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Health & Daily Care

From mealtimes to vaccines and everything in between, this information will help you establish routines for the day to day needs of your child.

 
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Meet Our Experts

Our panel of experts combine medical and therapeutic perspectives with years of experience working passionately alongside famiiles and children with special needs.

 
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Tools & Resources

A library of resources, reference links and easy to print guidelines for you to post on the fridge and share with others!

 
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Love, Laugh, & Live

This section is devoted to our amazing moms. It's ok, in fact we encourage you to laugh and develop goals for YOURSELF! Share your secrets of sanity and be encouraged to take time for you!

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Physical Fitness & People with Disabilities: Fun for Everyone
The holiday season has arrived, and for special needs families, it can be difficult to find the perfect toy for their child.
Chefs from Stanford University’s Dining Department share tips to help young adults with disabilities and their families kick-off healthy eating habits
AbilityPath.org compiled four fun and easy recipes to make for the Fourth of July.
AbilityPath.org created a list of ten summer activities to do with your child that don’t require weeks of planning, a small loan or traveling further than your backyard.
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Daily home care is the best way to prepare the child for care in a dental office.
Medical issues that are unique to cerebral palsy fall into many categories
Being prepared to manage a seizure is the most important factor in providing oral care for children with seizure disorders.
Medical issues that are unique to symptoms of Down and other genetic syndromes fall into many categories...
Many types of disabilities are accompanied by behavior issues, difficulty in movement and/or seizures which can often lead to oral trauma or damage to the face or mouth.
Providing oral care for children and youth with special health care needs should generally follow the same standards of practice for typically developing children
Be sure and discuss any concerns that you have before the first appointment.
There are three primary ways that medications can affect the teeth and gums.
Children with autism spectrum disorders can display a variety of behaviors and reactions that can complicate oral care.
Great gift ideas from some of our favorite bloggers!
Finding Balance: Obesity and Children with Special Needs is a landmark report highlighting the epidemic of obesity in the special needs community and outlining innovative solutions for families, caregivers and professionals. The report is the first to focus exclusively on how the obesity epidemic affects children with special needs while providing innovative solutions.
Four parents give first hand perspectives about the challenges and lessons learned of trying to achieve a healthy weight for their children.
Research has demonstrated conclusively that both adults and children with disabilities are significantly more likely than their peers to be overweight or obese.
Obesity adds an additional layer of difficulty for special needs children,impacting their day-to-day lives as well as their long-term health.
Children with disabilities face the same obesity risks as other children as well as risk factors that are particular to their disability. In this report, Abilitypath.org has identified seven unique obesity risk factors faced by children with disabilities.
The impact of disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy on obesity are discussed.
A child’s weight is impacted by a variety of factors- some close to home and others influenced by public policies made hundreds or thousands of miles away. Just as each sphere of influence can be part of the problem; it can also be part of the solution.
Three programs that provide supportive communities that encourage health and fitness for special needs children and families are highlighted.
Here are a variety of resources for parents and professionals to encourage healthy habits including positive eating and fitness.
In case of an emergency, children with special needs should know emergency responders such as police officers and fire fighters are trusted helpers. Use this article to introduce your child to police officers and fire fighters.
The recent earthquakes and hurricanes on the east coast and the 10 year anniversary of 9-11 makes National Preparedness Month this year that more poignant.
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AbilityPath.org created four fun and festive activities to do with your kids this Fourth of July.
Families of children with an autism spectrum disorder are often faced with the dilemma of what to do over the summer. Where can my child go? What can he/she do? The answer is... just about anything, anywhere.
For parents of children with special needs, deducting every dollar possible is important to their already tight family budgets.
Popular travel destinations and guide, including Disneyland and Morgan's Wonderland, for your family including a child with special needs or a disability.
Baseball program for children with special needs enables them to fulfill their dreams of playing America’s national pastime.
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Giving toys to children with special needs presents parents with a unique set of challenges
With the holidays upon us, here’s a rundown on the 10 best gifts for kids with special needs
California is ranked lowest in the nation on health care for children with special health care needs
Gabrielle Stephens is a worried mom. “It seems as though everyday there is a product or food that is recalled and I worry about the dangers to my child,” says Stephens
New study released reporting that children with autism with picky diets still have the same average intake of calories and major nutrients as their peers'
A cough from your young child in the middle of the night may be causing you anxiety if you live in California
Anonymous Tip Leads To The Discovery of toxic chemical cadmium found in McDonald’s Glasses by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D) California and Results In A Nationwide Recall of over 12 million units
The doctor who linked early childhood vaccines to autism has been banned from practicing medicine in Great Britain
A new study links a common produce pesticide to the country's ADHD epidemic in children
Childhood Peanut Allergies Have More Than Tripled
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Ten healthy kid friendly foods with tips on how to get your child to eat them
Ten healthy kid friendly foods with tips on how to get your child to eat them
Cassy Christianson, OT and credentialed feeding and swallowing specialist answers parent’s questions about feeding children with special needs
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Watching your children grow is exciting. Sometimes you may not realize how much they have grown when you see them every day
A child’s growth is influenced by many factors, including
Dentistry resources in San Mateo County (CA) and nearby communities who serve children with special needs
Consult your pediatrician before starting finger foods and discuss the appropriate foods and the latest information on allergies and the appropriate ages to introduce certain foods
Tips on How to Get Your Baby to Sleeep
According to the National Institute for Maternal and Child Health, the top ten ways to reduce the risk of SIDS are
You can encourage your child to try new foods and textures by having him help you prepare the new foods
For children with Down syndrome, there may be additional circumstances that lead to more challenges with eating and swallowing
Bathing your infant or young child can be an enjoyable and special time
Adults can use play as a way to promote and support several areas of children’s development
Parents and health practitioners often track and measure development by observing milestones from infancy to young adulthood
Studies show that adequate sleep is vital for learning and memory, and that lack of sleep affects safety
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