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Educating and Parenting Teenagers with Special Needs

Finding the right school for a child with special needs

Finding a school to suit your child can be one of the most challenging aspects of parenting, especially if your child has special needs and requires remedial support or more than what an average mainstream school can offer.

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Why inclusion is more important than adaptation for special needs teenagers

The power of community is something we as humans feel continuously. In some small way something that we may not recognise as inclusion, makes us feel good and a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Stimming explained

“In the first place, a stim is a sensory trip of enjoyable feelings. It may start small but it can take over your life- not so much life, but all you do is less important than the stim itself if... Continue Reading →

Using movies to discuss boundaries with your special needs teen

iscussing the topic of boundaries with your special needs teenager is not always easy for a parent. Not for reasons of discomfort, but more so because social, emotional and personal boundaries are something that is mostly inherently understood by neurotypical teenagers and confusingly, has no official rule book to make navigating complex interactions easy.

Raising independent teens with special needs

Wanting to protect your child from the evils of the world is a fierce and natural instinct of nearly every parent throughout time. It’s easier to think that teenagers are just not ready for what’s out there or that they... Continue Reading →

Understanding anxiety with learning disabilities

It is a common clinical observation that most adolescents with learning disabilities have a much higher incidence of associated symptoms of severe anxiety than their neuro-typical peers.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex condition, and a lot of people affected by it are desperately navigating the dearth of information that is spread through well-meaning friends, family and the media. Here is the truth behind five common... Continue Reading →

How language causes anxiety in a person with Autism

It’s a fairly well-known fact that people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) find difficulty with communication. The problem, however may not lie with the autism brain, but rather with people who are not on the spectrum, who rarely speak purely... Continue Reading →

When sexual maturity collides with developmental disability

For parents of children with learning disabilities, puberty is a challenge that cannot be ignored or brushed aside with brief explanations.

Preparing your child with special needs for another school year

After a wonderful break, this time of the year inevitably brings with it the stress and anxieties that surround the start of a new school year. These are not limited to children with special needs; all children of any age... Continue Reading →

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