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This website is lovingly dedicated to my daughter Monica, who was born with a neural tube defect, called an occipital encephalocele.

Despite multiple disabilities, including cortical blindness, developmental delays, polycystic kidney disease and a complex partial seizure disorder, Monica continues to explore, learn and enjoy life. Monica is a delight and inspiration to all that know her.

We hope that this website will provide hope, support and inspiration for families with special needs.

Take a tour of our website and discover family fun and recreation, family health and wellness, family life and relationships, parenting and disability support for families with special needs.

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Sign language is used to communicate with people with hearing impairments, disabilities, and preverbal infants. Despite the popular use of computerized communication devices, research suggests that teaching sign language, especially involving simultaneously produced signs and words will likely accelerate a person's ability to speak.

Online education programs, whether they’re fully online or blended, can be a beneficial approach for students who have specific needs for alternative course work. Most often, these students are: homeschooled students; advanced or accelerated students; disabled students; students who travel frequently, students who struggle socially at school, and students who need extra support or tutoring in a specific subject.

•Every bride wants her wedding day to be the perfect day, the day that she's dreamed of since she was a little girl. Brides with disabilities and special needs are no different. With just a little creativity, wedding planning and imagination, her wedding day can be just as spectacular as she has always imagined.

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•Parents, teachers and therapists of children with autism often use interactive reading to facilitate interaction and social skills as it sparks their imagination and also engages them in a social activity. It also makes reading fun, which helps children to approach the learning process with enthusiasm rather than the dread they tend to feel if they are struggling to progress with their reading.

Container gardening is an accessible way to grow plants. A patio area can be brightened by the addition of baskets of cascading tomatoes or a colorful herb mix. Planter boxes or buckets can be used to create a garden space on an apartment balcony. Container gardening presents opportunities for many innovative and accessible ideas to enjoy gardening.

•Special Education Art by Helen Goren Shafton - Art is important to the development of all children, but it is particularly valuable to children with disabilities. When creating art, the child is building a wide variety of skills – both motor and cognitive. The various sensory experiences involved in art production are positive and pleasurable. The creative process provides opportunities for expressing ideas and emotions, which can sometimes be difficult for the child with disabilities.

•Developing childrens motor skills are important when they are very young. Teaching your child these motor skills in the form of a craft or a game allows him or her to learn while also having family fun. Learning these skills will help make them better prepared for when they go off to school and will help them succeed. Developing motor skills can be fun and creative. If the craft or activity is something your child looks forward to doing, they’ll want to keep practicing so they can do better.

•Home safety for your special-needs child - Just as with any child, it’s important to make your home as safe as possible for your special-needs son or daughter. Not only do we have to make sure that the house is safe and secure, but we also need to find as many ways as possible to make their lives easier as well as the environment safer.

•When our children have special needs, traveling becomes more difficult to plan and research, but it can be full of surprises and memories you won't have wanted to miss. Use this guide to travelling with special needs children.

•Family fun brings not only enjoyment but BIG family health benefits. And if you look carefully, you can find fun in whatever you do... it is only a matter of attitude. Taking time for the things that you enjoy can help you feel better about yourself and more satisfied with life. When you feel this way, you might be more likely to exercise, eat well, get regular medical care and reach out to friends and family - all of which can benefit you physically and mentally.

•Developmental age-appropriate toys - When choosing toys for your child, it is important to consider developmental age. If your child has been diagnosed with a developmental disability or delay, her pediatrician, speech therapist, teacher, and occupational and physical therapists can offer suggestions on the types of developmental toys that will be most beneficial. In general, look for toys at or slightly above your child's skill level. It is important to have toys that can be successfully play with as well as those that challenge.

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