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Special Needs

Having a sibling with special needs is a unique experience, both challenging and beneficial. Read more

Parenting

Here are some tips for hosting a playdate with kids with disabilities. Read more

Parenting

Kansas City’s local parks and rec departments have been working in recent years to respond to the community’s needs by installing new playground equipment that is inclusive and accessible for all children. Read more

Summer

When high school junior Dan Walker was crowned homecoming king at Shawnee Mission East this year, a lot of people were cheering. Read more

Parenting

You children were born super early through no fault of your own, but it is something that directly influences almost every aspect of your lives. Because of this prematurity, you have certain disadvantages. You have very low functioning immu... Read more

Parenting

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is associated with difficulties in social interaction, delayed or impaired verbal and nonverbal communication and restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behaviors, interests and activ... Read more

Parenting

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) says, “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievem... Read more

Parenting

Autumn means Fall Festivals in Kansas City! From apples to pumpkins, crafts to carnivals, ethnic festivals, and much much more... celebrate everything autumn at a local fair! Read more

Fall in KC

Older now and verbal, they always ask to go out and always obey our directions to stay in the yard. This makes me more comfortable, but I’ll never forget Ian’s grin when he figured out how to unhook the door without a word. Read more

Parenting

Children—like all people—come in all shapes and sizes, and the same can be said of children with special needs. Whether academic, social/behavioral or twice exceptional, special needs children come under the protection of the federal Indivi... Read more

Parenting

In the adoption field, special needs usually refers to older children living in foster care homes who may have significant physical, learning, medical and social-emotional or behavioral challenges. Read more

Parenting

Stepping out of the doctor’s office, arms loaded with pamphlets and prescriptions, you feel a little shell-shocked. Your child has just been diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). What do you do now? Read more

Parenting

How do families strike a balance, ensuring that siblings feel just as honored as their special need child, who requires more time and attention? Read more

Christmas in KC

Autism is an umbrella term encompassing a number of neurological disorders characterized by deficits in language, developmental and social skills. Learn more about autism and how to help your child. Read more

Parenting

Mary Anne Hammond, a Kansas City Education Coordinator for Autism and Related Disorders says, “Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) are complex, biological, developmental disabilities that affect social interaction, behavior and communication.... Read more

KC Baby Magazine

Do acronyms like PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified) or ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) really tell us anything about what’s going on inside the child? Learn the value of labeling special need... Read more

Parenting

Thanks to these groups, even kids with special needs can go to camp this summer. Read more

Summer