Special Needs

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...

Inclusive and Accessible Playgrounds in Indianapolis

It’s time to get out and enjoy some fresh air! Thankfully, there are plenty of options for families with children of all ages and abilities...

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...

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...

INvestABLE Indiana: Giving Hoosiers with Disabilities the Ability to Save

Individuals with disabilities encounter barriers and challenges that many others don’t. As a result of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014,...

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...

Relaxation Techniques for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Breathe in through your nose. Hold it. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Breathe out through your nose. Feel your stomach rise and fall. Repeat.  Relax. It’s...

Keep Calm and Parent On

We think of childhood as a carefree time of play and fun, but in reality, anxiety can manifest in children at nearly any age....

5 Tips for Connecting with Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Nearly 1 in 59 children have an autism spectrum disorder, meaning there is a good chance that you and your family will meet a...

Making a Splash on the Spectrum

If you have a young child, you understand the importance of water safety and learning to swim. The moment a child can get out...

Including All in the Fun

We all have different abilities. Too often, focus is placed on what we can’t do. At Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) we believe...

Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs

As parents, we want to know our children are being well cared for when they are not in our presence. We want people to...

Have a Sensory-friendly Holiday

Bright lights. Loud music. Lots of people. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be overwhelming for kids with sensory sensitivities, including...

After the Diagnosis

You are not alone. That’s the crucial message experts want parents to remember in the days, weeks and months after their child receives an...

How to Write Great IEP Goals

Back to school means new classmates, new teachers and, for many students with special needs, a new set of all-important IEP goals.     An IEP –...

BACA Bolt for Autism 5K

Bring your friends & family and join us for the 5th Annual BACA Bolt for Autism 5K. This professionally timed event, hosted by the Behavior...

The 30 Million Word Gap

Boosting your child’s chances of academic success doesn’t require drilling them on vocab words as toddlers, buying pricey learning apps or packing their schedule...

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...

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