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Camps and Special Needs Children

The benefits of special-needs camps

Travel: There’s a host of benefits children derive from attending camp, but for kids with special needs, those benefits are amplified. Read more…

Traditional vs. special-needs camps

Special Needs: Here are a few things parents should keep in mind before choosing a traditional or special-needs camp for their child. Read more…

Teens and autism

Autism: The major mountain to overcome during an autistic teen’s transition into adulthood is helping him coordinate independent living skills with a solid quality of life. Read more…

Adolescent dating and special needs

Teens: Starting to date is difficult for many teens, but certainly the challenges can be exacerbated for those with special needs. Read more…

Kidz Talk app tracks your child’s progress

Autism: An interview with Susan French, the developer of the speech aid app Kidz Talk. Read more…

To the moon and back

Special Needs: Here are 10 ways to increase your family affection at home. Read more…

Dealing with disappointment

Special Needs: How can parents help kids navigate a world that isn’t always fun or fair? Here are some age-by-age guidelines. Read more…

Giving voice to families impacted by autism

Autism: A new picture book, “Silent Voices,” by Barry Rudner, highlights the occurrence of autism, how it can afflict any child, and how it impacts families. Read more…

Exploring the great outdoors!

Toddlers: Toddlers, school-age children, and older teenagers with special needs can all benefit from learning outside. Read more…

Trust your instincts

Autism: Feel more connected to your autistic child by going with, instead of against, him. Read more…

We all have special needs

Parenting a child with special needs? You have special needs, too!

Special Needs: This mother put her needs behind those of her special-needs child, and her other family members, until she learned that taking care of herself meant she could be a better caregiver. Read more…

How to take care of your needs

Special Needs: The more you take care of yourself, the better a caregiver you are to your special-needs child. Read more…

Treating dry winter skin

Babies: Babies and young children are prone to winter dryness that can cause irritation to the cheeks, lips, and hands. Here’s what parents can do to help treat dry, itchy skin. Read more…

Inhale calm, exhale fear

Special Needs: Taking deep breaths can calm a student’s mind and help him focus when he feels overwhelmed with schoolwork. Read more…

Dark chapter of American history

The Book Worm: For those ages 9 to 12 who love historically based chapter books, “Red Berries White Clouds Blue Sky” by Sandra Dallas remembers Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War II. Read more…

Picky eaters no more

Nutrition: Here are four tips for dealing with extremely finicky eaters — from a mom who has been there. Read more…

Avoiding a ‘vortex’ of frostbite

Family Health: When it comes to the hazards of playing outside in cold weather, frostbite is the biggest threat children face. Read more…

New yoga game is a stretch

New & Noteworthy: For two to four players, Yoga Spinner is a game that gets kids moving, laughing, and stretching during the long winter months. Read more…

Kwanzaa celebration

Featured Event: Enjoy music, dance, and song at the American Museum of Natural History’s celebration on Dec. 27. Read more…

Time to dance

New & Noteworthy: In the Nick of Time’s latest album, “Fun O’Clock,” is a wonderful mix of musical styles ranging from hip-hop to an Irish stepdancing reel to a madrigal/rock ballad, that parents and children can enjoy and learn from. Read more…

Ten reasons to make time for play

ADHD: As mammals, we appear to be hard-wired for play. Here are 10 reasons why play should be encouraged. Read more…

A family favorite: Caribbean Princess delivers cruising experience worthy of her name

Travel: Princess Cruises’ 3,080-passenger ship provides family-friendly fun on the high seas. Read more…

The ties that stress the heart

Healthy Living: With the pressure of shopping, finances, and family get-togethers, unhealthy stress can increase during the holidays. According to a new study from the University of Copenhagen, the ones closest to us, can get us right in the heart. Read more…

Seven habits of highly effective parents of special needs children

Special Needs: Tips to help parents of special-needs children parent with grace, balance, and energy. Read more…

Got sauerkraut? Good for the gut

Good Sense Eating: Fermented foods can boost your family’s immune system. Read more…

Dreidels, ornaments, and fabuLyss holiday fun

New York City is twinkling and buzzing with wonderful family holiday fun. Read more…

‘Toy Story 2’ screening

Featured Event: Enjoy this sequel to the original hit at the Museum of the Moving Image on Dec. 21. Read more…

Playing favorites

Mommy 101: Ask parents who their favorite child is, and they will all tell you that they love their children all the same. Read more…

A sweet treat for little writers

The Book Worm: For kids 18 months to 4 years old, who love to help in the kitchen, “How to Bake a Book” by Ella Burfoot is a tasty tale. Read more…

Junie B and the Secret Santa dilemma

Featured Event: Learn a thing or two about Secret Santa and the oliday spirit with Junie B. on Dec. 20 at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Read more…

Happy holidays … or are they?

Lions and Tigers and Teens: Your teen wants to spend time with a significant other or friends during the holidays, but you want him to stay with the family. Try offering your teen a responsibility, so he feels like an important part of the event — not like a spectator. Read more…

New book helps kids care for their pets

New & Noteworthy: Puppies can make great gifts for children, especially if parents teach kids how to help keep their pets healthy and happy. A new book by Ray Nelson conveys caregiving tips with easy-to-read text and lively illustrations. Read more…

‘The Love Note’ is packed with love for victims of bullying

Letter from College: A new musical captures just how meaningful parental support and encouragement can be in the face of bullying at school. Read more…

The Science Behind Santa

Featured Event: The secret is out and Dr. Kaboom shares it at the Skirball Center on Dec. 20. Read more…

Searching for Santa Claus

Tracking Santa on the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) website has provided lots of families with wonderful Christmas Eve memories. Read more…

Mediation vs. the truly uncompromising party

Divorce & Separation: “My way or the highway”-type people are usually poor candidates for mediation. They won’t get anywhere because they are unwilling or unable to make compromises. Read more…

Toy sparks interest in sciences and storytelling

New & Noteworthy: Build & Imagine’s new Marine Rescue Center encourages kids to build structures, invent stories, and care for endangered animals. Read more…

‘A City Singing at Christmas’

Featured Event: Enjoy a performance by the Young People’s Chorus of New York in this annual holiday tradition on Dec. 18 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Read more…

Resolutions to help improve your child’s study habits

Education: Plus the pros and cons of electronic books, whether it’s time to change tutors, and math help for struggling first graders. Read more…

Tiny babies, big love

Babies: Jennifer Degl and Jaime Hamm tell their emotional tales of giving birth to micro premature babies and the challenges they face. Read more…

Hop aboard the Holiday Express

Featured Event: Hunt through toy trains and decorate a special railroad at the New York Historical Society’s train weekend Dec. 13 and 14. Read more…

‘Belches, Burps, and Farts — Oh My!’

Featured Event: Hear a brand-new story by Artie Bennett at Barnes & Noble book store on Dec. 14. Read more…

Double the historical fun

Featured Event: Sing along with Lloyd H. Miller and make a fun art project in Handmade History at the Brooklyn Historical Soceity on Dec. 13. Read more…

Parenting resolutions for the not-so-perfect parent

This year, instead of making resolutions about being a better parent, ponder a few resolutions on how to move past imperfections. Read more…

‘Big Annie’ to the rescue

Featured Event: Sing along and help Big Annie and friends save Christmas Eve. Read more…

‘Latkes and Applesauce’

Featured Event: Join in the hiliarity with the Poppy Seed Players in concert at the Merkin Concert Hall on Dec. 14. Read more…

Have fun at the museum

Featured Event: Spend a creative Sunday afternoon at the Nassau County Museum of Art. Read more…

An old-fashioned Christmas

Featured Event: Explore the King Manor Musem, learn how the King family celebrated the holidays, and then make a fun ornament to take home on Dec. 13. Read more…

‘Penguins of Madagascar’ is a madcap adventure

KIDS FIRST! critics Haley, Brianna, and Samantha rave about the new DreamWorks film. Read more…

‘Excerpts from the Nutcracker’

Featured Event: Ballet students perform selections from the classic holiday production at the Kumble Theater on Dec. 13 and 14. Read more…

Celebrating the holidays should be satisfying, not stressful

Here are some tips to making this holiday season memorable and meaningful for your children while minimizing the hassles and stress for yourself. Read more…

Pen encourages kids to script their design experience

The newly renovated and updated Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, with exhibition galleries inside the former residence of Andrew Carnegie, reopens to families on Dec. 12. Read more…

‘El Gato Con Botas’

Featured Event: The classic fairy tale enthralls children with Bunraku puppetry at El Museo del Barrio from Dec. 6 through 14. Read more…

Ensuring there’s arts education for all

Education: The organization Arts for All has been bringing free arts programming into public schools and youth organizations in need for nearly a decade and will continue to do so thanks to an arts education funding boost from the mayor. Read more…

Season’s Greetings

Featured Event: Make pop-up holiday cards that reflect the changing seasons at Wave Hill on Dec. 6 and 7. Read more…

A ‘beary’ jolly bash

Featured Event: Get into the holiday spirit with the fun-filled “The Three Bears Holiday Bash.” Read more…

Warming up muscles and minds

Education: The Westerleigh school became the 37th in the city to enroll in a before-school physical-activity program to help improve students’ health and academic performance. Read more…

Sweet place to visit

New & Noteworthy: The new Gingerbread House Advent Calendar from HearthSong makes it easier for kids to countdown the days until Santa comes. Read more…

A Storybook Christmas

Featured Event: Enjoy a visit from St. Nick, stories, and crafts at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. Read more…

Bah humbug!

Featured Event: Welcome in the season with this production of the classic Dickens’ tale “A Christmas Carol” at the College of Staten Island on Dec. 6. Read more…

RPM is in the holiday mood

Featured Event: This Christmas concert features old and new favorites at St. Charles Borroemo Church in Brooklyn Heights on Dec. 7. Read more…

Happy holidays and more

Letter from the Publisher: Thanks to all of our writers and readers for a wonderful year. Read more…

More ideas on showing your family some love

Special Needs: Need a few extra ideas on how to show affection? Read more…
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