8 Ways To Get The Best Medical Care For Your Kids

BOOK EXCERPT TIPS FOR PARENTS FROM HEALING CHILDREN: A SURGEON’S STORIES FROM THE FRONTIERS OF PEDIATRIC MEDICINE BY KURT NEWMAN, M.D. Over the years I’ve found myself giving advice to parents about how to tackle the confounding range of decisions involved in finding the right doctors and medical care for their children. A good guiding principle is that the more you use experts and facilities that specialize in pediatric care, the better your child’s experience […]


How Shared Care Plans Help Children With Special Needs And Their Families

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. Shared plans of care are records of health information communicated with the medical team and patient. This allows primary care providers, specialists and others to communicate with each other, as well as allowing access to essential medical information to families of children with special needs. Why Does Your Child Need a Shared Care Plan? Sometimes children with special needs have multiple conditions which could be affected by each other. For example, […]


Can You Hear Me Now?

BY JAMIE VALIS, PHD A coach stands on the side-lines, providing messages of strategy and tactics to an athlete. A referee blows the whistle to signal the stoppage of play. A teammate yells encouraging words on the field. The fans roar with applause after an athlete scores a goal. Athletes rely on hearing for direction, encouragement, teamwork, and safety. “The prevalence of hearing loss for adults with intellectual disabilities is higher than for persons in […]


The Importance Of Enrichment Programs For Students With Learning Differences

BY EMILY MARTON, B.S. State funding of school districts has continued to weaken nationwide since 2008. In fact, at least 31 states provided less state funding per student in the 2014 school year (end) than in the 2008 school year before the recession took hold (CBPP, 2016). These budget cuts cripple the ability for schools to maximize student learning potential and creative development, usually beginning with the elimination of arts and enrichment programs. Ironically, these […]