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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...

“Night to Shine” brings prom experience to teens and adults with special needs

Who can forget prom night? Whether it was a dream or a disaster, it's part of the fabric of many people’s lives. But for...

Assistive technology: what parents need to know

What do you think of when you hear the term "assistive technology?" Do you imagine advanced computer-based talking systems, such as the one Steven Hawking...

Wheelchair basketball keeps Arizona kids in the game

Monday nights are a magical time in downtown Mesa. That's when kids from across the Valley---and around Arizona---meet at the Broadway Recreation Center to participate in their...

A game changer for kids with dyslexia

Glendale mom Meriah Houser has made advocating for kids with dyslexia her life's mission ever since her sons Cole, 13, and Maddox, 10, were diagnosed in...

Charter schools and students with disabilities

As the number of students attending charter schools increases, some parents of students with disabilities have expressed confusion about the legal obligations of these...

Choosing a special needs school: questions to consider

Children have unique personalities, interests and needs. Schools have unique cultures and competencies. The goal is finding the right school “fit” for your child...

Special needs recreation and enrichment

A child's special needs needn't get in the way of fun. Here is a list of Valley programs that offer special needs recreation and...

Learning differences and attention challenges

Sometimes a little extra education support can make all the difference to a child with learning or attention challenges. Here are some Arizona organizations...

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