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Helping Special Needs Teens Transition Socially

When children enter puberty, hormone fluctuations and changes in their bodies can become a source of anxiety and frustration. Children with special needs who are becoming teens may have an even more difficult time trying to understand what is happening to them. Being...

Finding Care Options for Your Teen with Special Needs

Finding options for the daily care of a special needs teen after school hours can be challenging, especially since many special needs children daycare centers do not provide services for those over the age of 12. Many parents may not be home from work yet and may need...

Facts You Need to Know About Teens with Autism

The CD reports that about 1 in 59 children are diagnosed in autism spectrum disorder, which is five times more likely in boys. Most children are diagnosed after the age of four, although it can be diagnosed as early as two years old. Early intervention supports the...

Down Syndrome Special Needs Fact Sheet

Down syndrome, a condition where a person has an extra chromosome, affects 1 out of every 700 babies in the United States. This extra chromosome affects how a baby forms during pregnancy and how they function. Also known as Trisomy 21, Down syndrome causes challenges...

Down Syndrome &Your Teen: Care Instructions

Most teens with Down Syndrome can live a healthy and happy life. These teenagers have the same social needs as others their age and will need help with certain behaviors. As such, it is essential to be aware of the social challenges that your child may face. Your teen...

Different Types of Special Education

There are many different types of special educations. A special needs program can help the community better understand those with special needs and provide a safe haven for them to interact and to grow as adults in today’s world. Not all individuals with special needs...

Choosing a Summer Camp for a Teen with Special Needs

During the summer, public schools are closed and teens are often left on their own to either travel, find employment, attend summer school, or simply enjoy their summer however they please. However, special needs teens who were part of a supervised program in school...

Autism Special Needs Checklist for Teens and Young Adults

When a teen with autism is becoming an adult, there may be special challenges associated with achieving enough independence to be able to live safely and comfortably. To address these needs, planning ahead of time is essential. Children with various special needs may...

Autism in the Teen Years: What to Expect, How to Help

Navigating puberty as a teenager with any developmental disabilities is hard; add in autism and it’s even more difficult. Likely it will seem that their autism is getting worse as a teen. However, like any other teenager, they just want more independence. Parents can...

ADD and ADHD: How Parents Can Help Teens

Does your teen have a hard time sitting still, is disorganized, acts out without thinking, never listens, is easily distracted, or has emotional outbursts? If so, they may have ADD/ADHD. Parenting a child or teen with these disorders can be challenging. However, not...