How Team Sports Benefit Students With Special Needs

BY HELENE SCHORR, M.S. AND ERIN VLASAK, M.S. HOW CAN WE ENCOURAGE AND MOTIVATE SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM, TO MAKE SOME TYPE OF EXERCISE OR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PART OF THEIR WEEKLY ROUTINE? Many students with special needs have had a hard time throughout their schooling when it comes to physical education, especially organized team sports. This negative feeling towards sports and physical activity can carry over through adulthood. As we […]

ep Website Re-launch: Understanding the redesign

ep today unveils a dramatic redesign of its Website which debuts with its annual autism issue. The updated Website marks the second step in a rolling redesign of, which began with the combined re-architecture of “ep special needs connect.” The ep website redesign enhances the aesthetics of, while fostering participation and interactivity between readers, content creators and marketers in order to meet the demands of a new and evolving media in the special […]

Don’t Need Government Benefits? Create a Financial Strategy As Though You Do.

If you have a child with special needs who’s nearing adulthood, you may hear that you should take precautions to protect eligibility for government benefits. But what if you don’t want or need those benefits for your child? “Even if you believe you have plenty of money to care for your child,” says Lea Bancroft, MSFS, CLU, ChFC, ChSNC, a Special Care Planner1 associated with MassMutual Rochester2 in Rochester, New York, a general agency of […]

Pressure Mapping For Wheelchair Users

BY DR. KIRSTEN DAVIN, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS As a parent or caregiver of a child who utilizes a wheelchair, one understands the constant struggle of incorporating comfort, function and safety within a child’s seating system. The threat of skin breakdown or pressure related wounds is real and can create a life-threatening concern if not properly addressed. Today, within the United States, we are seeing more wheelchair users than ever before. Recent estimates suggest at […]

Early Intervention is Smart for Finances, Too

As important as early intervention is to the health and wellbeing of your child, so is early attention to creating a financial strategy for your family. “Parents with a child who’s recently been diagnosed with a life-changing injury, illness, or condition has little time for other concerns,” acknowledges Chadwick Noyes, CLU, ChFC, ChSNC, a Special Care Planner1 with Hoopis Financial Group2 in Chicago, Illinois, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company  (MassMutual). “However, […]

Looking Behind And Beyond The Screen

BY DR STEPHEN B. CORBIN Albert Einstein observed that if one does the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result, it is the definition of insanity. That seems like a man on the street type of observation that makes a lot of sense. There is a corollary to that observation, equally as true, but rarely stated – if you fail to take an action that could change or fix something, right […]

Concerns About Autism

As the country’s leading public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to protecting the health of all Americans–including infants, children, and adolescents. CDC shares with parents and many others great concern about the number of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We are committed to understanding what causes autism, how it can be prevented, and how it can be recognized and treated as early as possible. Estimates released in […]

Siblings of Children with Disabilities

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) AND MISHA GAREY, DDS Parents must never lose sight of the dynamics of the family with a child(ren) with disabilities and continue to emphasize the potential impact on siblings while considering the current and long term plans for the youngster(s) with special needs. In the United States, there are millions of brothers and sisters […]

Making Sense of Genetic Testing for Autism Spectrum Disorders

BY LAUREN LICHTEN GENETIC ALLIANCE BY LAUREN LICHTEN, MS CGC Although it is a routine recommendation to offer genetic testing to all children who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the thought of genetic testing can be unsettling to many parents. It also can be very difficult for families and doctors to obtain clear and accurate information about genetic testing for ASDs in an age where our knowledge of genetics is growing […]

Special Needs Trusts – How Much Trouble Are They To Manage?

Trusts are wonderfully flexible planning devices — but that does mean you have to do the planning. BY ROBERT B FLEMING, CELA and BERNARD A KROOKS, CELA – A client recently asked the following question: I’m thinking about setting up a special needs trust for my son, who has a developmental disability. Will it mean a lot more work for my daughter, who will be handling my estate? It’s a fair question, and one we hear a lot. No […]