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Everyone is different, but we can all find others who share in our experiences.

How to Handle the 4 Most Challenging Autism Behaviors

Do you have an autistic child? Here are parenting tips to help. Does your child scream if he can't wear his favorite shoes? Does he enjoy fondling material of certain textures without regard for where or on whom that fabric may be located? Does he fear the toilet, the... more

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Special Needs Care for Adult Children: Your Care Options

Here are some tips for finding the right type of special needs caregiver for your adult child. As they reach adulthood, young people with disabilities also reach a crossroads in care. As children, they may have relied on their parents for support -- should that continue now they’re adults? If not... more

What Is Respite Care?

Learn how respite care services can help caregivers who look after the elderly and people with special needs or disabilities. When caregivers hear about respite care, they might just be too busy in their daily lives to take the time to find out more about it. But respite care is... more

10 Helpful Special Needs Organizations

These notable organizations and websites help kids with special needs. There are many special needs organizations in this country that are dedicated to serving those children who require assistance for medical, mental or psychological disabilities. Many of these groups work with children all the way through adulthood, allowing them to... more


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Spinal Bifida Help

Hello, I am looking to see if anyone can give me advice on raising a child with spinal bifida with a T-11 opening in the spine. I am currently 22 weeks pregnant and he also has a kyphosis that qualifies him for in utero surgery. Is there anyone who can... more

How Do I Pay for Respite Care?

6 tips for finding funding for respite care costs when you need help looking after someone who is elderly or has disabilities or special needs.     We know the story. You're too busy to find respite care and you're pretty sure you can't afford it either... more

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The Special Needs Respite Care Guide: Your Care Options

What is respite care, why is it so important, and how can you access it? If you’re caring for a child with a disability, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Many people around you will assume that you’ll be your child’s sole caretaker around the clock! But you don’t... more


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Son's "brain fog" is making him miserable.

I have a 16-year-old son who has had a chronic headache disorder for nearly five years.  Before this started, he was an excellent student. When he is able to concentrate, he can do college-level work.  But he almost always struggles with "brain fog" and can't work on anything that... more