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Special Needs

Not All Deficiencies: One Mom’s Reflections on ADHD

For as long as I can remember, my son has spent his days in school chewing on his sleeves, eating paper, and fidgeting with anything else he can get his hands on. And when he wasn’t chewing on or fiddling with something, he is talking—commenting on whatever was going on, interrupting, yelling, or trying to […]

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8 awesome adventures for kids of all abilities

Everyone deserves the chance to shine and we love that kids of all abilities are given access to so many wonders in Colorado. Below is a sampling of experiences that showcase the state’s adaptive adventures for all abilities. Adaptive Sports Center, Crested Butte: This therapeutic recreation program operates year-round and offers a range of adaptive […]

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As Autism Rates Rise, A Colorado Mom Seeks Answers

At first, Herminia Garcia just thought she had a bad kid who wouldn’t listen. Then a nurse suggested her son Joaquin be tested for autism which Garcia did through the Jeffco School District. He was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and referred to Firefly Autism in Denver for treatment. Joaquin is Mexican and black, and […]

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This state park is making the outdoors accessible with their Track-Chair Program

Colorado Parks and Wildlife values the right of every visitor to experience our state’s natural beauty. To provide this opportunity to the disabled community, Staunton State Park offers Action Trackchairs®, which allow visitors with limited mobility to explore designated trails in the park.  The chair allows access to three trails, each featuring gorgeous park feature […]

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FlapJacked: How this Denver mom's special-needs son led her to start a successful company

Yes, it’s true. A local mom named Jennifer Bacon did, indeed, start a Denver-based company named FlapJacked which makes high-protein, macro-friendly indulgences that satisfy cravings and keep you on track with your fitness goals…and are easily available in King Soopers, Walmart, GNC and Safeway in Colorado.  Their family is a melting pot full of challenges that they hurdle daily. Their five children […]

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Autism and Self-Esteem: 3 Critical Strategies

In my work in the autism community for the last twenty years, I have seen that there is no goal more important than helping a child cultivate self-esteem and a positive sense of self. This is important not only because it will help a child to experience more confidence and happiness in his life (what […]

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