Five Books to Consider, Especially for Special Needs Kids

There are many books for parents of kids with special needs. What seems to be missing is a good list of books for the children themselves. Below are five books worth reading with or to your special needs child....

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Letter Recognition Toys

My son is non-verbal autistic, so we are working on letters and words many times a day in the hopes that one day it will just "click." He's made great strides, and we have a few toys to thank...

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Special Needs Kids: Tips for Daytrips

When you have a special needs child, sometimes getting out of the house and into the crowds and hustle and bustle of the city can be difficult. Whether you need wheelchair access or a quieter atmosphere, simple excursions like...

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Your Lovely Parting Gift: Goodie Bag Ideas

It's not just celebrities that are on the party circuit! It seems like there's a kids' birthday party every weekend—and, gasp, sometimes it's your turn to throw the shindig. When you're the hostess with the mostest (and sometimes the...

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Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine's Day for me evokes memories of making tissue box mailboxes and trying to eat all of the sugary goodness that came with cute pictures of cats on tiny cards before getting home from school. These days kids give...

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Rotating Toys = A Happy Mom

At our house, we have toys coming out your ears. With three boys ranging from three to twelve years-old, We probably have about every toy they sell in the "boy aisles," or at least that's the way it seems...

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Too Many Toys? Donate to your local School.

My youngest son just started preschool. He is on the autism spectrum, so he is required to go to public school to receive his therapies. Long story short: our school district is one of the poorest in the entire...

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How to Stay Sane While Out to Eat with Kids.

When you were young and kid-free, you could go to eat at just about any restaurant. Fine dining? No problem! Local dive bar? Even better! Chain restaurant with a kids eat free night? Um, pass. Then you have your...

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Halloween Fun: Trick or Treat or Toys?

This year will mark my twelfth year for trick-or-treating with kids. I'm a seasoned pro. I can spot the candy my kids will toss out from a mile away. I know which neighbors give out the full sized bars...

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When does collecting turn into obsession?

Everyone likes to collect things. I think it's in our hunting/gathering, human nature. My collections sometimes turn into a bit of an obsession. A few of you parents will understand (and probably nod your head) as I explain. It started...

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