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Kids With Special Needs Get (Gasp!) Bullied

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Brace yourselves for a shocker. Kids with special needs -- who struggle with medical, emotional or emotional issues -- tend to have more problems in school and are bullied more often than other kids.
Researchers point out obvious, but also call for communities to help kids.

Parents of Children With ADHD Face Serious Stress, Study Shows

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There's no doubt ADHD is tough on the children who suffer from the disorder, but it's really hard on parents, too.
LiveScience reports a recent study published in the Journal of Family Psychology finds parents o...
The entire family should be considered when treating a child with ADHD, researchers say.

High School Special-Needs Softball Team Hits a Homerun

Megan Taylor, a junior at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, Md., deemed herself a "huge loner" on her eighth grade softball team. But the teen, who has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is now the proud captain of her hi...A sports team for special-needs students boosts confidents and allows teens to represent their school.

'Vent Camp' Gives Summer Fun for Kids on Respirators

Imagine being a quadriplegic teenager confined to a wheelchair and tethered to a respirator. Think of all the childhood experiences that would be denied of you. You could never play sports, dance at the prom, join the cheerleading squad, go to...Camp gives kids a break from being "disabled."

Down Syndrome Teens Named High School Prom King and Queen

A special needs couple won prom king and queen. Credit: Getty Images
High school probably should have been tough for Toni Alten-Crowe.
Teens can be cruel enough without throwing a disorder like Down syndrome into the mix. "I imag...
It was the first time the Loveland, Ohio school gave the crown to a special needs couple.

Why I Quit Using the Word 'Retarded'

I'm a child of the '80s. We had our own lexicon back then. Words we used the way people now use "holla" and "unfriend." One of the words was "whale," as in, "Seniors Whale," as in, seniors are really cool and far superior to all other forms of you...If using the "R-word" hurts, why use it?

'Positive Discipline for Children With Special Needs': Author Q&A

Watch Videos Related to This Article Children with special needs need discipline, just like every other kid on the planet. How else are they going to learn about limits and boundaries, right from wrong and the basics of socially acceptable behavio...Book says cchildren, including those with special needs, deserve the chance to feel capable, important and self-possessed.

The Word 'Retard': Stop Using It

Ellen and her son Max. Courtesy of Ellen Seidman.
Let's say you have a child with disabilities who has cognitive delays, and when people jokingly uses the word "retard" to call someone stupid, it bothers you.
Let's say that in honor...
Try a little project: For a few days you will message people on Twitter who use the word "retard" and let them know the r-word is derogatory to people with disabilities.

Nearly 5 Million U.S. Children Go Without Health Insurance

"Katie ... who?" The name Katie Beckett often draws blank stares -- even among adults who work with disabled children. But the Katie Beckett Waiver is a federal program (also known as the Deeming Waiver or the 2176 Model Waiver) that often enabl...The name Katie Beckett often draws blank stares -- even among adults who work with disabled children. But the Katie Beckett Waiver is a federal program (also known as the Deeming Waiver or the 2176 Model Waiver) that often enables disabled children to be eligible for Medicaid and other services.

Blind Students Learn Alongside Sighted Classmates

A new way to look at teaching blind children. Photo: ABC News
For children who are visually impaired, going to preschool often means being separated from their sighted peers. Attending special schools with adapted curriculum and classrooms, th...

Jennifer Hudson, Silver Linings, and Special Needs Bill of Rights - Links We Love

Riding in the back of the station wagon: No longer allowed. Photo: sxc.hu
Parents of kids with special needs now have their own Bill of Rights, thanks to Max's mom Ellen. "We have the right to expect our kids to be seen for who they are as ind...

Time-Out Rooms - Is There a Better Way?

Time-out rooms, also known as seclusion rooms, are used in special education programs around the country. Usually a means of last resort, they're closet-sized rooms with a lockable door and a window with unbreakable glass. The idea is, when a stud...

Autistic Girl Kicked out of Girl Scout Troop

Like many autistic children, 8-year-old Magi Klages finds new situations to be stressful. So her parents weren't surprised when she began acting out by biting herself and running around at her first gathering with her new Girl Scout troop in Wisconsi...

Autism more common in rainy climates

According to experts, the increasing number of autistic children can be partly attributed to the fact that doctors are better able to diagnose the condition than they used to be. But better diagnostic techniques cannot account for the fact that autis...

The end of amniocentesis?

Amniocentesis is not only uncomfortable, it can put an unborn baby at risk. Still, the test is often the only way that parents can find out if their baby if there baby has a chromosomal disorder, such as Down's syndrome. Though the risk is small, any...


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