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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...

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...

“Sesame Street” adds Julia, a Muppet with autism and a Phoenix puppeteer

An Arizona mom will be making history on Monday, April 10, when she joins the cast of "Sesame Street." Stacey Gordon, a Phoenix puppeteer, is bringing...

Detour Company Theatre stages “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”

Valley audiences have an opportunity to see a special performance by Detour Company Theatre this weekend, when Detour returns to the Scottsdale Center for...

MORIAH Cooperative: Peer mentors for kids with special needs

On a sunny day at Enchanted Island Amusement Park in Phoenix, the air is filled with children’s laughter, carousel music and the whistle of...

Camp Soaring Eagle welcomes seriously ill children

Traditional camp experiences are usually out of the question for children suffering from serious illnesses. That's where Arizona-based Camp Soaring Eagle steps in, providing...

Twin is role model at Phoenix Children’s Down Syndrome Clinic

Julia Banahan of Phoenix is an ambassador for the Best Buddies of Arizona program, a choir member at St. Thomas the Apostle Church and...

Asperger’s diagnosis at age 18 is life-changing — in a good way

For Niya Stephenson, what could have passed for adolescent angst was really much more. “I was getting pretty isolated. I was feeling pretty socially awkward,”...

Instilling empathy: Books that explore special-needs kids, themes

We all are the same: We share DNA and the desire for family, community, prosperity, safety and respect. We all are different, too, thanks to...

Local pediatrician, ADHD expert to sign “Marvin’s Monster Diary” books

What’s not for kids to love? Marvin, a rambunctious young monster living on planet Monstearth, and the star of “Marvin’s Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks!”...

Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome: Queen Creek family beats the odds

In February 2012, Carrie Ford of Queen Creek found herself in premature labor at Banner Desert Medical Center’s emergency room. An ultrasound revealed a...

Water safety and autism

Parents and caregivers must be vigilant whenever children are near pools, lakes and other water features. This is especially true when it comes to...

Amy Silverman’s “My Heart Can’t Even Believe It” explores Down syndrome

People who dodge bullets—real or metaphorical—are giddy with relief; survivor’s guilt and denial come later. Averting one’s gaze from the less lucky is a...

The Miracle League of Arizona: baseball at its finest

A balmy 76-degree morning in Scottsdale seems like the perfect day for a baseball game, especially if you're at Dan Haren Field, where the Miracle League of Arizona holds its games. But...

Service dogs: improving lives, one family at a time

Meet Irish, a distinguished “gentleman”—well mannered, kind and highly educated. Irish is the service dog for Suzy Brunk, of Tempe, a 9-year-old who has...

Special education intervention can begin early

Concerned that your child may have a developmental delay requiring special education support? Your local school district will screen children beginning at age 2...

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