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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:

Breaking Down Barriers

Adaptive and inclusive programming creates opportunities and opens minds.

Help Your Child With Special Needs Navigate New Friendships

Help your child develop strong friendships and handle negative interactions while promoting independence with these tips.

Camps Offer Special Fun for Kids with Special Needs

Whether your special needs your child requires, camps across North Carolina offer a wide range of options.

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January 2017

Help Videri Chocolate Factory celebrate its 5th anniversary with special products available this day only and prizes at the door. Activities for kids include face painting, arts and crafts and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Videri Chocolate Factory
327 W. Davie St., #100
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Listen and learn about the members of the woodwind family: flute, clarinet and bassoon. Family Concerts in Kirby Horton Hall last one hour. Come early to check out the instrument zoo. Ages 5 and...

Cost: $10 adults / $5 children and students

Where:
Kirby Horton Hall, Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson Street
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mallarmé Chamber Players
Telephone: 919-560-2788
Contact Name: Ellye Walsh
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See the first feature documentary created about the famous writer, poet, actress and activist.

Cost: $5

Where:
The Cary Theater
122 E. Chatham St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Join Bach to Rock for a day of Rock Band Camp on MLK Day. Students will name their band, design a logo, build their repertoire of songs, record their music in our studio, and finally...

Cost: $75

Where:
Bach to Rock
958 US 64
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: Bach to Rock
Telephone: 919-446-5386
Contact Name: Kelly Foster
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Spend the afternoon helping to maintain and beautify the area around the center in honor of MLK Jr. Day of Service. All ages. Registration required for either the 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. session.

Cost: Free

Where:
Middle Creek Community Center
123 Middle Creek Park Ave.
Apex, NC  27539
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Triangle families are invited to celebrate MLK Day with a family-friendly birthday party for Dr. King. Enjoy English/ Spanish storytimes, kids’ zumba, interactive activities, crafts,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Northgate Mall
1058 W Club Blvd, Northgate Mall, I-85 Exit 176
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: MomsRising
Telephone: 919-696-0142
Contact Name: Beth Messersmith
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Ages 3-5 enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Enjoy an hour-long nature series film, popcorn some scientific exploration. Participants may also take a dinner and watch the film. Register online by Jan. 13. Choose course #199053.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
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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Children delight in discoveries of shapes, colors and textures in nature. Ages 1 and older with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Go on a hike, make a craft and learn how to help wild animal friends. Ages 3-5. Register online.

Cost: $3/child

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
11408 Raven Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
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Parent and child enjoy a craft, an engaging activity and a guided walk. Ages 2-6. Register online by Jan. 14. Choose course #199096. 

Cost: $3

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
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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CycleBar, a new concept in premium indoor cycling that offers a high energy workout in a concert-like atmosphere, celebrates its Cary studio grand opening by offering locals free rides from Jan. 19...

Cost: Free

Where:
CycleBar Alston
5022 Arco St.
Cary, NC  27519
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Children delight in discoveries of shapes, colors and textures in nature. Ages 1 and older with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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This workshop introduces parents to reasons behind common behaviors that create difficult situations while providing suggestions to prevent and manage parenting challenges. Parents are encouraged...

Cost: $20/person, $30/couple

Where:
Project Enlightenment
501 S. Boylan Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-7774
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CycleBar, a new concept in premium indoor cycling that offers a high energy workout in a concert-like atmosphere, celebrates its Cary studio grand opening by offering locals free rides from Jan. 19...

Cost: Free

Where:
CycleBar Alston
5022 Arco St.
Cary, NC  27519
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Learn about grey squirrels, their habits, habitats, and the perils they face. Register online either the the 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m. session.  

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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Parent and child enjoy music, stories and an art activity to provide a meaningful Shabbat experience led by seasoned preschool teacher Morah Elizabeth. Ages 5 and younger; older siblings welcome....

Cost: Free for members, $5/nonmember child

Where:
Raleigh-Cary Jewish Community Center
12804 Norwood Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27613
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Sponsor: Raleigh-Cary Jewish Community Center
Telephone: 919-676-6170
Contact Name: Jill Lokitz
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Moms wanting breastfeeding help or those who simply want to interact with other breastfeeding moms enjoy a casual drop-in cafe with experts from La Leche League. lalecheleague.org/nb.html

Cost: Free

Where:
Grow, The Family Boutique
2885 Jones Franklin Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 191-980-33521
Contact Name: Heather Dickens
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Enjoy a kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified and participatory music show. Children delight in active,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump it Up Briercreek
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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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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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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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Discover wildlife, their habits and their habitats through hikes, activities and crafts. Ages 5-8. Registration required.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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CycleBar, a new concept in premium indoor cycling that offers a high energy workout in a concert-like atmosphere, celebrates its Cary studio grand opening by offering locals free rides from Jan. 19...

Cost: Free

Where:
CycleBar Alston
5022 Arco St.
Cary, NC  27519
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Zaniac Learning invites all local residents to its grand opening event, which features refreshments, raffle prizes, tours of the brand-new center and a chance to meet the instructors. Attendees can...

Cost: Free

Where:
Zaniac Learning
1206 Parkside Main St.
Cary, NC  27519
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Telephone: (919) 342-8536
Contact Name: Matt Pepe
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Parent and Me is a combination acrobatics and aerial class for young children. With a parent, kids ages 3-7 will build a foundation of coordination, flexibility, balance, and strength that can...

Cost: $25

Where:
Lux Performance Arts
1231 Perry Rd., Ste. 102
Apex, NC  27502
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Contact Name: Jamie Trudeau
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Parents learn basic infant massage techniques to perform a full body massage for a baby to help promote bonding between parent and child (of any age), helps infants align their circadian rhythm...

Cost: $50

Where:
Grow, The Family Boutique
2885 Jones Franklin Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 191-980-33521
Contact Name: Heather Dickens
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Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

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Go on a hike, make a craft and learn how to help wild animal friends. Ages 3-5. Register online.

Cost: $3/child

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
11408 Raven Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-996-6764
Website »

More information

Parent and child enjoy a craft, an engaging activity and a guided walk. Ages 2-6. Register online by Jan. 17. Choose course #199097. 

Cost: $3

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
View map »


Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Each year, Cranberry Tree Farm donates its unsold trees to the Conservators Center for its animals to enjoy as a special form of holiday enrichment. During this walkabout, watch as wild animals...

Cost: $24 ages 12 and older, $18 ages 3-11

Where:
Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Road
Burlington, NC  27217
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Telephone: 888-650-1139
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Learn about birds and build a bird box. All ages with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $20/resident, $28/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Take an interactive musical adventure as Daniel Tiger and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others and...

Cost: $29.50 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Create a chainmaille necklace. Ages 12 and older.

Cost: $22.50 plus $8 materials fee

Where:
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St
Durham , NC  27701
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Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
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Take an interactive musical adventure as Daniel Tiger and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others and...

Cost: $29.50 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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