Tag: special needs

We’re All Wonders: Now, R.J. Palacio shares Auggie’s message with younger children too.

A few years ago, R.J. Palacio gave the world Wonder, a middle reader book that we here at Cool Mom Picks believe should be mandatory reading for all children and their parents, which is why we named it among our best children’s books of 2015. The truly moving novel about August (Auggie) Pullman, a boy who was born with a congenital facial abnormality and was heading to school for the first time in the fifth grade, is an important reminder to kids that everyone needs understanding, deserves friendship, and should feel free to be themselves. We couldn’t be more excited that this week,...

Read More

8 outstanding books that teach empathy for kids with special needs

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind. ―Henry James   You stocked up on school supplies, bought your kid a cool new lunch box and backpack, and purchased that first day of school outfit, but you may be missing one important item I like to have on my own kids’ back to school lists — books that teach empathy. Especially for those kids with special needs who may be new to a classroom, playgroup, or just the neighborhood this year. Besides feeling...

Read More

Braille Bricks: the coolest new toy for kids with visual impairments

If you know us at all, you know we geek out when we find cool toys or kids’ gear that promote inclusivity. So when we discovered Braille Bricks, the LEGO-inspired building blocks that help visually impaired kids can learn to spell through play, we thought they were absolutely brilliant. And now they’re trying to bring these toys to all kids, everywhere, and we want to help. It’s so easy and doesn’t cost a dime. But first, you’ve got to watch the video of these kids getting their first sets of Braille Bricks. Grab the tissues. It’s heart-meltingly sweet. It’s so, so smart too. These moveable blocks gives kids so...

Read More

Adaptive clothing for special kids gets more stylish. Thanks, Tommy Hilfiger.

It’s hard enough to get the kids up and ready for school most days, but when your morning routine also includes a lengthy struggle with buttons and zippers, it’s extra frustrating. This week, some of my friends and their fashionable tots who happen to have special needs got some very exciting news: The nonprofit group Runway of Dreams launched a cool collection of adaptive clothing from Tommy Hilfiger. In this collection, magnets replace zippers and buckles, and hidden magnetic closures are literally a snap to get on, with faux buttons on the outside that won’t give it away. This way, kids with disabilities can dress...

Read More

Crayon Crunch: Personalized books get kids with special needs in the story too.

We’ve mentioned before that only 3% of children’s books feature characters of color, and there are even fewer that feature kids with special needs. This makes me really sad for the millions of kids out there who want to open up a book and see someone they can identify with in the story, who looks like then. If you’re a parent who’s struggled to find illustrated kids’ books that represent your children, I’ve got good news. Crayon Crunch is an indie company that makes custom, personalized children’s books with characters that your kids will absolutely connect with — because your child is the main character....

Read More

Someone Special Books: Personalized books for kids with special needs of all kinds. Like making friends.

We love personalized books for kids, which always make special gifts for the kid who has everything. Also, what child doesn’t need more books in his or her library? But now we’ve discovered a publisher creating personalized books made just for kids with special needs and conditions, from Down Syndrome to Autism to food allergies and ADHD. This is simply a fantastic find for so many families and classrooms. The customizable books from authors Heather McCartney and Kate Ryan of Someone Special Books allow you to choose the appropriate title, then insert details like your child’s name, birthday, friends, or favorite activities, which are all incorporated into the rhyming text. But...

Read More

Web Coolness: Back to school giveaway, a babysitter sharing controversy, and Ryan Gosling wallpaper

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Our Back to School Shopping Guide series is up now, have you seen it? And don’t miss that huge giveaway! The science activity our kids are begging us to do again and again, and we don’t even mind. Remembering Robin Williams with our staff’s favorite movie clips. Did yours make our list? What would you do if someone asked for your best sitter’s number? Interesting comments. Here’s how to take the perfect back to school photo of your kids Hint: This free printable can help. Leave...

Read More

Soft clothing, for kids who never want to get dressed

If you’ve been putting off buying new spring clothes for your growing-like-a-weed child because they find most clothes too scratchy, tight, or rough, check out Soft clothing, a brand we’ve loved since they launched. And get ready to stock your kids’ closets with clothes they’ll actually want to wear. Plus, their new spring line, coming out later this month, is totally cute. Soft’s organic cotton, comfy, and tag-less clothes are created for kids with sensitivity issues like Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, ADHD, and other medical issues that can cause tactile sensitivity. Even if they aren’t diagnosed with an issue, for...

Read More

Web Coolness: Reasons not to help with homework, invaluable parenting advice, and a Star Wars rocking horse. Oh yeah.

It’s Friday again, which means it’s time for our roundup of the best links that we found on the Internet this week. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Toys, nature, and illustrations collide in a really fun way with this clever Instagram feed by @Khiesti. [ht handmade charlotte] Why you should reveal your baby’s name: A hilarious letter from our editor Liz’s daughter. Perhaps parents shouldn’t help kids with their homework after all. Reminiscing over this list of 24 children’s books we should read again as adults. Tough love help for spring cleaning. (We need it too!)   Bunny food:...

Read More

Downs Designs: Extra special clothes for extra special kids

My friend Natalie has a huge smile, bright red hair, and Down syndrome. That means her thigh bones and upper arm bones are a little shorter than the average girl her age, and most pants and shirt sleeves she tries on in a normal retail store are too long. As a result, she often ends up looking a little disheveled, which she hates. She loves to look cute. So I’m pretty sure she’s going to love Downs Designs, a clothing line designed especially for people with bodies like Natalie’s. This fantastic company was started by a sweet grandmother wanting...

Read More

Kids helping kids with tees? That’s mightee fine!

This cool website has one goal: to help teach kids valuable lessons in helping other kids in need. The really cute shirts just happen to be a bonus. Each month, Mightee Kids works with one special charity to craft a gorgeous, soft, kids’ tee shirt with a stylish design based on that month’s cause. You can buy individual shirts or sign up for a monthly t-shirt subscription (at a discounted rate). The shirt shows up in your mailbox along with a brochure that will help you discuss the cause, why it’s important, and how kids can take action, including...

Read More

Web Coolness: Talking to kids about Boston, touching photos of special kids, and Earth Day ideas

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too!  Our thoughts are with Boston this week. If you are struggling with how to talk to your kids about tragedies, there is a lot of help online for families. Great read: Five Certainties Following the Boston Marathon Bombings, from our friend Christine of Boston Mamas. Beautiful photography series shows how a photographer helped a child with Muscular Dystrophy go to all those places in his mind. (above, via Laughing Squid) This is Autism: Add your own photo to this amazing slideshow...

Read More

Web Coolness: Crazy crayons, the best baby shower gifts ever, and an app we wish were real

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Crayons become tiny works of alphabetical art. Amazing! Did you see our brand-new and super amazing (if we do say so ourselves) Baby Shower Gift Guide? Don’t miss all the great picks, and the chance to win $500 from Gap! That bittersweet moment when growing-up-kids stop believing in “magic.” We parents of tweens wish this clever app for parents was more than an April Fool’s joke. Hilarious! No, this one isn’t a joke, and it’s not from 1952: New Study Says Dads Want Moms...

Read More

A puzzle piece barrette that just fits for World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Although most people are probably pretty aware of autism, more needs to be done to raise both money for research and family aid, and to foster better understanding of kids (and adults) who are tired of feeling different and misunderstood.  And sometimes, it’s the little things that can help a person feel understood, like a smile and a kind word, or simply wearing an iconic puzzle piece which lets the world know that, yes, you are aware. Or as we would say, “I get it.” Representing the complexity and struggle of Autism, the...

Read More

Web Coolness: Peeps diorama contest winners, Laurie Berkner’s musical, and Victoria’s Secret backlash

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Creativity and the cuteness abound in this year’s Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest. RIP, Mr. Twinkie. New mamas, don’t miss Kristen’s post about 5 New Mom Things I Wish I’d Done Differently.Although Victoria’s Secret is now rethinking its decision, you all have a lot to say about the company’s marketing of provocative underwear to younger teens. This Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents and Terrorising Toddlers is music to our ears.  You could help give some special kids a very special...

Read More

Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21 with Lots of Socks

This Thursday, March 21st, we’d like you to help raise awareness about World Down Syndrome Day, not by making a donation to research (although that’s always nice), or signing a petition, or running a 5K. Instead, we ask that you and the kids find the craziest socks you’ve got, and pile them on.  Yup, really. Join us and wear Lots of Socks on March 21st.   This could be perhaps my favorite awareness campaign ever, since I groove on having toasty toes. Plus, it’s so easy to do! Just find the brightest, loudest socks you can, throwing them on...

Read More

Special kids’ tees you’ll fall in love with for so many reasons

Funky t-shirts are my kids’ uniform. Since my boys share clothing, I need a material that can stand up to my kids’ rugged routines. Oh, and eco-friendly threads are always welcome. Now imagine all this, complete with cool designs created by artists with special needs to support great causes. Yeah, I’m excited too. I am in love with Paper Clouds Apparel. The sweet guitar you see here was designed by an artist with special needs. For every purchase of a bamboo or cotton blend t-shirt printed with organic paints, 50% of all proceeds go directly to a rotating charity–currently...

Read More

Web Coolness: napping DJ baby, Thanksgiving treats, and understanding autism

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. A while back, she was photographing her daughter napping in fanciful scenes. Now, Adele Enersen is doodling around her sleeping son who becomes a rocking DJ, runway model, or cellist in his dreams. If you’ll be the one hosting Thanksgiving dinner check out this amazing list of Thanksgiving resources from our own Stacie. If someone else is cooking you Thanksgiving dinner (lucky!), grab one of these free printable wine labels and gift tags from Sarah Hearts and bring something delicious for...

Read More

Web Coolness: Kung Fu toddler, NYC Marathon aid, and lying about lice

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Our hearts were warmed to see the photos of New York City Marathoners going to help the people of Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy. And this story of their day is incredibly touching. One of CMP’s favorite kindie voices (and overall great guy) Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could will donate a portion of sales at this Sunday’s concert and fundraiser in Tribeca to the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. What a lovely post about a child whose love of running keeps her...

Read More

Web Coolness: Felix’s jump, World Food Day, and “Tricky People”

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Relive Felix Baumgartner’s unbelievable jump, this time with LEGO bricks and one brave minifigure. Bittersweet news that beloved blogging parent, Susan Niebur, who passed away from cancer last year, was awarded the prestigious 2012 Harold Masursky Award for outstanding service to planetary science and exploration. “Pin it forward“: Such smart and thoughtful ways to use Pinterest other than as simply a place for your favorite things. What a cool kid! This little girl dresses like a different historical figure or...

Read More
  • 1
  • 2

Follow us on Instagram!

Subscribe

Pin It on Pinterest