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Special Needs News: Week of 11/27/11

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

1. Disability Programs in Limbo Following Supercommittee Collapse

2. Sensory Motor Holiday Gift Suggestions

3. Long Acting Schizophrenia Drugs May Cut Relapse Rate

4. Restricted Diets Don’t Have To Limit Your Holiday Baking

5. Autism Therapy More Successful When Peers Involved

6. Achilles Kids Brings Sports To Kids With Disabilities

7. Girl With Down Syndrome Lands Modeling Deal

8. A Teacher’s Guide to OCD in the Classroom

Workshops for ADD/ADHD, OCD, Anxiety and More

October 30, 2011 1 comment

The Child Mind Institute runs a great series of workshops several times per month, on topics that range from “OCD at school” to “selective mutism and the holidays” to “demystifying problematic behavior in young children.” A couple that I’m particularly interested in are:

Hey, Quit Pushing! Making Play Successful for Your Child with ADHD

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Time: 06:15 PM — 07:30 PM
Child Mind Institute
Fascitelli Board Room
445 Park Avenue (entrance on 56th Street)
New York, NY 10022

  • Public Event

Social skills are key to life and kids with ADHD often struggle to control their impulses during play. Dr. Steven Kurtz demonstrates how to setup really successful play experiences at home, school, and in the community.




Advocacy 101: CSEs, IEPs, 504s and How to Get Help in the System

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Time: 06:15 PM — 07:30 PM
Child Mind Institute
Fascitelli Board Room
445 Park Ave (entrance on 56th St)
New York, NY 10022

  • Public Event

A strong support network is needed for children with ADHD to thrive academically and socially. For parents, advocating for your child can be enormously challenging—and parents can become lost in the school system. Susan Schwartz discusses the steps parents can take to get the services their children need and deserve.

You can register for the events listed above as well as many more online. Make sure to check out the complete list at

Want To Find Out What Your Special Needs Child Is Thinking? Here’s Your Chance!!

October 15, 2011 Leave a comment

I have lost count of the times I have thought to myself (or said aloud) “What are you thinking about?” or “What were you thinking?” or “What are you doing?!” or “Whywhywhywhywhy?” about something James has said or done (or not done). I have also blogged about the matter-of-fact, often firm-borderline-strict approach we have taken regarding behavior we consider to be disruptive, harmful or beyond unusual.

But oh, what I would give to know what is behind some of the behaviors, some of the strange things James says to other people, some of the things that upset James that we consider just plain crazy. If only he was able to explain to us the “why,” I feel like I could be a more patient, compassionate, empathetic mother and human being.

So I am beyond excited about the prospect that Lydia Wayman could be speaking at one of our meetings this Spring. Please help me make this incredible, unique event possible by purchasing tickets early and passing this information along to anyone who might be interested.

This could be a life changing experience for anyone who knows and cares about someone with ASDs, PDD, OCD, and Sensory Processing Disorders – what better perspective to gain than an insider perspective?

Pieces of Me: A Life on the Spectrum
Author and blogger Lydia Wayman will give a presentation based on her writings, including new book Living in Technicolor: An autistic’s thoughts on raising a child with autism.  She will bring you into the world of autism so that you can better help your child.  Lydia will take questions following the presentation.
Lydia Wayman is a 23-year-old author, speaker, blogger, and advocate from Pittsburgh, PA.  She also has autism.  When she’s not writing, Lydia enjoys reading, sewing and knitting, swimming, and above all, her mom and her cat.
Some sneak peeks at what Lydia has to say:
This event is conditional on raising enough money to pay for the event. That’s where you come in. Regular tickets are $15, though discount tickets are available (enter any amount that is affordable to you). Please consider making a donation to help fund the cost of this presentation – there are some serious perks that come with a Premier or VIP ticket! All ticket proceeds go directly toward the cost of the event and Lydia’s travel expenses.

Click here for more details and to reserve tickets!

A Special Day For Special Kids at West Hills Day Camp on July 30, 2011

June 16, 2011 2 comments

As summer approaches I have spent more and more time looking for fun activities and events near NYC for James, and last night I stumbled across this one – it looks promising.

Below is a description of the event as well as a map of the grounds, taken from the site

The 7th Annual Special Day for Special Kids (SD4SK), being held on Saturday July 30, 2011 at West Hills Day Camp, is excited to bring you a Summer Festival like no other. SD4SK is dedicated to children with special needs, a place where children of all ages, with autism spectrum disorder, Asperger syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD, OCD, and other related neurobiological disorders, can feel comfortable enough to let go and just have fun in a safe environment. While these Special Kids are enjoying the many activities being offered, we will be bringing information and resources to parents and professionals in the field. Years prior, we have welcomed over 500 patrons to this event, and this year, we expect even more. 


The site has many more details about the big day including a list of expert presentations – some of the experts will speak about life care planning, ABA therapy, motor speech disorders, due process rights at school and government benefits.  The stage schedule varies from reptile shows to dance performances. Ticket prices are very reasonable, and even less $$ if you buy them online.

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