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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Archive for the ‘Special Needs’ Category

Sea STAR offers dolphin-assisted therapy for kids with special needs

Actions speak louder than words, and so it is with 16-year-old Lexie Robertson. While a group of shivering parents stand poolside, bundled against an unusually cold morning, Lexi’s getting ready to jump into the water at Dolphinaris in Scottsdale. Lexie doesn’t speak — she has autism and cerebral palsy — but her enthusiasm is clearly […]

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Hacienda Healthcare: For 50 years, a “home for the angels”

Ilene Mae Butler had grown weary of life in the Midwest. She had run through a series of jobs and was fresh off a broken romance. It was time to start over. She headed west — a young woman in the mid-1960s, all alone on a cross-country drive to California. She got as far as […]

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Shopping, dining with Care Card supports Foundation for Blind Children

When you watch 4-year-old Oliver Clark negotiate the halls of the Foundation for Blind Children, you are truly watching a miracle. The Phoenix boy has come a long way from the crib in China where his forever family found him two years ago. Born with albinism, he has no pigment anywhere, including his eyes, which […]

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Two generations of gratitude and giving back

It’s been about a year since I joined the board for Raising Special Kids, a 38-year-old nonprofit that provides parent-to-parent support for families navigating disabilities and special healthcare needs in children from birth to age 26. As a rare board member who doesn’t have a child with special needs, I’m learning a lot. The most […]

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3 things to know about Special Needs Resource Fair 2017

Special Needs Resource Fair, Halle Heart Children's Museum, Raising Arizona Kids

Raising Arizona Kids magazine is hosting the third annual Special Needs Resource Fair this Saturday in Tempe. This free event is an opportunity for any parent, grandparent or guardian to meet with local experts from a wide range of fields serving families who have concerns about their child’s development or have a child who has […]

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Speaker topics for RAK’s third annual Special Needs Resource Fair

Excitement is growing for the third annual Special Needs Resource Fair, to be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 at Halle Heart Children’s Museum in Tempe. The event features more than two dozen local organizations, schools and services that support families navigating the challenges of raising a child who has unique developmental, […]

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Phoenix mom brings to life Sesame Street’s new Muppet with autism

Stacey Gordon knows how to get to Sesame Street. Gordon is the Phoenix mom/puppeteer behind Julia, the Muppet with autism who debuted on Sesame Street this spring. It’s a convergence of all her worlds as a professional puppeteer and the mother of a son with autism. “I cried when I read the script, because as […]

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Swim season brings drowning risks; Here’s how to keep kids safe

Swim season is here, and while it’s a favorite time for kids and families to start enjoying the Valley’s many pools and water parks, it’s also a time to be hyper-vigilant about water safety. Melissa Sutton, president of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, has comforted too many families who have lost loved ones to […]

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SARRC launches all-ages program to diagnose autism

Because there are still long waiting lists for autism evaluations in medical offices across the Valley, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center has launched a new Diagnostic Services Program where skilled clinicians work with individuals of all ages to accurately diagnose or rule out autism spectrum disorder. SARRC’s licensed psychologists conduct most evaluations in one […]

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Special-needs melt down? Show compassion, not judgment

“A little support goes a long way.” — Amy Kenzer, vice president and clinical-services director at Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center in Phoenix. Picture yourself on an airplane, seated next to a screaming toddler. We’re talking a full-throttle kicking, screaming terror. He’s banged your seat, interrupted your sleep and ruined your favorite shirt with […]

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