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...

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...

The Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps in New Orleans

We've compiled the ultimate guide to summer camps in NOLA! Whether you are looking for sleepaway, sports, dance, art, special needs or all-around general day camps, you'll find them here!   ARTS/MUSIC/TH...
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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...
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The World Of Autism

by Peggy Spear Disorder is different for each child—and therein lies the problem. When it was first diagnosed in 1943, experts thought that number of children with the disorder was 1 in 10,000. Now, according...

New Study Shows Environmental Causes For Autism

 quick read: Three things you can take from this press release. Autism is increasing ( CDC ) , A new Stanford University Study shows 57% of autism cases studied have environmental causes, and the Safe Chemical ...

Special Needs Camps

Providing great experiences for kids with special needs Summer camp. There are so many great benefits for kids—fostering confidence and independence, building new and lasting friendships, and increasing ...