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Special Needs Families: Relatives and Holidays

Special needs families are far from typical. So why do we try to be that perfect "Norman Rockwell" family during holiday get-togethers? Tell yourself right now that you and your family are going to enjoy the holidays in your own way and at your own pace. Stop worrying about what others think and [..}


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Standout board games for young kids with disabilities

We all know about Scrabble, Monopoly, and Connect Four; classic board games American families know and love. But there are hundreds of other board games out there that are just as exciting. While you may not be able to afford to enroll your child in expensive classes or take them on a trip somewhere [..}


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Making Halloween Fun for Your Special Needs Child

Halloween can be such a scary time. Not for the kids, but for us special needs parents. We are dealing with accessibility problems, special diets and safety issues. Our kids are experiencing sensory overload, anxieties and behavior outbursts. It's enough to make us hide under the covers on October [..}


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Superhero Play for Kids of All Abilities

My two boys love superheroes.  In fact, the past three Halloween's, my 5 and 2 1/2 year old have been Superman, Spiderman, another Spiderman, Batman and Robin.  So there is no doubt why the "superhero" theme was fresh on my mind for our last marketing EasyStand Bantam "Standing Superhero" mailer. [..}


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Planning Home Accessibility for a Special Needs Child

Does your child need more room to move around with their walker, wheelchair or stander? You’re not alone; many parents face this same issue. Some know what should be done and others have no clue where to begin. For those that are going through planning home accessibility for a special needs [..}


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How Are You Balancing Time Between Your Children?

As I am writing this, I am also watching my kids play the Nintendo Wii. Actually, my oldest is playing it and my youngest is tormenting her. As you can imagine, there is some sibling issues happening now.  Isn’t this how it usually goes for a child and their sibling? “She hit me!” “He [..}


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Make Standing Part of your Child’s Daily Routine

Standing programs for children with disabilities are part of the natural routine at Normandy Park Preschool. Advance for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine magazine recently published an insightful article called, Let's Stand Together. Written by a PT and OT team that work for Normandy Park, the [..}


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A Special Needs Dad Look at an Alternative Therapy: Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

As the parent of a special needs child, I was always looking for something to help my child’s condition or eliminate it. Many physicians, specialists and other medical professionals were not finding the answers, so my wife and me had to find something for our child. I am sure you feel the same way [..}


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Using the Nintendo Wii For Special Needs Therapy

The Nintendo Wii gaming console has grown as one of the most popular gaming platforms among families. The Wii uses a combination of wireless controllers and other tools that allow you to use your body as the main way to interact with the game. The Wii is also a great therapy tool for children [..}


How to Organize and Plan Your Child’s Medications

Does your child take medications on a daily or weekly basis? Do you find it hard to keep track of all the medications, dosages and times for child’s medicine? Try developing a solid plan and schedule for your child’s medication needs. Here are some ways to get started with your [..}