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Ten easy-to-incorporate ideas that help make your child's birthday party a party to remember. Read more

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Break your efforts down into smaller steps when things seem like they are getting out of your control. Read more

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Though its easier to stay home rather than worrying about meltdowns and explanations when you have a child with special needs, dont. Show these tips to the host or hostess of the next holiday party to make the night a success for everyone. Read more

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Small gestures can help in big ways. Read more

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Writer Gillian Marchenko shares some tips for a successful school year with your special needs child. Read more

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When it comes to therapy, it isn't one size fits all. Here's how to make therapy work for your family. Read more

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Your friend or family member just received a special needs diagnosis for their child. Your support is needed more than ever right about now. Read more

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When the doctor finishes his evaluation and tells you what he think might be wrong with your child, don't turn immediately to your cellphone for the 'real' answers. Read more

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Raising a child with special needs can be difficult. While parents get stuck thinking about the hard parts, it's easy for them to think about the good things. Read more

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Fifty-seven thousand students with disabilities are enrolled in the Chicago Public School system. How can families talk to their kids about children with special needs? Read more

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Sometimes siblings of special needs kids feel left out, or super responsible. Chicago has some great resources for balancing your parenting when you have children with different needs. Read more

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