Tag Archives: children

Some Holiday Cheer For Ya

Holiday season can be fun and overwhelming. Many of the traditional traditions, though all fine and dandy for typically developing children, can be a nightmare for children with special needs. On this 2011 holiday season, we can all give a big thanks to those who are making the experience a little brighter, merrier, and all around better.

Adopting 12 Children with Special Needs

This story is quite simply incredible.

Hole in One

I received the odd gift of golf clubs over two years ago as a birthday present. Odd at the time because I’d never actually played before. But I was excited. While watching golf bores me to tears, playing golf is actually fun. Of course the tears are there as well, mostly out of frustration. That […]

Learning to Parent an Adult Child with Special Needs

Many of the parents who visit DifferentDream.com have young children with special needs. But some of them parent older children, and even adult children, who are living with a variety of conditions. So I’m glad to introduce to you a new guest blogger, Kathy Guzzo, who is the parent of a young woman with some serious special needs. Or rather, she will introduce herself in today’s post.

Top Ranked Children’s Hospitals

The verdict is in. The jury consisted of over 1500 physicians. They deliberated about which children’s hospitals they would recommend for their sickest patients.

2011′s Top Hospitals

According to U.S. News and World Report, here are 2011′s top Children’s Hospitals:

1. Children’s Hospital Boston
2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

The Future (Part 2)

Getting a job and keeping a job isn’t easy for anyone these days. It is especially hard for individuals with ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorders). Here is where we come back to the fear versus hope issue. We can hope the children with special needs of today become successful; we can fear that they may fail…but what can we do right now to ensure that we are providing the most and the best opportunities?

1. Teach Real-World Skills: A six year old with emerging verbal skills and a limited phonemic (sound) repertoire does not need to know his last name. It may sound like it’s a great idea at the moment, but typically it’s pointless. He needs to know how to communicate that he needs the bathroom. He needs to know that he must look both ways for cars before crossing the street. He needs to stop, turn around, and look at you when you call his (first) name.

ADHD Myths Exposed

Working in both public and private schools, even simply being a student myself, has left me a bit numb to term ADHD. Most people through it around as if it were akin to having brown hair. He definitely has ADHD. He is so hyper, it has to be ADHD. As a professional working with parents […]