Nurturing in the Neighborhood

Nurturing in the Neighborhood Niagara University, the Niagara Falls City School District ,and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center are bringing free early childhood activities to Niagara Falls! Activities include early childhood learning, early reading skills, food and nutrition, recreational fun, behavioral health, developmental screenings, social interactions, and more! A unique piece of ‘Nurturing in the Neighborhood’ is parent

Kindercamp – for Children Entering Kindergarten

About Kindercamp Kindercamp is a program specifically designed to ease the transition for children (and their families) entering kindergarten. Kindercamp is embedded within a graduate course offered by the College of Education, and introduces children to various developmentally appropriate learning experiences and activities that build upon and strengthen skills necessary for kindergarten. Activities focus on

Moms of Children with Special Needs Retreat

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​What to Expect on an AMR Retreat Three nights of peace, sleep and friendship with other moms who already understand your challenges! Breakfast daily. Transportation and other meals extra. Total lodging cost only $200 per guest! Private baths. Completely casual, sleep as long as you want. Zero expectations of you. You don’t even have to

Families of young people with autism struggle with mental health needs

Teenagers and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined to mesh-tented beds, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows. These young people — who may shout for hours, bang their heads on walls or lash out violently at home — are

Thinking differently about autism, disability awareness

think differently meeting

CAMPAIGN: Duchess County executive brings message of social acceptance to Niagara LEWISTON – Marc Molinaro, county executive of Dutchess County, came to Niagara University on Friday with an initiative that concerns not only his constituents but members of the community statewide. It’s called “Think Differently” and it attempts to break down the barriers for those

Cartoon in the works featuring heroes with disabilities

There is a new cartoon in the works for kids with disabilities. It’s called “Team Supreme.” Each member has an individual superpower, and it’s tied to their disability. The cartoon is still in the beginning stages. One character, Zeek, has autism. His power is the ability to slow time down to a snail’s pace, and

Understanding My Son on the Autism Spectrum When He Doesn’t Use Words to Communicate

My son and his classmates made their way from the doors of the school to the playground where parents gather to pick them up. My son let out a little groan and whine, which is almost always a prelude to tears. “What’s wrong? What happened?” My questions were met with silence. My son then got distracted