Special needs

Summer camp cost: Breaking down the price of day, sleep-away and specialty camps

Whether you’re looking for your child to log extra hours practicing soccer or want them to spend time with friends in the great outdoors, camp is a time-honored tradition for many families. And in households where both parents work, it’s often a necessity — one that, unfortunately, isn’t always cheap... more

Why exercise is important for kids

We know exercise is great for kids’ growing bodies, but how much do we know about all the other benefits? “When I think about exercise, I actually go to the mental health benefits, first,” says Dr. Shelly Flais, mother of four, national AAP spokesperson, assistant professor of pediatrics at... more

6 options for special needs child care

Caring for a child with special needs can be an around-the-clock endeavor. Many parents struggle with the idea of turning over the care of their child to someone else. But as children with special needs grow, many families realize they can't provide the care alone, and finding the right... more

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