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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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Improv on the Spectrum

Improv on the Spectrum

by Anne Malinoski I recently had the privilege of meeting with local nonprofit Unscripted Learning to observe their popular youth improv class. Like many teens I know, the students were quirky, comical and utterly delighted to hassle their teacher when he made a social blunder….

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Book Reviews for Families with Special Needs

Book Reviews for Families with Special Needs

Kids of all abilities have similar experiences, how they manage the process can be different and require more care. We’ve reviewed several books for kids with special needs and the parents and professionals working with them. Some of these are designed for kids with disabilities…

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Student Athletes Prove Life on Wheels Has No Boundaries

Student Athletes Prove Life on Wheels Has No Boundaries

Meet Riley Phelps A single look at Riley Phelps’ activity schedule is exhausting. Whether she’s hitting the slopes in Mammoth with Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (with brother Evan snowboarding by her side), surfing the waves in La Jolla, or cheering on the Chieftains as part…

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5 Great Apps for Kids with Special Needs

5 Great Apps for Kids with Special Needs

If you’re a parent or caregiver of kids with special needs, you may be familiar with apps that help kids learn to navigate social situations. Here are five that specifically help with communication, understanding emotions, managing conflicts and more. Each app is free and available…

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A Beginners Guide to Respite Care

A Beginners Guide to Respite Care

Caregiving is the ultimate act of love, but sometimes the most loving thing to do is take a break. Respite care can provide occasional time away for caregivers to focus on their mental health and strengthen relationships with other loved ones. Here’s the best way…

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Benefits, Risks and Limitations of Genetic Testing

Benefits, Risks and Limitations of Genetic Testing

People consider genetic testing for many reasons, such as having a child with special needs, having a family history of a disorder, planning for pregnancy or simple curiosity. Here is important information to consider if your family is considering genetic testing. BENEFITS of Genetic Testing…

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Top Colleges for Adaptive Sports Programs

Top Colleges for Adaptive Sports Programs

California’s adaptive sports programs continue to grow at the high school and college levels. Changes are especially positive for youth who aspire to college-level adapted athletics or simply want to follow an exceptional adapted team. In November of 2016, CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) created an…

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Enjoy an Accessible San Diego – 10 local spots offer helpful perks to kids and caregivers

Enjoy an Accessible San Diego – 10 local spots offer helpful perks to kids and caregivers

Enjoy an Accessible San Diego 10 local spots offer helpful perks to kids and caregivers Many of San Diego’s favorite parks and museums offer accommodations for kids with special needs—but they’re thinking of parents and caregivers, too. Here are local spots that have amenities designed…

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