Category: Developmental Differences

5 tips for the Developmental Differences Resource Fair

Our March 26 Developmental Differences Resource Fair brings together service providers, school options and other resources in one place that focus on serving parents of children with developmental differences (developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, autism, ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Down syndrome and physical disabilities). Register now to reserve your spot for this free fair!

Here are our top 5 tips to be prepared for the fair:

1. P...

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 11:29 AM by Laura Baginski

This is how to treat a child with special needs | NPNparents.org

For 20 years I have been a parent of a child with special needs. You can imagine how often I have shopped for, and with, my child. Over the course of those years, I have encountered numerous vendors, proprietors and salespeople. There are retailers to whom I would never return and those who I frequent. There are common characteristics of those vendors, and quality of merchandise is not high on the list.

Foremost, both the sales personnel and the shop are inviting. When I walk into a store ...

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 9:46 AM by Kathryn Lavin

Dreaming of a 'normal' summer vacation | NPNparents.org

 

Sometimes I want a break from being ALL. THE. THINGS. 

 

The home nurse, the fierce advocate, the educator, the researcher of everything related to X medical condition, the "don't you dare come in our hospital room ever again and I want to talk to your supervisor NOW" quality control specialist, the accountant, the medical supply manager, the parent/child visit supervisor, the guy at the bottom of the totem pole who gives all the updates to the DCFS people who can't seem to upd...

Posted on May 16, 2016 at 8:07 AM by Julianne Neely

The special needs of a special-needs parent | NPNparents.org

Photo credit: Julianne Neely

 

One thing I know with absolute certainty is that we wouldn't have been able to advocate as hard and effectively as we have for our children without our community. I also know that our kids wouldn't be as strong and stable as they are today without the amazing friends and family who have gone above and beyond to keep us, their parents, strong. 

 

Everyone knows someone with a special-needs child and I guarantee that even if they haven't asked or e...

Posted on April 06, 2016 at 10:50 AM by Julianne Neely

How to make hospital stays easier for special-needs kids | NPNparents.org

Photo credit: Courtesy of Julianne Neely

 

There have been a few strategies I have learned along the way of being a special needs parent that have been so helpful for our family. One such strategy is having a hospital “go” bag. Already having a hospital bag packed has been a major relief at 2am when we are leaving for the ER, because we don’t have to run around scrambling for essentials for what may be a few days in the hospital. We keep our hospital bag in the car at all time...

Posted on March 07, 2016 at 2:16 PM by Julianne Neely

5 ways movement helps your child grow | NPNparents.org

 

Photo credit: Lance Shields/Flickr

 

*SPONSORED BY CHICAGO DANCE THERAPY*

 

As a dance/movement therapist and founder and CEO of Chicago Dance Therapy, I have seen the benefits of movement in children's growth and development firsthand. Here are five ways movement is not only beneficial, but necessary for kids, especially those with developmental differences. 

 

Attachment

Secure attachments are developing the moment our children are born and perhaps ...

Posted on March 07, 2016 at 9:21 AM by Erica Hornthal

Your child received a diagnosis. Now what? | NPNparents.org

As your child grows and develops, you might find yourself worrying and wondering if their development is on track. And when it comes to development, there’s a lot to keep track of—feeding, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, speech, language, social-emotional development and play (to name a few!). 

What happens if you feel your child is behind in one of these areas? To start, know that you are not alone. Every child develops uniquely and at their own pace. Talk to your pediatri...

Posted on March 02, 2016 at 6:00 AM by Libby Galin

5 awesome Chicago services for special-needs kids | NPNparents.org

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If your child has a developmental difference, you know you need to find a support team to help him excel, whether it's a therapist, a specialty school, a developmental pediatrician or all of the above. You'll be able to find all of these resources at NPN's Developmental Differences Resource Fair on March 13, but you'll also be able to find services that provide realy cool experiences for your child. 

Check out these exhibito...

Posted on February 18, 2016 at 9:38 AM by Laura Baginski

I keep my child at home all winter, to save her life

Photo credit: Flickr/Pink Sherbet Photography

I recently turned down an invitation for my two-year-old daughter and I to join a fun outing, and the hostess was mad. "Aren't you ever going to let her have any fun?" she said. "How is she supposed to learn social skills?"

Yeah, we miss out on a lot of fun things. Yes, I doubt myself and fear I am overreacting. But before you judge me for keeping my child in a bubble, step into my shoes for a moment.

It's Respiratory Syncyti...

Posted on February 08, 2016 at 9:15 AM by Julianne Neely

What about the sibling of a child with learning challenges?

Being the sibling of a child with a developmental disability, learning challenge or other special need can be complicated.

 

As with any sibling relationship, these brothers and sisters will play a variety of roles throughout life; playmate, confidant, teacher, protector, friend, enemy, follower and role model. Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships, and the “typical” sibling’s role will change over time, often taking on many of the concerns around c...

Posted on December 01, 2015 at 9:28 AM by Heather Bragg