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3 Special Needs Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Busy parents can learn and stay informed on the special needs community with special needs podcasts In this day and age, information and resources are a click away. Parents of special needs children have many more opportunities to stay up to date and informed on the special needs community, caregiver tips, and general information than... Read more

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A Common Mistake when Planning for the Future

We recently came upon a story that hits very close to home for us and for a lot of families with a special needs family member. This family which includes Sarah, their sister with Down Syndrome, had many conversations over the years specifically planning for the sad, sometimes scary, but necessary question -  What will... Read more

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Health Tips for Adults with Special Needs

Physical and mental health is as important for adults with special needs as it is for anyone else. A healthy lifestyle as you are getting older becomes even more important to take care of your physical and mental well being. You may have all the best intentions to take care of yourself, but having the... Read more

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3 Helpful Books for Independent Special Needs Adults

Informative books for special needs adults can help bridge the gap to becoming more independent. Moving out on your own for the first time can be a scary experience. There isn’t anyone to answer to anymore and you immediately have responsibilities that you probably haven’t had in the past. For special needs adults, moving out... Read more

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3 Water Safety Tips for Special Needs Individuals

You can enjoy a fun and safe day in the water with these water safety tips for individuals with special needs Children and adults alike have a natural attraction to the water. On hot summer days, an afternoon at the local community pool, water park, or in your backyard is always a fun way to... Read more

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5 Summer Activities for Children with Special Needs

It's almost that time of year where kids will be out of school and cherishing every moment of summer vacation. Parents, on the other hand, may be looking for some fun and creative activities to get their children out of the house and into the fresh air. Parents of special needs children can use this... Read more

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3 Day Programs for Adults with Special Needs in New Jersey

Summer is fast approaching and with the weather getting nicer it may be time to consider some day programs for your adult family member with special needs. Luckily, New Jersey has a vast amount of day programs all over the state. This gives your special needs loved one an opportunity to socialize with other adults... Read more

Benefits of Learning how to Swim for Adults with Special Needs

Swimming has benefits for everyone; learning how to swim for Special Needs Adults is much more significant. Swimming has a multitude of benefits for people of all ages and abilities. For men and women with physical or developmental disabilities, learning how to swim can not only be a physically and socially stimulating activity, it can... Read more

Employment for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

For parents, any parent, you do worry about the future for your child such as what type of job or employment opportunities they will have. When your child is on the spectrum, it can be even more worrisome, not knowing what possibilities are available to them. Autism Speaks has phenomenal resources for you and your... Read more

Music Therapy Benefits and NJ Locations for Adults with Special Needs

Music is a big part of our lives. You hear it everywhere. In subway stations, waiting rooms, and of course on the radio. What might not be as well known is the idea using music as a form of therapy, which can be very beneficial for adults with special needs. According to the American Music... Read more

Caretaker Tips: De-escalation Techniques

De-escalation is an important subject when it comes to taking care of adults with special needs. Adults living with special needs have little control when it comes to their behavior. Learning how to de-escalate whatever situation that might occur when dealing with a special needs adult is an essential tool for caretakers. Prevention Prevention is... Read more

Activities for Adults With Special Needs

Adults with special needs face many challenges. One such challenge is finding the right activity that can help them bond with other people while keeping them engaged. Whether it's physical or musical activities, the right activity will help support their quality of life. Physical Activities Physical activity provides a way for adults with special needs... Read more

Infographic: A Day in the Life of a Caregiver

SMILE salutes every person who works tirelessly to help their family members with special needs have the best possible life! … Read more

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Housing Options for Adults with Special Needs

As young adults with special needs grow older, it comes time for a family to consider housing, support and caring options as these young adults enter adulthood. Thankfully, today, there are plenty of housing options for adults with special needs, which may help make this difficult transition easier. While there are pros and cons to... Read more

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11 Uplifting Facts About Individuals Living with Down Syndrome

Here at SMILE, we believe that we can all work together to help those in our community with special needs to live life to the fullest and achieve their highest potential. So in honor of these amazing people, we’re sharing some positive & uplifting facts about Down Syndrome & those who live with it. We... Read more

Caregiver Burnout: Causes, Symptoms, Prevention & Remedies

As a caregiver of intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals, it isn’t uncommon to face difficulties and challenges along the road that cause great deals of physical and mental stress and fatigue. This is especially true with caregivers balancing various other aspects of their lives on top of caregiving, including work, school, volunteer work and... Read more