Project Lifesaver Helps to Find Missing Loved Ones

It’s not uncommon for elderly individuals or people with cognitive disabilities to wander off or get lost due to confusion. When the person can’t...

How to Help Kids with Autism Make Friends

Relationships and friendships are important, and parents of children on the autism spectrum know that making friends isn’t always easy for some children on...

Indy Autism Project

In December 2020, Indianapolis city-county council member, Ali Brown, launched the Indy Autism Project, a project to increase community awareness in Indy's neurodiverse community. Brown has...

The Arc of Indiana Offers Programs for Children and Adults with Disabilities

Since 1956, The Arc of Indiana has been working to empower children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There are 43 chapters in...

Neurodiversity 101

During the Autistic Rights Movement of the 1990s, a new term was coined to describe the brains of people with neurological differences. First used...

Rethinking the Words We Use

Most of us have probably heard the phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Anyone who has...

Special Needs Sports Opportunities in Indy

Participating in sports can play an important role in the development of a child. Sports teach coordination and help with physical development, and also...

Indiana Family Supports HCBS Waiver

The Indiana Family Supports HCBS Waiver is available to individuals and families who qualify, and can be a wonderful support, both with care and...

Local Spotlight: Sensory Play Date

Kate Broyles wanted to create a store where everyone is welcome. So she opened Sensory Play Date in Carmel, a specialty toy store focused...

Accessible and Inclusive Playgrounds in Indianapolis

With warmer weather right around the corner, it’s time to get out and enjoy some fresh air. Thankfully, there are plenty of options for...

How to Explain Autism to Children

Big Bird was confused. The new, orange-haired girl playing on Sesame Street seemed like she didn’t want to talk to him or give him...

Disability Awareness Month at The Children’s Museum

Each March, Disability Awareness Month is recognized throughout Indiana. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis continues to provide valuable experiences and an inclusive environment for...

Special Occasions and Special Needs Kids

When you think of the holidays, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s decorating cookies, gathering around the table with loved ones, or singing your...

Making Holiday Mealtimes Manageable

As we begin the Holiday season, the promise of good food, possible time with family, sharing of gifts and more food is exciting! Even...

The Internal Struggle is Real

Anyone who has struggled with anxiety knows it’s a struggle, and this is for both children and adults alike. During this unpredictable time, anxiety...

Helping Kids with ADHD Cope with Distractions

Because of COVID-19, this school year has started off differently than any other we have experienced. For children who are learning remotely, we may...

How to Manage and Prevent a Panic Attack

Palms are sweaty. Knees weak. Arms are heavy. These aren’t just the lyrics to an Eminem song, they are also tell-tale signs of a...

Find Your Tribe

You have probably heard the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child,” and after becoming a parent, it’s easy to see...

Helping Children Work Through Grief

Grief is a complicated mixture of emotions that comes in waves and can be challenging for people to recognize and deal with. This is true...

11 Ways That Caregivers Can Prioritize Self-Care

This time of social distancing and isolation can bring on a wide range of emotions, including a heightened sense of anxiety and stress. This can be...

Give Me a Break!

This time of social distancing and isolation can bring on a wide range of emotions, including a heightened sense of anxiety and stress. This...

8 Tips for Nudging Your Child Towards Tidiness

With all the extra time that we are spending at home right now, our living spaces are probably looking rather … lived in, to...

Your Child’s Messy Room

With all the extra time that we are spending at home right now, our living spaces are probably looking rather … lived in, to...

The Benefits of Gardening with Children

There is something therapeutic about gardening for both young and old alike. Maybe it’s the feel of the dirt between your fingers. Maybe it’s the...

Carter’s Play Place Offers Dance Fit Class to Celebrate Autism Awareness Month

In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, Carter’s Play Place is kicking-off a unique five-week dance and fitness program, Dance Fit for ALL, that will...

Dental Care for Kids with Special Needs

Having a baby in the NICU is one of the scariest things a parent can face. Here are some tips for coping with that reality.

Should We Get a Pet?

Pets can offer a unique type of unconditional love and companionship that children with special needs can benefit from.

FREE Sensory-Friendly Skate Day at the Ice at Center Green

The City of Carmel is hosting two Sensory-Friendly Skate Days on January 27 and February 24 at the Ice at Center Green, 4:00-6:00pm! The city...

Handling the Holidays with Autism

It’s beginning to look, smell, sound and feel a lot like Christmas everywhere you go. Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it...

Sleep Strategies for Kids with Special Needs

Sleep: We all want it, we all need it, and many of us are not at our finest without it. We expect to deal with...

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