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Childhood Depression
August 15, 2014 9:00 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
When I heard that Robin Williams had passed away my heart broke. When I learned that he had been suffering from severe depression and committed suicide my heart shattered. Depression - an often misunderstood disease. A disease that is not easy for those Read More...
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Oh, Look, a Squirrel!
March 10, 2014 1:28 PM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
My youngest son was diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficient Disorder). For those who aren't familiar with ADD a conversation can go something like this: Me: "Hey bud, how was school? Do you have any homework?" N: "Good. I don't think so. I'll check. Can Read More...
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Accessibility in the Magic Kingdom
October 31, 2013 9:09 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
~ I have a vision of a place where children and parents could have fun together." ~Walt Disney There has been quite a bit in the news lately about the Walt Disney Corporation stopping their policy to allow children with special needs the opportunity to Read More...
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Autism Speaks Out about Newtown Tragedy
December 18, 2012 12:01 PM by Cecilia Cruse
In the wake of the horrible mass shooting that occurred this past Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT one of the inferences that has come up is that the gunman Adam Lanza may have had a diagnosis of Asperger's which incidentally, will be removed Read More...
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Sequestration: A Political No Win for Our Kids with Special Needs
September 4, 2012 3:05 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I have to admit, that even a few months ago the word sequestration was not even in my vocabulary. Now it seems, with politics getting more acrimonious as we speed toward the November election, this word has (or should!) become our battle cry for the children Read More...
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Some Promising Grants
July 15, 2012 7:25 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I am often asked if I know of any good grant opportunities specific to kids with special needs. My wish would be to have a full time grant researcher/writer at my fingertips as both searching for then applying for funds can be a daunting task. For now, Read More...
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Some Very Special Fathers
June 14, 2012 6:01 PM by Cecilia Cruse
In my years as a clinic and school therapist, I have had the delightful privilege of meeting some amazing fathers of children with special needs. So, in honor and tribute for this Sunday's Father's Day here is a blog from Ellen Seidman at Love That Max Read More...
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A Company Making a Difference!
June 12, 2012 3:29 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Did you know that a recent study indicates that 1 in 3 adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) does not have a paying job and/or has not attended any higher education after high school? Enter Danish entrepreneur Thorkil Sonne who, as a father of a Read More...
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Some Very Special Sitters
May 8, 2012 5:54 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I came across this article on my iPad from USA Today and just had to pass along as this is helpful information! Seems there are several companies popping up around the country that specialize in providing sitter services and much needed respite care for Read More...
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I.E.P, P.P.T, OMG
May 5, 2011 11:06 AM by Wendy Hof
Well it's just about that time of the year again. Time for parents, therapists, teachers and school administrators to get involved in the process of assuring all the necessary goals, objectives, therapies, and special accommodations are in place for those Read More...
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Tuesday Tidbit – Special Toys for Special Kids
December 7, 2010 11:23 PM by Wendy Hof
" Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping. " ~Bo Derek It's that time of year again. Time to find that "perfect" gift for the ones we love. When it comes to the children we love who have special needs this can be Read More...
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