Stay Cool when Summer Heats Up

Summertime brings special challenges for families whose children have special needs. Some medical conditions and medications make individuals particularly susceptible to the heat. Be sure to check with your doctor about which medications might increase heat sensitivity. Keep in mind that extreme heat combined with humidity can make a person even more vulnerable. It’s harder Read More

Explore Adaptive Play with Your Child

Adaptive Play provides fun and engaging ways for children to learn new skills from occupational or physical therapists. Teachers in developmental preschools and kindergartens also make Adaptive Play part of their days. You can too! Simply put, Adaptive Play is games and toys that work for children with unique physical or mental capacities. Special ways Read More

Social Emotional Learning, Part 3: Tools for Regulation and Resiliency

A Brief Overview Behavior is a form of communication. So-called “bad” behavior might mean that a child doesn’t know how to cope with an overwhelming, confusing situation. Research shows that children who are taught self-regulation learn better at school. This article describes a few practical tools and techniques to help children manage their emotions and Read More

Get Ready for Summer with Camp Planning

Planning summer camp for children with special needs requires a bit of extra thinking and planning. Your initial questions might feel fear-based: Will the camp be accessible enough? Will she be safe? Will they care for him?  Will the kids be nice? Is she ready? Am I ready?  Getting organized can alleviate your fears and Read More

Organize Your Child’s Medical and School Documents with a Care Notebook

A Care Notebook is an important tool for parents of children with special medical and school needs. This “notebook” might be a three-ring binder, an accordion file or a portable file box; it’s a place where you gather and organize important paperwork. You can include business cards and contacts, a call log, a calendar, emergency/crisis Read More