COVID-19’s Impact on Kids with Autism and how Parents can Help

The outbreak of COVID-19 has been difficult enough, commanding a new way of life for a disease that seemingly sprouted up overnight. For the approximate 1 in 54 U.S. children that live with autism, it’s been an entirely different experience — fraught with added confusion, anxiety and fear. In general, death is a hard subject for any child to cope …

Estate Planning Statistics and How to Get Started

By most estimates, anywhere from 50–60% of Americans don’t have a will. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of people who have created a will or estate plan, but most Americans still remain without. Estate planning can be an uncomfortable topic to talk about, but it’s an important one. If you own any assets at all—a house, a car, …

38 Activities to help your Child develop Sensory Processing Skills

Sensory processing is vital to the normal development of children, because the senses are the way that children gather information about their world. If the senses don’t develop normally, then neither does the child. This article will help you to understand the basics of sensory processing and will give you activity ideas to help your children develop their sensory processing …

Helping your child cope with anxiety if they have special needs

Whether your child is self-conscience about his acne or worried about being awkward in front of the popular kids, anxiety or panic attacks can be very real for children. Many kids are able to work through their anxiety by finding a circle of trusted friends, being active in special interest groups like Scouts or sports, or talking to a trusted …

Disability Awareness Lessons Plans

As classrooms become more inclusive, it’s important for every child to be welcomed and treated with respect. The goal of this resource center is to provide teachers with lesson plan ideas that will help students better understand what it’s like to live with different disabilities. Read more.

Transition to Adulthood: Home Modifications for Young Adults with Special Needs

Most parents become empty nesters at some point, when their kids grow up and move out on their own. But when a child has special needs, there’s a chance that time will never come. That doesn’t mean parents can’t give young adults with disabilities more independence. With some thoughtful modifications, it’s possible to turn your home into a multigenerational space that provides …

Educational and Sensory-Friendly Online Resources for Children with Autism

Every parent knows the struggle that comes with having kids who are feeling stir-crazy from being stuck inside. It seems like a natural solution to many families to find online activities that will not only entertain their little ones, but also educate them. When you have a child with a sensory-processing disorder like autism, however, getting online can be a …

Teaching your child about Disabilities and Different Abilities

You may have said or done something in front of your child thinking they did not notice – until they copied it. Young children soak up the actions, words and ideas of people around them like sponges. Other times, they blurt out bold questions unexpectedly, such as: “Mom! Why is that big kid sitting in a chair with wheels?!” Embarrassing …

Mobility at Home: A Guide to Upgrading or Buying an Accessible Home

Are you living with limited mobility? You are not alone, especially if you are an older adult. The recent Census figures suggest that mobility is the most common form of disability for seniors and older adults. For these millions of Americans, feeling safe and comfortable at home isn’t always easy. But with accessibility modifications to their home, or mobility features …

Sleep Help for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sleep is one of those things that can make or break our bodies and plenty of it allows us all to function correctly. However, sleeping can be a significant concern when it comes down to children and adults who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Many studies show that most children with ASD find it difficult to fall …