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Special Needs

Ten City of Calgary inclusive playgrounds

The City of Calgary has a number of inclusive playgrounds. Dana Wheatley (of Calgary Playground Review), has visited ten of them to bring you all you need to know about these amazing new playgrounds. 

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Sensory sensitive Halloween

Costumes, Halloween parties with sugary treats, trick-or-treating, and spooky decorations are fun and exciting for most kids, but for a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Halloween celebrations can be very overwhelming. A child with SPD has trouble processing input from any of the five senses in a normal way – what is background music to others may be loud and distracting to a kid with SPD, costumes may feel too itchy, make-up may feel sticky, and masks may have a strong scent or may be too restricting for kids with SPD.

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Tips for playdates with kids with special needs

Playdates are an important part of childhood. They offer time for kids to interact socially without the structure of school or extracurricular activities. They also help kids learn to share, socialize, and play freely while still having support from their parents as needed. Kids with special needs are no exception and benefit from playdates as much as their peers. While they may take a little more planning and patience, it is well worth the efforts for everyone involved. 

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Does your neurodiverse child make you feel judged by others?

Neurodivergence is the term used when someone’s brain processes, learns, and/or behaves differently from what is considered “typical!”.

Neurodiversity includes conditions like autism, ADHD, Down syndrome and epilepsy, as well as chronic mental health illnesses such as bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, or depression.

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