Signs that your child may have a learning disability
Sam was obviously a very bright second-grader, passionate about airplanes and lots of other things. “He soaked up information and discussed what he loved very articulately,” says his mom, Ruth Maupin, a Kingston mother of three. Still, Maupin says, she sensed something was wrong. “He didn’t retain wRead More »
Watsu's healing waters
A powerful therapy for kids with special needs Jake Sweet arrives poolside at First Street Fitness center in Bellevue, strapped in a complicated wheelchair that overwhelms his slight frame. His mom, Beverly Sweet of Bothell, lifts the 20-year-old, whose cerebral palsy renders him unableRead More »
Animals play key role for kids with special needs
It may come as no surprise that animals have an increasing presence in therapeutic care for kids with disabilities. After all, most of us have experienced our own form of animal therapy: Cuddle a baby kitten and all seems right with the world. A few minutes on the floor with a dog can make theRead More »
Playground accessibility: Equal fun for equal play
The towering play structure without grab bars to help a child hoist herself up or a transfer point where she could leave her wheelchair. The unbroken railing encircling play equipment, hindering access. The sandy surface under a swing set, treacherous to a crutch tip. These represent the badRead More »
The mystery of autism
Its exact cause is unknown. There are treatments, but no cure. It affects hundreds of thousands of children — one out of every 150 — and many now consider it a national epidemic. Autism is mystifying and maddening to the medical community, public health officials and parents because it is not charaRead More »
Does your child have a learning disability?
Wouldn’t it be great if all kids could learn math, reading and writing seamlessly, with just the right amount of effort, in just the appropriate amount of time? It would certainly make a teacher’s job easier. But the reality is that every child learns differently. Some learn visually; some, spatiRead More »
How can you help your learning-disabled child?
Here are 10 tips from the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities: Learn more about learning disabilities. Find out as much as you can about the problems your child has with learning, what types of learning tasks will be hard for your child, what sources of help are aRead More »
Setting goals key for teens with ADHD
Mack has his own video business. Sally babysits and plans to become a criminal lawyer. Willie works in a factory and wants to play in the NFL and earn a degree in business administration. The three teens all do well at their public high schools, keep busy with work and friends, and are carefully plaRead More »