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Exploring the two primary reasons for how sensitivities develop.
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Fun Things to Do The Weekend of March 31-April 2

Whether your kids love trains, animals, science, food trucks — or even flying space turtles — there’s a family-friendly event this weekend that fits the bill.

Understanding Sensory Sensitivity

Exploring the two primary reasons for how sensitivities develop.

Parents Gain Online Tools to Nurture Inclusive Friendships

The National Inclusion Project has just released “Power in Friendship” — online resource guides to help parents and children build inclusive friendships.

Raleigh Teen Author to Discuss Book on Dyslexia

A Raleigh teen will be discussing his new book about how he turned dyslexia on its head on Friday, Nov. 4, at So & So Books at 704 North Person St. in Raleigh.

Weekend Fun: Hands-on Birthday Party, Outdoor Movies, Kids Activities

Don't miss out on the fun this weekend at the Museum of Life and Science's Science at Sunset birthday party celebration. Enjoy outdoor movies, live theater and more.

Science Museum, DPAC Offer ‘Sensory-Friendly’ Events

Two Triangle venues are working to tailor their entertainment and educational offerings so they can be enjoyed by those who have special needs.

Weekend Fun: Storytelling Festival, Theater, Pokémon Hunting and More

Theater buffs, nature nuts, Pokémon fans and those who love story tales will find lots to love about this weekend's fun.

Keep Academic Skills Flowing Over Summer for Your Exceptional Child

Minimal summer schoolwork can lead to back-to-school success.

Parents get ready for the end-of-grade and end-of-course tests

Schools are preparing now for special education accommodations for the end-of-grade and end-of-course tests.

Walk A Mile in My Shoes

This Apex mom of an adopted child shares the pain of raising a child who has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and explains why it's never OK to have a glass of wine when you're pregnant.

Push Play Sing! Offers Free Concert at UNC-Chapel Hill

Head out to Gardner Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, for a free concert, where all the musicians have developmental disabilities.

Clinical vs. Home Therapy: What is Best for My Child?

Tips to choose the best location for your child's success.

Special Needs Parenting and Your Role as Advocate

Trust your instincts and seek second opinions when needed

Summer Camps Fair for Kids With Special Needs Feb. 18

Watts St. Baptist Church at 800 Watts St. in Durham will host a Summer Camps and Programs Fair for families of children with special needs 4-7 p.m. Feb. 18.

Push Play Sing!

A Raleigh-based business works to empower kids with disabilities by hosting hands-on musical workshops throughout the Triangle.

IEP Accommodations: Obtaining Classroom Notes

Students who require "copies of teachers' notes" will benefit from clear communication between parents and teachers.

Tips for Ensuring That Your Autistic Child Enjoys Halloween

Four suggestions for how to make Halloween fun for children with autism.

Public or Private? Weigh the Options for Special Education Students

For parents of children who learn differently, school choice can be a very personal decision. Since there are varying degrees of disabilities, there are also varying degrees of special education.

Museum to Host STEM Career Event

Register your student with disabilities by Sept. 30 for the third annual STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities, a free event at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Oct. 9.

Recommended Reading for Special Needs Families

We've rounded up books and websites helpful to families of special needs children.

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

A deeper understanding and more accepting view.

“When We Knew We’d Be OK”

In a show of resiliency that can seem astonishing to outsiders, many special needs families are able to reclaim a sense of normalcy, finding satisfaction in daily victories or community among others who walk a similar path.

What Happens After Graduation?

Whether it involves college or vocational school, employment, or group or independent housing, helping your special needs child make plans for the future is an ongoing process that requires attention, direction and patience.

Finding a Home in Houses of Worship

It hasn’t always been easy for families with children who have special needs to find faith communities offering support, but that is changing.

NC Researchers Make Cutting-Edge Progress With Autism Spectrum Disorder

North Carolina is lucky to have several cutting edge research centers exploring the causes and treatments of autism spectrum disorder.

N.C. Senate Bill Offers Relief for ASD Patients

Group health insurers are now required to cover adaptive behavior treatments for children with autism spectrum disorder.

Brain Training Aims to Help Kids With Learning Challenges

Does this new approach to learning help student conquer educational challenges?

Study Finds Parent Intervention Improves Toddlers’ Autism

Tots with autism showed significant improvement in their developmental level after intensive early social intervention by parents rather than clinicians.

Understanding ADHD

On September 30, 2014, Carolina Parent hosted a live Facebook chat with Dr. Rebecca Jackson, Center Director of the Brain Balance Center of Cary, on understanding ADHD. Here's a transcript of the conversation:

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June 2017

Bee populations are in decline in North America. Learn how to attract pollinators to your very own pollinator hotel. Discover why pollinator hotels are important and how to create pollinator...

Cost: $30 (Tuition + Materials)

Where:
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: The Scrap Exchange
Telephone: 191-921-31278
Contact Name: Anna Graves
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Watch a brief slideshow and explore the inner workings of the mill. All ages. Online registration encouraged.

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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he Durham Bulls host a Touch A Truck event in conjunction with local public safety agencies. The event will precede the team’s game that evening at 5:05 p.m. Blackwell Street,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Blackwell St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Children with disabilities discover what's happening in nature on a stroll through Hemlock Bluffs. Ages 11 and older. Register online. Choose course #104850.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Take the family for a drop-in creative workshop for kids ages 5-10. Free with admission.

Cost: Free with admission. Free for ages 15 and younger

Where:
Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC  27705
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Learn how to help your baby excel in motor development. This class focuses on standing/walking and offers a variety of ways to help your baby master motor development. Register online.

Cost: $15

Where:
Baby + Co
226 Ashville Ave.
Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Ages 5-12 learn about healthy fruits and vegetables, kitchen and food safety, and enjoy a healthy snack. Meet in the bakery side of the cafe. Email sherry.thrasher@wholefoods.com to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Whole Foods North Raleigh
8710 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Telephone: 919-354-0350
Contact Name: Sherry Thrasher

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Ages 3-6 enjoy fun games and drills. Call to RSVP.  

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Fitness4Life
6701 Glenwood Ave.
Suite 103
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Fitness4Life
Telephone: 919-787-2250
Contact Name: George Whitten
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Learn about rocks and soil by digging in the dirt. Find hidden rock treasures, make a mud painting, and plant a seed to take home and grow. Dress to get dirty. Ages 3-5 with an accompanying adult....

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson Nature Preserve
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Join others for an easy-paced walk along the greenway accompanied by a naturalist. Registration encouraged. Choose course #203541.

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Listen to nature-themed books and enjoy hands-on explorations in the garden. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Register online.

Cost: $3/child

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolia Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3370
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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Ages 6-8 investigate the habitats and behaviors of some of the mammals that call the nature preserve “home.”  Dressed for outdoor fun.  Register online....

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Parents of children ages 3-18 months learn how to prepare quick and easy meals for their little one, learn about weaning and when to transition into the next nutritional step....

Cost: Free

Where:
Guidepost Montessori at Spruce Tree
12600 Spruce Tree Way
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: Guidepost Montessori at Spruce Tree
Telephone: (919) 825-1771
Contact Name: Holly Vincitorio
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Attend a private pop-up event with Songs for Seeds at SnickerDoodles. Enjoy a concert plus 30-minutes of private use of play space for all attendees. Ages infant-6. Call to...

Cost: $15 per child and $10 for each additional sibling

Where:
SnickerDoodles
3721 Lynn Road, #112
Raleigh, NC  27613
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Sponsor: songs for seeds
Telephone: 984.219.2022
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Learn about beetles with a craft, games, stories and a guided walk through the wetland. Ages 2-6. Register online. Choose course #203552. 

Cost: $3

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Hear the Grammy-winning band based in the North Carolina mountains take to the stage with the North Carolina Symphony.  Purchase tickets online. Kids 12 and younger admitted free on...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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Join bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats.​ Meet at the Waterwise Garden.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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The 38th Annual Festival for the Eno features over 65 music performances, a juried craft show, interactive arts, environmental and backyard farming demonstrations, a wide variety of local food...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
West Point on the Eno
5101 N Roxboro Road
Durham, NC  27712
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Summerfest Celebration features an autograph session, inflatables, games, free giveaways, guest speakers from the Hurricanes, appearances by Stormy and the Pepsi Storm Squad, discounted...

Cost: Free

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Enjoy storytime with a community farm member, a book swap via Little Free Library, and free play in a natural playground.   

Cost: Free

Where:
The Community Farm at Camp Chestnut Ridge
2902 Mount Willing Rd.
Efland, NC  27243
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Contact Name: Sandy Straw
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Celebrate the wonderful world of exotic animals and reptiles. Enjoy live specimens, presentations, raffles, vendors and much more. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $12 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 5-12.

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds, Kerr Scott Building
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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In this new book from acclaimed author Ryan T. Higgins, all Rupert the Mouse wants is to star in a beautiful, wordless picture book. He has plenty of ideas about what makes a great book, but his...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble Cary
760 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Telephone: 919-467-3866
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American Dance Festival favorite Pilobolus returns. "On the Nature of Things" explores the birth of desire and its intertwined connection to shame and revenge....

Cost: $16/person

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian Street
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: American Dance Festival
Telephone: 919-684-6402
Contact Name: Mollie O'Reilly
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Explore the historic nature of Leigh Farm Park with a friendly guide. Venture inside the historic farmhouse while being captivated by tales about life at Leigh Farm throughout the years.

Cost: Free

Where:
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Durham Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 919-560-1116
Contact Name: Natalya Buckel
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Hear the music of U2 performed by the North Carolina Symphony. Purchase tickets online. Kids 12 and younger admitted free on the lawn. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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