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There are many faces to physical, emotional, and cognitive limitations!The Special Needs Cafe was developed to provide a free “one-stop” resource for individuals and families dealing withphysical, emotional, and cognitive limitations. We recognize that the daily challenge of providing care should not be complicated by the difficulties of finding resources. Here you will find disability news and information to help you every day.

My Review of the Acoustitone™ PRO Hearing Aid

by M.J. Corr This review was done by our friend M.J. Corr.  You can visit him at My mother-in-law has a hearing aid. I never thought much about them until I noticed how much trouble she has with it. So many times I will be talking to her and … Continue reading

Diabetic Nerve Pain: Guidelines on Foot Care Tips

By Mandira Monorama Banerjea Diabetic nerve pain is a physical condition affecting around 20% to 40% of diabetic patients. Though the actual cause of nerve pain has not yet been ascertained, it is believed by the medical fraternity that high blood sugar (glucose) levels results in such symptoms. The damages … Continue reading

Weighted Vests – Helping Kids With Autism and ADHD

By Alycia Shapiro I recently read an article on about the use of weighted vests for kids with Autism, ADD and sensory issues. I have often seen kids in my son’s class using weighted lap pads, weighted shoulder bags and even weighted vests. These products are designed to provide … Continue reading

Benefits of Using a Weight Vest to Maintain Bone Density

By DC Trux Maintaining bone density is an important concern for many postmenopausal women. I am a proponent of using weight vests for training in a variety of professional and ultra-athletic sports. In my research of using weight vests for extreme training I have found some interesting data I thought … Continue reading

Getting Overheated

by MJ Corr This post was written by our friend MJ Corr.  In honor of summer and to help our friends with Multiple Sclerosis and other conditions that cause problems with heat he has allowed us to reprint it. I generally don’t talk about me very much in these posts. … Continue reading

Yoga for Brain Injury

by Laura Bruno For people recovering from traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion or head trauma, yoga offers gentle exercise with therapeutic benefits. Many survivors find themselves unable to pursue former ways of staying in shape. Balance difficulties, loss of motor control, vertigo, and neck injuries limit physical activity, further restricting … Continue reading

Red Dye Allergy – What is All the Controversy?

By MJ Corr Do you know what red dye is? Yes, of course, it is a food coloring. But what else do you know about it? Do you know that there is a controversy raging around it? According to some doctors it is merely a benign additive but parents have … Continue reading

Is It Abuse or Not – This Is a Test

By MJ Corr How are your parenting skills? Chances are you have been reading a lot and talking to other people. In the process you have put together a fairly decent set of tools. But more than likely you are probably like me. You have grown up absorbing the skills … Continue reading

Defiant Children – 4 Suggestions to Change Their Behavior

By MJ Corr It seems to be a problem nowadays; a lot of parents don’t know how to stop their children’s behavior problems. It seems that how their own parents dealt with these issues (or didn’t) isn’t working on their kids. Where does the bad behavior come from? There are … Continue reading

Alternative Vs Conventional Medicine – Which Would You Choose?

By MJ Corr There is some confusion on the reasons why people would choose an alternative procedure over conventional medicine when they are sick. One person highlighted this issue recently when he asked why, when modern medicine is available, would people even consider using an alternative medicine program. There are … Continue reading

Maximize Your Brain Function (Part 1)

by Laura Bruno Life Coach, Medical Intuitive, author and Reiki Master Teacher Laura Bruno speaks at the Petaluma Raw Food Potluck on October 3, 2008. Topics include Laura’s recovery from her devastating 1998 brain injury, how she became a Medical Intuitive, meditation, overcoming depression, academia, enhancing intuition, raw foods, and … Continue reading

Parents of Special Needs Children Deserve Special Work Opportunities

by: Susan Hill I was a licensed nurse and had the map of my life routed out to specifics. I had a plan in mind that included goals, dreams, anticipations and expectations. No one knows how quickly those things change unless you have had the pleasure of experiencing the role … Continue reading

The Truth About Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Lyme Disease

by Farah Khan, L.Ac. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that is composed of many different symptoms. The primary symptom is pain and tenderness in multiple areas of the body. This is often linked to fatigue, sleep disorders, digestive problems, and depression. Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are considered to be overlapping … Continue reading

Asthma and Pregnancy

by Sakshi Baijal Asthma is one of the most common potentially life-threatening condition complicating pregnancy. The incidence of asthma is increasing steadily and it is estimated that asthma currently affects 4 of pregnant women. In rare cases asthma may occur for the first time during pregnancy. In general well controlled asthma … Continue reading

Improving Memory Loss — How to Help the Aging Brain

by Susan Nickerson Most of us assume that improving memory loss as we age is difficult, if not downright impossible. In fact, we fully expect our brains and our memories to decline in our later years. However, the truth is that we can improve memory loss — and help our … Continue reading

Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia

by Kristi Patrice Carter I’ve been living well with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia for over 2 years now and I’ll admit that it hasn’t always been easy for me. As a wife, mother, and full time professional writer, it has been a constant struggle for me to maintain good … Continue reading

How to Overcome Fear of Alzheimer’s Disease

by J J Seymour In the US, senior citizens fear Alzheimer’s Disease above all else. Research shows that getting Alzheimer’s is the biggest worry among US residents older than 55 years. Even cancer, which is perhaps the most feared affliction in the world, is not as feared as Alzheimer’s by … Continue reading

How to Talk to Children With Down Syndrome

by Jaime Connor Learning to talk to children with Down syndrome has a few special challenges simply because of the nature of the disorder. These special children have developmental delays which vary from mild to severe in learning, speech and cognitive development. Helping them to learn to verbalize, pronounce and … Continue reading

Primary Evidences Associated with Brain Tumors

by Trevor Price Since many brain tumor symptoms may seem innocuous, like headaches, patients and doctors fail to recognize them as potentially serious or evidence of a life-threatening growth until it’s too late. As a result, a diagnosis isn’t achieved until the tumor develops to a size or serious level … Continue reading

Lyme Disease – It Can Do More Than Just Tick You Off When You

by Dorothy Yamich Travelers, campers, and vacationers alike can be at risk for getting Lyme disease, a serious, debilitating condition caused by being bitten by an infected tick. What are the symptoms of Lyme disease? Some of the symptoms of Lyme disease are the classic bull’s-eye red rash, fatigue or … Continue reading

5 Powerful Ways to Fight Bipolar Disorder in Children – Perhaps Your Child!

by Merri Ellen 1. Get rid of the TV and video games. What? You may gasp, but the amount of stuff that kids see these days only damages their development of proper thinking such as assessing reality, problem solving, etc. We are convinced that bipolar disorder in children can be … Continue reading

Age of Discovery

This article was originally given as a speech to a local community group. If it sounds like there aren’t any sicknesses or disabilities involved that is basically the point. Almost 20 years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the relapsing-remitting kind. I never thought I would be able to … Continue reading

Got Chronic Back Pain? Learn More About Key Causes And Back Pain Relief

By Charles Gaudet In the USA alone, an estimated 31 million people currently suffer from back pain, and better than 50% of Americans report some back pain each and every year. And, within the last five years, statistics indicate that around one third of Americans over the age of 18 … Continue reading

Osteoporosis – Do You Know if You are Susceptible?

by John Russell Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens bones to the point where they break easily especially bones in the hip, backbone (spine), and wrist. Osteoporosis is called the “silent disease” you may not notice any changes until a bone breaks. But your bones have been losing … Continue reading

Where My Son Lives

by Cass Hope I watch as my son’s eyes glaze over and I know that for a little while at least I have lost him to the splendor of his world. My son suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and it has taken us as parents a long time to accept that … Continue reading

Food intolerance and rheumatoid arthritis

by Robin Houghton Research shows there is a connection between rheumatoid arthritis and food intolerances. This reinforces the findings of Charles de Coti-Marsh, who undertook pioneering research into the causes and treatment of arthritis. He was convinced that what we eat plays a major part in the development of many … Continue reading

Headaches and Migraines

by Dean M Novosat Aside from taking an aspirin or another type of pain reliever, you might be interested in looking for some natural cures that have been known to eliminate headache. Headaches can be difficult for doctors to diagnose and sometimes equally difficult to treat. They can disguise themselves … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s and Chronic Lyme Disease, Are We Facing a Genetic Frankenstein?

By Jenna Smith For those of us with loved ones who have suffered with Alzheimer’s disease, we have the uncertain “privilege” of having time to say “Good-bye”. No startling phone call or sudden car accident delivers the heart-breaking news of a beloved’s death, no, we get to watch our loved … Continue reading

Chronic Diverticulitis and Its Complications

by Audrey Lynn Laymen often confuse diverticulitis with diverticulosis. Although the two medical conditions are closely related, they are different and have separate sets of characteristics, as well as symptoms and cures. Diverticulitis is the more severe form and is the progressed state of diverticulosis. The latter pertains to the … Continue reading

Chronic Bronchitis Signs and Symptoms

By Amy Cheung Chronic bronchitis is the inflammation or swelling of the air passageways (bronchi) in the upper respiratory system. This is usually accompanied by the excessive production of mucus. Chronic bronchitis can manifest as many different symptoms, and is often hard to diagnose because the symptoms are so similar … Continue reading

Understanding Walking Pneumonia Symptoms

by Groshan Fabiola Walking pneumonia, or mycoplasmal pneumoniae, is an illness that everyone can get, because it spreads through the air very easy if a person infected with the bacteria that causes it sneezes or coughs. Walking pneumonia is a mild form of the disease that used to kill thousands … Continue reading

Diabetes Impacts Kidneys

by Robert S Taylor Chances of a diabetic person developing a kidney disease are very high (more than 60%). If left untreated, this could lead to more kidney damage or kidney failure. One can have serious kidney damage without being aware of it. There are usually no specific symptoms of … Continue reading

Interpreting Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

by Mike Ramidden The disease multiple sclerosis affects the body’s central nervous system. When the disease takes hold, multiple sclerosis symptoms can be painful and debilitating. This experience can be terrifying for a patient who previously lived a full and healthy life. Sudden physical limitations and mood swings can be extremely … Continue reading

Preparing to Select a Handicapped Van Or Wheelchair Van

By Jared Nielsen Dealing with the hassles of transportation is the last thing that a person with a disability should have to worry about. The mounting stress associated with trying to move from one place to the next is enough to keep you indoors, away from the rest of the … Continue reading

Wheelchair Vs Mobility Scooter? 5 Questions Disabled People Will Need to Ask to Decide!

By Robert Marsh Whether it is through age, disease, or accident many people will require at some point in their Life the need for mobility products and mobility aids to be able to get around in this World! For some it may be just a temporary hurdle, while for others … Continue reading

How to Recognize Dyslexia in Adults

By Gerry Restrivera Dyslexia is not a known condition before and there are people who grew up with this disorder and yet they do not know they have it. They grew up suffering the symptoms of dyslexia and labeled as stupid or slow learner. They are now grown up, working … Continue reading

When Your Child is Diagnosed With Spina Bifida

By Barb Likos If your child was just diagnosed with Spina Bifida, your excitement about your new baby may turn into shock, frustration, or anger, not knowing why this could possibly happen to you. You may need to believe in a higher power to get you through the reality, that … Continue reading

Disability Discrimination in Workplace and Its Justification

By Susan Austin Discrimination is a sin against humanity. Ironically, our society witnesses a myriad of incidents that clearly discriminate individuals. Discrimination on the ground of disability, color, race, sex, marital status is against civil rights. Discrimination is very apparent in workplaces especially in case of disabled individuals. This is … Continue reading

Social Security Disability Benefits – Steps in Filing a Claim

By Edgar Snyder Social Security Disability is a part of the Federal Social Security Act. It encompasses several programs that provide monthly disability payments and other benefits to disabled workers and their families. SSD benefits may consist of cash payments and medical coverage. Filing a Social Security disability (SSD) benefits … Continue reading

Wheelchair Users and Exercise

By Dzagbe Cudjoe Even if you use a wheelchair exercise is vital to health. Making time amongst the continual struggle of balancing one’s life may be difficult but it is not impossible. Working out and balanced nutrition go hand in hand. Many people are simply not naturally attracted towards physical … Continue reading

How To Go About Toilet Training Special Needs Children

by: Muna wa Wanjiru Toilet training forms a very important part in any child’s growth and development . While most of the parents complain about potty training their children, on an average children train pretty easily. Even in cases where there is resistance from the child, eventually they do get … Continue reading

Buying Furniture for the Elderly with Special Needs

by Bob Benson If you are challenged with buying furniture for an elderly person, there are a few things you should keep in mind as you start your search. First, how is that person’s health and physical condition? Can he or she easily rise from and sit down into a … Continue reading

The Importance of Special Needs Planning

Copyright (c) 2008 Mark Albertson Without a special needs child, estate and financial planning typically have three major phases. The first phase is when the children are small. Concerns most parents have at this stage center around a catastrophic death in which minor children are left behind. In this case, … Continue reading

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