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COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2. Call it what you want, but the novel coronavirus is all anyone is talking about anymore. The COVID-19 health pandemic has closed schools, canceled most activities and isolated most everyone at home all at once. In the midst of the social distancing, self-isolation, quarantines, and lockdowns, we’re all [Read More]
As more cities place limits on public gatherings in order to help prevent the spread of the Covid 19 Coronavirus, many local events, such as our own annual Birmingham Parent’s Special Needs Expo are being canceled or postponed because of the Coronavirus outbreak, as organizations put “social distancing” measures in [Read More]
“Why do you talk like that?” I heard the question come from behind me as I helped another child in the Sunday school class. “It’s just the way I am.” I heard my sister-in-law wisely answer the curious boy. My sister-in-law, Kara, was born with cerebral palsy. She was helping [Read More]
About 20 years ago, Ryan Hirn and his family, who lived in Texas, were in a fiery car accident. Dawn and Ron Hirn, Ryan’s parents, and his two-year-old brother Tyler were burned over more than 27 percent of their bodies, but they survived. Seven-year-old Ryan unfortunately did not. Dawn Ryan [Read More]
Enlisting a nanny to help care for your children can be a fulfilling experience for all parties involved. To get your parent-nanny relationship off to the right start experts suggest it be grounded in open communication and mutual consideration. “The best way to facilitate communication and avoid problems down the [Read More]
You’ve probably seen “Little Couple,” “Little People, Big World,” or even “7 Little Johnstons” on The Learning Channel. These programs hope to take some of the mystery away from families with “little people,” who may have achondroplasia, much like our cover model Daisy this month, as well as give a [Read More]
Special Needs Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind 205 South St. E. Talladega, AL 35160 256-761-3284 www.aidb.org AIDB is the world’s most comprehensive education, rehabilitation, and service program for individuals of all ages who are deaf, blind, deaf-blind and multi-disabled. Serving over 26,000 infants, toddlers, children, and adults in Alabama each [Read More]
Reese White is just like any other second-grade girl. As the youngest of David and Kelley White’s four children, Reese is the only one in the household who isn’t tall enough to look at herself in the mirror above the bathroom sink. Reese was getting ready for bed on March [Read More]
When it comes to parenting, there’s always lots of questions. Is that safe? What food should we be feeding baby? Does that cough mean we should go to the doctor? Is our child reaching milestones on time? What can sometimes be overlooked, at least with younger children, is dental hygiene. [Read More]
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes abound this time of year. For Black History Month, perhaps it’s worthy to go back to his last, but timeless Christmas sermon, where he says, “The Christmas hope for peace and goodwill toward all men can no longer be dismissed as a kind of pious dream [Read More]