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Children with Dyslexia

School-Based Accommodations for Children with Dyslexia

Oftentimes, children with dyslexia begin to dread the new school year with all of its perceived difficulties. Find out what you can do to help.

Dr. Liz Matheis
wheelchair costumes

Wheelchair Costumes: Halloween Ideas for Kids with Wheels

Wheelchair costumes! In the spirit of fashion for all abilities, I’m sharing a few easy ideas for Halloween costumes that can be adapted for wheelchairs.

Jamie Sumner

Adopting a Child with Down Syndrome: Tips and Resources

When we realized we were naturals as special needs parents, we decided to adopt a second child with Down syndrome. Happy National Adoption Awareness Month!

Alethea Mshar
cerebral palsy

Nike Signs Its First Professional Athlete with Cerebral Palsy

Nike signs its first professional athlete with cerebral palsy and it’s a win for all of us. Parents of children with special needs: the sky's the limit.

Jamie Sumner
down syndrome

The One Thing That’s True About Every Person with Down Syndrome

I have two sons and have met dozens of people with Down syndrome. The one thing I know to be true about all people with Down syndrome is this.

Alethea Mshar

Here’s What Autumn and Cooler Weather Mean for My Disabled Son

When I think of autumn and what the cooler weather means for my disabled son, I worry about what might go wrong. But his adaptability never ceases to amaze.

Jamie Sumner
complex child

Learning to Trust My Gut as the Parent of a Complex Child

As parent and primary caregiver of a complex child, you know your child best. Trust your gut and question the professionals when you need to.

Alethea Mshar
support system

Special Needs Parenting: When Your Support System Fails

As parents of a child with special needs, we all know it. That fear we all fear when our support system fails and we are parenting alone.

Jamie Sumner

Instead of A Balance Beam, We Got A Teeter Totter

For my family, balance is not a reasonable aspiration. Instead I’ll seek to triumph in the highs and rebound from the lows of this teeter totter life.

Alethea Mshar
the birds and the bees

How to Talk to Your Special Needs Child about the Birds and the Bees

The birds and the bees …oh geez, do we really have to go there? Yes, we do. Our children with special needs are still kids who are hungry for information.

Dr. Liz Matheis
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