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

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The Special Needs Child Care Guide: The Cost of Care

The next step in finding the right special needs caregiver for your child is figuring out how much it is going to cost.  As parents of children with special needs work to find with the best way to provide the care required, many struggle with the reality that taking... 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


Down Syndrome Caregiving Considerations

Finding the right caregiver for your child with Down syndrome. "It is always difficult to find the right person to care for your child, especially when children are small," says Michelle, mother of a 12-year-old with Down syndrome and leader of the Cape Cod Down Syndrome Support Group in Massachusetts... more


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Can anyone recommend a child psychologist in the Dallas area?

My son with Autism, though high functioning now, needs to speak with a psychologist and work with a psychologist and I was hoping someone would have a local recommendation.


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Has anyone gone through the Self Direction process? Do you have advice for self-hiring staff and what to look for or avoid?

Is anyone self directing their services through OPWDD? Do you have any advice on self-hiring staff? Anything to look for in staff? Anything to avoid?


How to guides

Special Needs Care for Adult Children: Quality Care and Your Caregiver

Now that you’ve hired a professional caregiver, here’s how to build a sustainable relationship with them. As we noted in the first chapter, adults with disabilities access professional care in all kinds of ways and combinations. Whether a disabled person hires a professional caregiver for a few hours a day, lives... more


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How can I find childcare to improve our lives when it's already difficult to just make rent?

     Since I was pregnant the plan became to stay at home. I had tried taking a bus around the city to find work when in my first trimester regardless of having to randomly puke into a bag throughout the day. Couldn't find anything and then as I... more


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Stranger - Danger

My daughter is 3 years old and also has Down syndrome. She has absolutely no fear of strangers or anything. We went out as a family to a town concert in the city park and she went up to a group of strangers, held her hands up and said 'up'. We were right... more