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Developmental Differences

We see you, parents of kids with special needs. Yours is not an easy road, but NPN has many resources to help you along, whether you’ve just received a diagnosis or you’re looking for further supports for your older child.

 

Our Developmental Differences Parent Support Group has been making parents and caregivers feel less alone for nearly 10 years. The group meets the third Wednesday of every month—see the NPN calendar to RSVP for the next meeting.

 

Also celebrating its 10th birthday, the annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair brings together therapy providers, schools and fun activities for kids with special needs. And our library of videos on developmental differences offers tips and strategies on everything from potty training to IEPs.

 

The best part: All of our developmental differences resources are free to members and non-members alike.

 

👉 New! Use our Developmental Differences Resource Directory to find doctors, schools, therapy providers and more.

 

Providers: Click here to participate in our Developmental Differences Resource Program.

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Discussions

Sensory Exploration Playdate this Sunday at LEEP Forward

Join NPN and LEEP Forward for a playdate this Sunday from 9-11am. Step into a world of sensory exploration and playful discovery! Leep Forward's  inclusive environment celebrates individual differences and encourages exploration, meeting each child right where they are. RSVP Today!   ...

Sensory Exploration Playdate this Sunday at LEEP Forward

Join NPN and LEEP Forward for a playdate this Sunday from 9-11am. Step into a world of sensory exploration and playful discovery! Leep Forward's  inclusive environment celebrates individual differences and encourages exploration, meeting each child right where they are. RSVP Today!   ...

8-year old with ADHD and Autism (mild)

My 8-year old DS was diagnosed with ADHD last year.  We got the recommended assistance in place and eventually put him on medication, which has helped a lot.  He really still struggles with social skills and social connections with peers.  He has now been diagnosed as on the spectrum - as a “mild” c...

Successful claim for neuropsych eval

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Seeking feedback on how well North Park Elementary works with diverse learners.    Thank you.     ...


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