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Special needs resources in Arizona

For parents of children with special needs, finding the right combination of supports, services, schools and strategies can make a world of difference.   A Caring...

What it means to be 2E

Spend a few minutes with Yasha Broderick and Yale Richardson and you’ll quickly be shaking your head in amazement. Information and insights spill from them...

Special needs schools

Arizona has a wide variety of specialized schools catering to the unique needs of children with learning and attention challenges or developmental, emotional or...

Transition expo looks ahead for children on the autism spectrum

Families with children on the autism spectrum can glimpse what the future holds during the AZ ASSIST Transition Expo Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Peoria. The...

Talking to children about learning differences

Stacy Strombeck-Goodrich, of Scottsdale, used to carry a laminated card in her wallet. She pulled it out whenever other preschool-age children asked questions about...

Foundation for Blind Children opens a third campus

If you've recently visited Sunnyslope, the area seven miles north of downtown Phoenix marked by the giant white "S" on the mountainside, you may have noticed...

Lexis Prep opens high school for students with learning challenges

It's not exactly a return to the days of the one-room schoolhouse---this school has two. But that's just the right size for Keeley Halverson,...

“Bloom” book shows path to calmer kids and parents

Count to 10. Take a breath. Think before you speak. It’s easy to embrace the logic behind these time-tested mantras. But in the heat...

IEP transitions: preschool to kindergarten

When a child qualifies for special education services through an Individualized Education Program, or IEP, families become part of a constantly evolving process designed...

My Day at Camp: Kamp Talkalot

It was a real jungle at Kamp Talkalot. Lions roared and crouched under thick vegetation. Exotic toucans dangled from the ceiling. In one room,...

The differences between 504 plans and IEPs

Today's children who struggle with learning differences have something in common with veterans injured in the Vietnam War. Both groups are protected by the federal...

New book explores autism and the extended family

An autism diagnosis is a traumatic event that can create challenges for a child’s immediate family. But what about the extended family—grandparents, aunts, uncles...

Parenting without punishment, time-outs or yelling

What if someone told you it was possible to raise great kids without yelling at them, putting them in time-outs or otherwise punishing them?...

Valley mom starts Arizona’s first autism charter school

When Diana Diaz-Harrison’s son was young, she noticed that he was not reaching typical milestones at the appropriate age. Some of Sammy's behaviors seemed...

The role of developmental assessment in recognizing diverse learners

Six child development experts had been watching the 2-year-old boy for an hour and a half. Sitting in a darkened room behind a two-way...

An interactive preview for Suns fans with disabilities

The Phoenix Suns and PAL Experiences have created a video and printed guide to make attending a Suns home game more predictable and enjoyable...

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