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  • ABC and 123: Learning Toys Teach the Basics
    The things a child learns in his first few years of life form the building blocks that make up many of the complicated things he'll learn later on.

  • Family Dinner: More Than Just the Food
    A child with special needs can share in family mealtimes and perhaps meal preparation and cleanup activities too. With some small helpful changes, he can participate to his fullest potential—wherever meals take place

  • Under Pressure - Proprioception Tools that Work
    Any activity that you do in a day requires you to process sensory information. Sensory processing is the way in which our brains interpret the things you see, feel, smell, hear, and taste; and then instructs your body to behave.

  • Riding Bikes - A Pastime for Every Child
    We've all heard the expression "It's as easy as riding a bike." But the idea of a child with special needs balancing, steering, and pedaling a bike can seem out of reach for some; especially when he may be unable to walk unaided or hold his head up without support.

  • 10 Things to Consider Before Your Next Family Vacation
    Following these tips to help enhance your vacation and make your planning a little easier, especially when traveling with children who have special needs.

  • Ability Switches: The Nuts and Bolts
    An ability switch, in simple terms, is an alternative to a button that requires fine dexterity to push. Many toys and appliances operate because of fine motor stimulation, prohibiting many people with fine motor challenges from finding independence with daily tasks.

  • You Say "Tomato"...and I Use a Communicator
    Communicators have the power to translate a person's thoughts into vocal messages; and there's a wide range of communicators available to suit his or her needs.

  • Versatile Sensory Experiences for All Ages: What is Snozelen?
    This article focuses on the multi-sensory benefits of Snoezelen®. What is it? Where does it come from? How can it help your child?

  • Look, Listen, and Feel: Multi-Sensory Toys Help the Mind Grow Strong
    Experts agree that children learn and develop their minds during their early years, especially when they are encouraged to play with toys that attract their senses of sight, sound and touch.

  • Playground Play: Educational and Inclusive
    "Indoor learning can be taken outdoors," explains Learning Spaces/ Playground consulting expert, Lisa Moore. "Playground products and designs should promote rich opportunities for children with physical, cognitive, social-emotional, communicative and sensory disabilities to play alongside their peers so that the playground is fun for everyone."

  • Gifting with Purpose: Choose Learning Toys This Holiday Season
    Kids aged five and under learn best through play. Instead of buying just any toy, look for toys or activities with things to teach: like the alphabet or names of different animals, and more. Children will play with their new toy and not even realize they're learning while they play.

  • Bathroom Safety for All
    It might be an uncomfortable topic for some, but bathroom safety affects everyone: "A lot of people think that the bathroom is only risky for seniors, but safety modifications are necessary in many cases," explains our Expert, Kathleen Hanek.

  • Modifying Games and Activities
    Every child is unique, possessing strengths and weaknesses that make them individuals. Some children may be challenged physically, emotionally or cognitively. Some may have sensory issues, and others may have multiple challenges, but they are all abled in their own way.

  • Play Well With Others...Be Active Against Bullying
    October is National Anti-Bullying Month. During this month, anti-bullying awareness groups from around the world will join together to promote and support the crusade against bullying.

  • 12 for 2012: A Selection of Holiday Toys for Children with Special Needs
    These engaging and valuable toys help stimulate auditory awareness, develop motor and social skills, and so much more. All in all, these wonderful toy picks will provide multiple benefits for your child, as well as hours of fun for them along with their playmates!

  • Part 1: Inside a Snoezelen® Room
    The Snoezelen environment is non-threatening, allowing users to overcome inhibitions, enhance self-esteem, and reduce tension. Research has shown that multisensory environments offer a wealth of benefits, often giving the participant and caregiver "an opportunity to improve communications, enhance their understanding of each other, and build trust in their relationship."

  • Part 2: Inside a Snoezelen® Room - A Snozelen MSE Approach to Challenging Behaviors
    Meet "Virginia". Linda Messbauer describes an experience with one of the individuals she serves and how "Virginia" responded in the Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Environment.

  • Pediatric Hip Dysplasia and Positioning
    Hip dysplasia is a delicate condition. Parents must be fluid in their expectations and remember that the earlier developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is treated the better.

  • Creating a Sensory Integration Gym in Your Home
    By allowing them to be actively involved and explore activities that provide sensory experiences most beneficial to them, children become more mature and efficient at organizing sensory information.