to throw the first pitch at every Major League Baseball stadium—and she’s doing just that without a fully developed right hand. Hailey was born with Poland Syndrome, which causes underdeveloped or missing chest muscles on one side of the…

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Who’s Got Back-to-School Jitters? Mom and Dad, that’s who.

Who’s Got Back-to-School Jitters? Mom and Dad, that’s who.

Nerves and butterflies don’t just happen to school-bound students once autumn approaches and the streets fill up again with big yellow buses. Nope. We parents get the jitters, too—especially parents of kids with special needs. We worry: Will his new teacher “get it?” Will the…

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How Parents Can Help Kids with Different Physical Abilities Move into College Housing

How Parents Can Help Kids with Different Physical Abilities Move into College Housing

Your teen is heading off to college—congratulations! It’s a really exciting time for all of you, but it’s also one that requires extra planning. That’s particularly true if your student needs accessible housing. You know your child’s abilities and limitations best, which means you’re in…

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All Inclusive Day of Play & Resource Fair!

All Inclusive Day of Play & Resource Fair!

The Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego is hosting an All Inclusive Day of Play & Resource Fair! On Tuesday, August 7 from 10 am to 1 pm at the North Clairemont Recreation Center, families from around the county are invited to celebrate the…

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You Will Probably Be Fine: Tips for parents of kids with anxiety

You Will Probably Be Fine: Tips for parents of kids with anxiety

When I was 8 or 9 years old, I saw a production of The Nutcracker on TV and fell in love with the idea of ballet. I pirouetted around the house night and day, with dreams of pink slippers in my head, until finally my…

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Kid-tested, Parent-approved Toys for Kids of All Abilities

Kid-tested, Parent-approved Toys for Kids of All Abilities

Kid-tested, parent-approved toys for kids of all abilities!     The Original Fidget Cubes-Marvel Superheroes $9.99; ZURU.com The Original Fidget Cube is a versatile fidget toy featuring six different sides with multiple buttons, dials and switches so fidgeters can quietly focus while clicking, spinning, rolling…

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Zero to 6: Critical Age Windows that Impact Healthy Child Development

Zero to 6: Critical Age Windows that Impact Healthy Child Development

There are two very important early childhood windows that parents should be aware of from the moment a child is born: the 0-6 month window and the 0-6 year window (sometimes referred to as Birth to 5). The two windows set the stage for how…

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5 Local Spots for Outdoor Learning

5 Local Spots for Outdoor Learning

Studies show that kids with special needs spend less time outdoors than typical children. Barriers like inaccessibility and the need for additional supervision might keep them from enjoying the incredible benefits of the natural world. Outdoor spaces provide a feast for the senses—billowing breezes, crunchy…

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I Have Autism: A mother’s story

I Have Autism: A mother’s story

When I tell friends I was recently diagnosed with autism, some of them scoff and call it nonsense. They say I function fine, that I smile, laugh and socialize. I’m a mother who is active in the lives of my three sons; I have published…

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What to Know About Getting Emergency Prescriptions During Disasters

What to Know About Getting Emergency Prescriptions During Disasters

There are many variables involved in obtaining prescription medications during times of disaster, including the overall state of the emergency, type of medication, federal regulations, insurance authorization, corporate pharmacy policies, transportation issues, electronic access, phone communications and more. The best way to prepare is to…

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