Special Needs

Sensory Learning Play for Kids

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Kids who are ‘sensitive’ or who have a sensory processing disorder can benefit from sensory play. Sensory difficulties are often linked to birth prematurity, trauma or autism, so it’s important to disentangle them. Big Blue Canopy (11230 Cornell Park Drive, Blue Ash, Oh) is a brand-new pediatric gym and physical therapy clinic featuring lots of… Read more »

Top Apps for Special Needs

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These apps are specifically beneficial to special needs children, and for parents and caregivers who interact with them. MATH SKILLS • TeachMe — Reinforces writing, math and spelling skills through sight words, addition and subtraction while keeping kids engaged with a reward system. • Math Evolve — Practice math facts, mental skills and have fun… Read more »

Is it a Speech Disorder?

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“Up, mommy.” “Hi, daddy.” “More please.” These are some of those sweet, long-awaited phrases parents look forward to hearing from their toddler. But what if they’re not saying them? “It’s important to go to well-child visits, because your child’s primary care provider uses questionnaires to determine if certain milestones, such as understanding and talking, are… Read more »

Technology Gives a Voice to Special Needs Kids

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Kingston, 9, loves video games, baseball and reading. The smart boy, who at age 4 had limited verbal ability and delayed fine and gross motor skills, is much more advanced today. At first, Kingston’s parents had no idea what was going on with him. They worked hard to get an official diagnosis when Kingston was… Read more »

Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?

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The school year started out great, but now your child is struggling. What happened? He doesn’t quite understand the new concept, he’s definitely down in the dumps, avoiding his homework … you’re at a loss.    When teachers start getting into their curriculum, things move fast. If a child gets behind, it can be difficult… Read more »

Rising Up & Giving Back

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Meet four local families who found the good when faced with big challenges by giving back to the community and more.

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