Helping Trick-or-Treaters with Food Allergies

Before stocking up on Halloween candy this year, consider this: according to Food Allergy Research and Education Inc., 1 in every 13 trick-or-treaters who ring your doorbell may have a food allergy. The top eight food allergens that cause about 90% of reactions are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish; reactions […]

Top NYC Special Education Camps

The Quad Manhattan Located downtown at the Spruce Street School in Frank Gehry’s Beekman Tower, The Quad Manhattan incorporates “The Social Thinking” framework where children build specific skills and then generalize them into the community. Campers will be in state of the art facilities and near the water, which makes it perfect for outdoor activities! […]

Spring Fever for Families in Transition

Whatever your spring holiday tradition, Easter baskets, Passover or celebrating the Vernal Equinox, for families in transition, it can be a time when tensions run high, patience runs low, and the appetite for creating a perfect holiday may exceed the ability to produce an emotionally balanced meal that suits everyone’s tastes. Holidays conjure up the […]

Sensory Processing Disorder

Harry was an 8-year-old boy who loved basketball but couldn’t manage to go to more than two or three practices without leaving early and deciding to quit. He could rarely manage to make his shoes the perfect level of tightness so that his foot felt just squeezed enough, but even when he did, he couldn’t […]

Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Depending on where you live and other variables, children with special needs make up a significant percentage of your neighborhood, as anywhere from 10 – 20% of the population of children in the US are classified as special needs of one kind or another. If your child needs: Help keeping up with his/her school work […]

Little Dancers Making a Big Difference

This past weekend my daughter hosted her very first fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of NY. Her interest in the House began when she participated in the Fun Run in Kindergarten and she became committed, after having had the opportunity to tour the House. Her goal is to raise $12,775. This will cover a […]

Traumatic Brain Injury and Orthopedic Impairments

Many children have different health issues caused by brain and spinal cord injuries and brain tumors, as well as orthopedic impairments. I have written in previous blogs about children with Other Health Impairments (OHI) and explained that the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) uses (OHI) as one of the 14 classifications for children with chronic […]

My Daughter’s Smilestone: Locks of Love

This past weekend, my daughter reached a big goal. For a year, she’s been growing her hair in order to donate it to Locks of Love. Shortly after the cut, she was sporting her new adorable bob, and had a giant smile plastered on her face. She told me that she had reached a big […]

Children with Chronic Health Issues

An Introduction to Chronic Illness and Its Challenges In my 35 years of working with children with a chronic illness – known today as ‘Children with Special Health Care Needs’ (CSHCN) – and their families, there are still many gaps in services in the US for these children. There are financial entitlement issues, psycho-social concerns, […]