Special Needs

Special Needs

Podcast Episode #15: Special Needs Parenting with Cyndra Cole

In the latest episode of aParently Speaking, host Miriam Conner talks about special needs parenting with mother of five Cyndra Cole. As the mother of a child with Williams syndrome and a member of the board of trustees for the Williams Syndrome Association, Cole shares some of her experiences including the diagnosis, the joys and challenges of special needs parenting, and the mission statement she created for her daughter. ...
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Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center Parent Tip of the Week

What is Velopharyngeal Insufficiency (VPI) and how is it Treated?

Commonly referred to as hypernasality, velopharyngeal insufficiency, or VPI, is a resonance disorder (how the cavities of the mouth and nose affect the way speech sounds) that results from too much air moving through the nose during speech. Learn about the causes, symptoms and treatment of this disorder. ...
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Willoughby-Eastlake Toy Library has Play Options for Kids with Special Needs

Check out more than books: the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library has launched a brand new Toy Library with more than 70 toys that can be checked out for 21 days at

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How to Protect a Wandering Loved One Who is on the Autism Spectrum

Wandering and elopement behaviors can pose unique safety risks for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Luckily, there are many accessible tools to help keep these individuals safe. ...
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special needs resources in Ohio

LiveSpecial.com 2018-19 Magazine Now Available

Northeast Ohio Parent is proud to partner with NCJW/Cleveland in the creation of an annual publication highlighting LiveSpecial.com, the free and comprehensive resource for individuals with special needs and their families. The 2018-19 edition, including a digital version, is now available. ...
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things to do in Cleveland, Ohio

Northeast Ohio Events for Families of Children with Special Needs: September 2018

All month long, attractions and organizations in the greater Cleveland/Akron area offer events dedicated to individuals who have special needs and their families. Check the list below to find family

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back to school with autism

How to Prepare Your Child with Autism for Returning to School

As we approach the end of summer, it is time to start thinking about how to transition back to a school routine. Consider the following strategies when getting your kiddos

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Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center Parent Tip of the Week

What is the Difference Between a Cochlear Implant and a Hearing Aid?

Hearing aids and cochlear implants are both electronic devices that help improve hearing. How they do that is what makes them very different. Although both types of devices work best for people with permanent hearing loss, cochlear implants are traditionally recommended for people with severe to profound hearing loss, while hearing aids are recommended for people with mild to severe hearing loss. Learn more about the differences here. ...
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Free All-Star Jam Youth Skills Clinic for All Abilities

United Disability Services' second annual All-Star Jam Youth Skills Clinic will give boys and girls of all abilities in grades third through eighth the opportunity to learn new basketball skills or strengthen existing ones under the guidance of experienced local coaches and volunteers. The deadline to register is July 20. ...
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Structuring Unstructured Time for Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

Summer is here, bring on the sunshine! While it has its perks, this season also can bring new challenges for families whose loved ones must adjust to a new schedule.

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