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How to Use Social Media Without Judging Yourself—or Your Kids

Photo: Christina Furnival via Real Life Mama
Who uses social media? 
*Counts sea of hands* 

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Do you ever notice how social media can mess with our understanding of our individual children’s developmental paths? We often…

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The Struggle Is Real

“In a year of isolation, we unexpectedly found community. We unexpectedly found joy. We found the ability to, dare I say, thrive in the midst of a chaotic and hectic year.”

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The Day the Tables Turned

“I suddenly found myself trying to flip the switch from teacher, to mom. I wasn’t advocating for accommodations for my students anymore, I was doing it for my own child.”

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Kindness Is Our Superpower

“I’m choosing to be a person that my kids would be proud of it and it starts with being kind to everyone.”

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My Child Was Diagnosed with Autism. Now What?

“Helpful guidance to parents, caregivers, and any friend or family member seeking to support a family experiencing challenges that come with an autism diagnosis.”

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I Have a Child with Special Needs But Sometimes, His Siblings Need Me More

Confession: I am not an expert on all things parenting—yet I am proud in my imperfections. My world forever changed in 2005 when, at the age of 18, I gave birth of my firstborn son. Fast-forward to now and I’m…

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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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This Toy Invention Is Changing Kid’s Lives

What started as a simple, fun ride-on toy for kids has unexpectedly morphed into a mobility device and a business that is helping children with special needs thrive both physically and emotionally.

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Knowing When to Let My Son Take the Lead Has Never Been Easy

“Oakley was an exuberant puzzle of a child and he still is.”

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CDC Issues Encouraging Update on Rare, Polio-Like Disease

The end of this mysterious disease could be in sight—for now.

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This Dad Carried His Newborn Across a Marathon Finish Line & The Reason Will Move You

Break out your tissues for the incredible story behind this viral photo.

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She Couldn’t Hold Her Pencil “Right”—& I Knew Something Was Wrong

“Her preschool and now elementary school teachers kept reassuring me she would grow out of it. That night, I knew that she would not.”

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Just Opened: A New Theraplay NYC Sensory Gym

Queens welcomes fresh space for development, open play, classes and more!

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What I Learned from an Expert about How Free Play Helps Kids to Thrive

Photo: Madlivn’ Design and Photography
Angela Hanscom was practicing occupational therapy with children when she had an “Ah-ha” moment.  Almost all of the activities she was prescribing to treat children with sensory, attention, or balance issues were things that children…

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School Ban Fidget Spinners? Here are some Alternatives

Many schools are banning these tools-turned-toys, but there are other fidget devices that can help students.

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19 Amazing Things to Do with Kids on the Spectrum

Check out these incredible LA outings and organizations for kids on the spectrum.

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Just Opened: Hunter’s Threads for Conscientious Consignment

Shopping second-hand never felt so good! This new kids’ consignment shop in the Outer Sunset doubles as a haven for kids with developmental delays.

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Coping With the Back to School Blues: 9 Tips for Students and Parents

The beginning of the school year brings up a range of feelings for students of all ages. There is the promise of a fresh start: new notebooks, pencils and crayons, different teachers and classmates. Some kids are eager to see…

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Just Opened: Roo’s World of Discovery

We’ve got the inside scoop on this new indoor play space that caters to little ones with special needs and to those kids (and parents) looking for a tranquil and nurturing play environment.

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8 Stellar Sensory Gyms for Kids in NYC

Check out our top spots for developmental help — and fun — with the pros!

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