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Five Things Children with Autism Wish You Knew

Five Things Children with Autism Wish You Knew

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is associated with difficulties in social interaction, delayed or impaired verbal and nonverbal communication and restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behaviors, interests and activities.

December 2013
Raising Gifted

Raising Gifted

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) says, “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10 percent or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).”

October 2013
Without a Word

Without a Word

Older now and verbal, they always ask to go out and always obey our directions to stay in the yard. This makes me more comfortable, but I’ll never forget Ian’s grin when he figured out how to unhook the door without a word.

April 2013
Kansas City's Fall Festivals: 2013

Kansas City's Fall Festivals: 2013

Autumn means Fall Festivals in Kansas City! From apples to pumpkins, crafts to carnivals, ethnic festivals, and much much more... celebrate everything autumn at a local fair!

Fall-Winter 2013
Different Options for Special Needs at School

Different Options for Special Needs at School

Children—like all people—come in all shapes and sizes, and the same can be said of children with special needs. Whether academic, social/behavioral or twice exceptional, special needs children come under the protection of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

December 2012
Adopting Special Needs Children

Adopting Special Needs Children

In the adoption field, special needs usually refers to older children living in foster care homes who may have significant physical, learning, medical and social-emotional or behavioral challenges.

November 2012
AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS: ADHD

AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS: ADHD

Stepping out of the doctor’s office, arms loaded with pamphlets and prescriptions, you feel a little shell-shocked. Your child has just been diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). What do you do now?

March 2012
Raising the Other Child

Raising the Other Child

How do families strike a balance, ensuring that siblings feel just as honored as their special need child, who requires more time and attention?

December 2011
Breaking Down the Barriers of Autism

Breaking Down the Barriers of Autism

Autism is an umbrella term encompassing a number of neurological disorders characterized by deficits in language, developmental and social skills. Learn more about autism and how to help your child.

October 2011

Why I Want a Wizard

When I was approached several weeks ago about writing a blog review of the new book The Sword of Darrow by Alex and Hal Malchow, I was both excited and apprehensive. As the father of a special needs child, I was excited by the fact the book was written by a father and son team who also struggled to “overcome” the son’s special needs. I was excited by the fact that each of the main characters struggled with their own unique physical and learning “disability” (I really hate that word by the way because it implies that a person can’t do something, when they simply have to do it a different way). I was looking forward to reading about characters as they faced their special needs in an “authentic” way, as the author Alex Malchow faced his own dyslexia.

May 2011

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