Special Needs

Tips for Transitioning Into a New Routine

Tips for helping a child with special needs. Going to a new school. Returning home after vacation. Trying to break an old habit and start a new routine. Change, or transition, is difficult for most people — whether age 3 or 33.

Empowered to Succeed

Six-year-old Lucas Duringer of Charlotte has a smile and spirit that melts hearts, even though he was born with Osteogenesis Imperfect, a disease that causes his collagen to grow abnormally making him very susceptible to broken bones.

Setting the Bar High Despite Autism

Stephanie and Verdell Rice of Charlotte are the busy parents of four children: Davon, 12; Darien, 11; Diarra, 9; and Deuel, 2. The Rice family is different than others because the two eldest children have autism.

Animals Bring Smiles

Alex Crisp of Charlotte was 3 when he was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a condition in which increased lactic acid in the blood causes abdominal pain, fatigue and seizures.

Exceptional Spirit

"The Challenger League provides a safe, structured team environment that gives children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to experience the game of flag football," says Riley Fields, Panthers director of community relations.

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