Special needs

6 tips for buying toys for special needs children

If you're heading out to a toy store to shop for a gift for a child with special needs, there are some additional considerations to make. So what do you need to know and where do you start? What toys and games are best? What are the best gift choices for kids of all... more

Making sense of diaper sizes for newborn babies on up

It seems like something that should be a pretty cut and dry, but figuring out diaper sizes for newborns, babies or toddlers can be trickier than you’d think — particularly if you’re a first-time parent or new caregiver. Just as the case is with baby clothing sizes, when it comes... more

What parents need to know about how autism spectrum disorder is diagnosed

From learning differently to exhibiting unique behaviors in a social setting, there are a wide variety of signs your child might have autism. Encompassing a broad, diverse spectrum of behaviors and abilities, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today, according to the Centers for... more

10 helpful special needs resources and organizations

When you’re a parent searching for the perfect special needs resources for your family, there are a number of things to consider, including but not limited to, what you’re hoping to get out of the organization. Are you looking to help your child make friends and become more social or... more

10 helpful Down syndrome resources

Down syndrome (DS) is a "common condition caused by having 'extra' copies of genes on the 21st chromosome," according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  Although every person with DS is unique, these extra genes can affect development during pregnancy and childhood and health, learning and related differences throughout the... more

How to tell a parent you suspect their child may have different needs

As caregivers, we want to provide the best care for our charges. But what happens when you work with a child who behaves or learns in ways that fall outside of your experience? Most importantly, when should you voice your concerns to their parents? A caregiver may need to inform... more

Tips and advice for finding the right care for your child with special needs

Finding a rock star caregiver is a challenge for any parent. But for those who have children with disabilities or special needs, it’s often much harder to find quality help. When your child is younger, you can send them to public school, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA... more

11 tips for preparing kids with special needs for the back-to-school transition

It takes work for any parent to successfully prep their kids for heading back to school and starting a new year. But for parents who have children with special needs, the process of transitioning from summer to school can be a little more complex. Whether your child is attending a... more