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On the Park Bench: How this nanny who cares for special needs kids keeps moving forward

Ana Deferrari, a New York City-based caregiver with more than 25 years experience, describes herself as a lifelong learner. She graduated from Hunter College, studied early childhood education at the City College of New York, plans to pursue a master’s degree and regularly attends courses and conferences to expand her... 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

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

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

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

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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