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NYC Kids Weekend Events: Sep. 17-19

It’s a jam-packed weekend full of fun!

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A Stunning New Exhibit & Other Fab Reasons to Visit The Morton Arboretum

Looking for nap time-inducing activities? You’ll find those elusive zzz’s after a day well spent at The Morton Arboretum.

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Virtual Reality-Based Therapy for Neurodivergent Individuals?

“It is important that neurodivergent individuals are given options to learn and grow to diminish or conquer particular challenges.”

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Love Carries Us Through

“Beautiful, heartbreaking, hard work, celebrations, hitting milestones, regressions, starting over. It’s a constant roller coaster of emotions. But the one constant that will never change is our enormous love.”

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37 Indoor Play Spots Around the Bay Area

Climbing gyms, bounce houses, LEGO spots and more—this massive list has them all!

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5 Things I Wish You Knew about Autism

“Every day we choose to define our lives through embracing differences, kindness, understanding, unconditional love, adventure, laughter, hope and faith.”

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11 All-Abilities Playgrounds That Welcome All Children

Kids of all abilities can play alongside their peers at these playgrounds that are wheelchair accessible and take into consideration the special needs of all children.

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When Your Child Elopes

“Despite all the precautions, in one second, in the blink of an eye, my greatest fear could come true.”

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3 Things a Disney Movie about a Dinosaur & Non-Verbal Child Taught Me

“Maybe this was only a fictional Disney Pixar movie. Maybe Kanen has just taught me to look at life through a new lens. Regardless. I’m thankful for both.”

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Christmas through My Autistic Son’s Eyes

“I can’t make my son enjoy Christmas the way I did and do, but I can join him in enjoying it in the way he does.”

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The Darker Side of Motherhood

“I need breaks from my child sometimes. Not in the cute hiding in the bathroom eating a candy bar way, but in the crying into my pillow wishing I had more endurance and patience way.”

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Before We Knew Autism

“Most days are hard. There are meltdowns, frustrations, isolation, worry, and confusion. Then there are moments of amazing. The moments that keep us going.”

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There Is No Room for Shame Here

“I’m not ashamed of autism and you shouldn’t be either because it’s not about a diagnosis. It’s about the person.”

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30 Mom-Founded Clothing Brands Our Editors Love

The best baby, kids and maternity clothing out there!

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I Was Surprised to Learn Amanda Gorman and I Have This in Common

“Love who you are and be who you are, at all costs. Once you commit to this kind of philosophy, the sky’s the limit.”

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When Everything & Nothing Changes

“Despite receiving the diagnosis I always suspected, I knew him just like I had known him from the very moment he took his first breath into the world.”

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Finally Piecing the Puzzle Together

“I recognize that puzzle that is my son may take longer to construct, but I will no longer force pieces together that just don’t fit.”

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Diagnosis Day & The World After

“It had been a long 24 hours. One minute I was in the preschool pick-up line living my best life and the next I was on the phone being told that there was an opening to get Whitman evaluated for autism.”

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What I’ve Learned about Parenting My Kid on the Autism Spectrum during COVID-19

“A huge lesson that I have learned having Dominic with me during this time of the pandemic is that he has to learn to adapt to this world, the world isn’t going to adapt for him.”

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NYC & Company Launches Virtual Field Trips

Visit the five boroughs from your home.

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Finding Joy and Humor in Raising a Child on the Spectrum

“Life is not easy having a child on the spectrum, but having a positive attitude and learning to laugh at the little things certainly makes it better. “

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5 Tips for Parents of Kids on the Autism Spectrum

“I’m sharing my experience as a parent who, like his child, is on the autism spectrum—I did not learn this until after I became a father—and may help you navigate and make the journey more manageable.”

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A Sensory-Friendly Aquatic Presentation and Other Inclusive Activities

We’ve got the scoop on autism-friendly performances, resources and other low-key spots to get out and about with your special needs child.

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The Best Kids 100 Books of 2019, According to Us (& Our Kids)

From tough topics to joyful history, this years collection of books have been vetted by our editors, and their kids.

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5 Strategies to Help You Rise above Bullying

Despite the noble efforts of many to keep bullying at bay and to educate the public as to how to do so, the reality of bullying nonetheless persists. Here are five strategies to help you and your kids overcome the emotional damage that comes along with being a target.

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NYC Autism-Friendly Museums, Theaters & Programs

Lots of places in the city offer alternatives, adjustments and resources so your family can relax and have fun!

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7 Clever Ways to Create a Sensory Play Space at Home

Sensory play works as the foundation for all the skills a child needs to solve math problems, read and write during regular school hours. And setting up a sensory play space at home is easy if you follow these simple tips that won’t cost a lot of time or money.

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Daily Fun: Best Drop-in Classes for Every Day of the Week

Looking for something to do today? Try a new drop-in class near you!

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7 Sensory Arts & Craft Projects for Children with Autism

Children diagnosed with autism tend to struggle with sensory stimulation, from the touch, noise, taste, or other sensitivities. Here are 7 sensory arts and crafts activities are designed to help overcome sensory difficulties.

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7 Autism-Friendly Amusement Parks Everyone Will Love

These parks have stepped up to make sure all families can enjoy their hard-earned vacation.

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Sun, Sand & Slime: Nickelodeon’s Resort in Punta Cana

Stressing over planning your next family vacation? Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic might be just the ticket for the fun and relaxation combo you’re looking for.

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The Best New Kids Books, March 2019

March means we are springing forward into a whole new season of books.

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Fun for Everyone: Special Needs Play Resources in the Bay Area

Because very kid is different and develops at their own pace, we have rounded up the spots and activities where all children will feel welcomed and loved—just as they are!

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Hamilton County Indiana: Your Next Epic Family Adventure

Balloon rides, train trips, aerial adventure and more. Get creative and adventurous while exploring Hamilton County Indiana with the fam.

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Road Trip! There’s More Than Mickey in The OC

Shhhh, don’t tell Tinkerbell, but Disneyland isn’t the only place your family should go when you visit the OC. We have the full scoop of all there is to do when you visit!

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