Are We There Yet? Make Summer Trips Extra Memorable

BY KAREN KABAKI-SISTO, M.S. CCC-SLP Your child ought to be a highly active participant in your family getaway – and more confident and excited than ever to share their experiences with others. Summer vacations, an important part of childhood, create lasting memories. You can help your child with special needs enjoy all of the awe and wonderment of those special family getaways with the following suggestions! BEFORE THE VACATION TIME CONCEPTS Mark the date of […]


BY IDA KEIPER AND JESEMINE JONES; ILLUSTRATIONS BY BREE RUBIN When you travel and explore the world with your children, you have the opportunity to share their experiences and enthusiasm. On the other hand, children also benefit from traveling. For travel is full of teachable moments and, for children with special needs, the experiences are no different. Travel provides opportunities for them to practice and improve social and communication skill and promotes cognitive growth. Families […]

Planning For The Future:Ensuring Your Children’s Care through Elder Law

BY AMY BOULWARE Knowing your family will be safe and secure, even when you may not be around to care for them, is a concern nearly every parent faces—a concern only amplified for parents of children with special needs. But it’s not an issue without an answer. Elder law— which specializes in special needs trusts, estate planning, incapacity procedures and more — is a powerful tool that can not only ensure your peace of mind […]

10 Things to Know about Summer Fun & Safety

10 Things to Know about Summer Fun & Safety Summer Reading. Summer is time for a well-deserved break from school. However, taking a complete break can cause students, including those with learning disabilities, to fall behind in their studies. But there are ways that parents can keep children reading all summer long and help them have fun while doing it!  Great Schools has strategies to get kids excited about reading, including reading together and playing word […]

Children with Acquired Disabilities

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY BY H. BARRY WALDMAN DDS, MPH, PHD, RICK RADER, MD; STEVEN P. PERLMAN DDS, MSCD, DHL (HON) AND MISHA GAREY, DDS A review of the three latest federal government reports on individuals with disabilities in the U.S. did not find a single reference to “acquired disabilities.” “The World Health Organization defines disability as loss of function at the level of the whole person, which may include inability to […]