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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


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


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


23 popular online and in-person caregiver support groups

Studies show that unpaid caregivers — of which there are an estimated 43.5 million in the U.S. alone — are at higher risk for physical injury, financial strain, and emotional duress caused by high stress levels. One of the keys to self-care and alleviating stress for caregivers is... more


22 Best Mobile Apps for Kids with Special Needs

Enhance certain developmental skills with fun, new technology. Technology has been -- and continues to be -- a boon to people with disabilities, especially children. Mobile devices like the iPad, enable children with developmental delays and other special needs to acquire life skills, engage in self-directed play, and perhaps most importantly facilitate... 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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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


What is respite care?

When you’re caring for your aging parent or another elderly loved one, you may think you can do it all on your own. But for most people, juggling caregiving responsibilities with one’s own needs can eventually lead to major stress and burnout. This is where respite care comes in. Respite... more