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Posts Tagged ‘special needs’

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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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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PHOENIX – Down Syndrome Symposium

Down syndrome

Learn about recent advances in the treatment of Down syndrome during this free Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital Annual Down Syndrome Medical Symposium.

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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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Arizona schools and education resources

RELATED: Navigating school choice: How seven Arizona families found the right educational fit How to find the best early childhood environment      

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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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Academy of Pediatrics CEO to address local special-needs healthcare event

Karen Remley, AAP, pediatrician, CEO, Arizona appearance

At a time when public policies about health care and health insurance are being probed, picked apart and politicized, the highest-ranking representative of our nation’s pediatricians has no problem keeping her priorities straight. Dr. Karen Remley, MBA, MPH, FAAP, CEO and executive vice-president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, says it comes down to reminding […]

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