Happy, Healthy and Holistic

  How these local parents are taking a natural approach to treating their children’s illnesses                        Tammy Fisse had nearly given up on finding a treatment that would help soothe her dau...

Spotlight — Raphael Academy

Nola Family turns the spotlight this month on Raphael Academy, a school for children and young adults with special needs. As the mother of a child with special needs, Jacqueline Case grew concerned when the ed...
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Sensing a Problem — Sensory Processing Disorder

Local kids and their families learn to cope with Sensory Processing Disorder Julian Collen was only 2 years old when his parents began to notice something wasn’t quite right with their otherwise healthy son. T...

Grow Me Something, Mister!

Local kids plant gardens, raise chickens to create a more sustainable way of life  After Hurricane Katrina tore through Corrie Spano’s neighborhood in 2005, she found herself waiting in line with what seemed l...

Have a Family? You Need a Will

It’s easy to put off planning for your family’s future security. No one expects to die while they—and their families—are young, and planning for the possibility can seem downright scary. What’s scarier, though,...
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Challenges Facing Siblings of Special Needs Kids

Children with special needs—such as chronic illness or developmental disabilities—present challenges as well as advantages for families. Special care requires great attention and energy for parents, along with ...

Understanding Autism

understanding autism is the first step in early intervention    There is considerable evidence that autism is on the rise. Prevalence rates are estimated at six cases per 1,000 births. Contrary to common...
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Treatments But Not Cures For Autism

multiple challenges, multiple treatments In general, people on the spectrum have sensory sensitivity, speech and communication challenges, and social cognitive difficulties—including rigidity, restricted...
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Tips To Prevent Bullying Of Autistic Children

  There are measures you can take to help your child with ASD from being bullied.  1.  Role play the situations. Start the conversation to make them feel safe and be as specific as possible. 2.  Mak...