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All-Inclusive Virtual READ 3X3 Literacy Event Success

All-Inclusive Virtual READ 3X3 Literacy Event Success

Thanks for joining us at the 2nd annual All-Inclusive READ 3 x 3 Literacy Event hosted by the Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego. We had a great time working with local authors, Henry Herz, Margarita Elizondo and Cindy Jenson-Elliott as well as our…

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Useful Products for Families with Special Needs

Useful Products for Families with Special Needs

  Wobble Cushion $19.99; LakeshoreLearning.comJust place this handy cushion on the floor or on a chair—for flexible seating anywhere. This super-durable vinyl cushion is specially designed to let children wiggle and wobble while they sit…helping kids focus as they move. It features large nubs on…

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San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Someone San Diego Should Know” – Emily Dolton

San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Someone San Diego Should Know” – Emily Dolton

Our resource specialist Emily Dolton was recently featured in San Diego Union-Tribune‘s “Someone San Diego Should Know” column.  Emily has been instrumental in the development of the Special Needs Resource Foundation and our annual Flourishing Families resource guide, available for free to San Diego and Imperial County residents.  Emily has…

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Superhero Sensory Sidewalk Course

Superhero Sensory Sidewalk Course

Create a Superhero-Themed Obstacle Course  Who doesn’t love an old-fashioned obstacle course? San Diego artist Emily Dolton created an amazing superhero-themed course with sidewalk chalk and toys to inspire families to make their own. Use outdoor toys you have around the house. Be sure to…

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Music Moves Us: The Buzz on Local Musician Steph Johnson

Music Moves Us: The Buzz on Local Musician Steph Johnson

Two years ago, Steph Johnson and Brady Grinnell were on the cover of Flourishing Families, our annual publication featuring resources and articles for parents of children with special needs. Brady has Autism and was featured as part of an article on music therapy, while local…

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Programs that Offer Faith-Based Support

Programs that Offer Faith-Based Support

When Amanda Coleman responded to a friend’s invitation to visit a faith-based program for families with special needs, she didn’t know what to expect. Coleman, who doesn’t consider herself religious, recognized the importance of finding support as she and her family waded through medical information,…

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Home Learning Resources for Kids with Special Needs

Home Learning Resources for Kids with Special Needs

Families are facing unprecedented challenges in the wake of shelter-in-place guidelines. As teachers rally to support caregivers for in-home learning, parents also face the task of setting up homes and schedules to manage students’ educational needs. This can be much more complicated when a child…

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Inclusion Films Produces the Award-Winning Film, Carol of the Bells

Inclusion Films Produces the Award-Winning Film, Carol of the Bells

Inclusion Films—dedicated to training filmmakers who have developmental disabilities—celebrated a huge win at the San Diego International Film Festival in October 2019. The organization’s first feature-length project Carol of the Bells earned the festival’s coveted Audience Choice Feature Film Award after a screening moved viewers…

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How to Safeguard Children with Special Needs from Bullying

How to Safeguard Children with Special Needs from Bullying

When young Cody joined the peer inclusion preschool at his neighborhood public school, he fit in from the start. His class was a mix of neurotypical “peer mentors” and children with disabilities, including students like Cody with apraxia of speech, a motor speech disorder that…

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The How and Why of Self-Care for Caregivers

The How and Why of Self-Care for Caregivers

Many caregivers live with chronic stress—the kind that gnaws at mental and physical health. It can lead to burnout, fatigue and strained relationships. Parenting a child with special needs can be all-consuming, but caregivers who practice effective stress-management can improve the whole family’s wellness. “I’ve…

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