Category: Developmental Differences

Chicago venues that cater to kids with special needs

As parents to a wonderful, energetic special needs 8-year-old, my husband and I are constantly thinking of ways to enjoy our chaotic lives as much as possible. And because our lives are anything but "normal," it’s not always easy to enjoy all the typical fun things like dining out, going to live theatre, visiting a museum or taking a vacation. We are always fearful that Lia will act out because of boredom, frustration or sensory overload. If she gets upset, it is money wasted because you ...

Posted on October 04, 2017 at 2:01 PM by Evelyn Perez-Horita

ESDM is a life-changing breakthrough for autism

 

*SPONSORED POST BY CHICAGO ABA THERAPY*

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) has transformed the lives of many young children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). If you are a parent of a young child who has a diagnosis of autism or shows characteristics of autism, ESDM can be hugely beneficial in teaching pivotal skills and enhancing interactions.

ESDM therapy is a comprehensive, early intensive intervention based on the principles of applied behavior analysis ...

Posted on September 25, 2017 at 9:45 AM by Evan Campa

Transition from summer to school year with these tips

Photo: Evelyn Perez-Horita

The transition from summer to the new school year can be difficult for any child. It definitely is for my 8-year-old special-needs child, Lia, so my husband and I have tried a lot of techniques and have found some things that work. We’ve also come across some great ideas from other parents. Keep in mind that not all of these suggestions or ideas will work for you, but it’s worth a try for kiddos that struggle getting back into the school routine every year.
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Posted on August 22, 2017 at 8:51 AM by Evelyn Perez-Horita

Surviving summer with your special-needs child

Photo: Evelyn Perez-Horita

I have an 8 ½-year-old little girl, Lia (pictured, above), who has been diagnosed with severe intellectual disabilities, sensory processing disorder, autism and hypotonia, and is non-verbal. I do not, nor will I ever, claim to be the resident expert in any given field except when it comes to knowing my own kiddo. With that said, I know how frustrated and bored my little darling is going to be this first week of summer vacation. My husband and I had to figure ...

Posted on July 06, 2017 at 9:35 AM by Evelyn Perez-Horita

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