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My daughter is starting pre-school, what do I need to know?

Next week, my daughter is going to go to pre-school. I'm very nervous about it. Another parent gave me the tip of sending a "CF emergency kit" to have at the school in her classroom. Though I still don't know what to put in it other than salty... more

Special needs care for adult children: Your care options

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, how can they access caregiving resources outside their immediate families? For many families, this is a... more

Tips for parents trying to manage challenging autism behaviors

If you’re a parent of a child with autism, it’s possible you’re wondering how to deal with a range of behavior challenges. These could look like your child screaming if he can’t wear his favorite shoes or fearing the toilet, the supermarket or the dentist. These challenging behaviors are your... more

8 tips for writing a must-read Care.com profile

The bio section of your profile on Care.com can be your biggest selling point -- or end up costing you a job. But when you sit down to fill it in, it's easy to get hit with a big case of writer's block. Here are eight simple tips... more

8 helpful special needs organizations

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 receive the extra help they need to flourish and become... more

How to get first-aid and CPR training

It's not fun to think about emergencies. But as much as you hope they'll never happen, you do have to be prepared. CPR and first aid are things that everyone — especially people who care for children — should know. You may not realize the importance of first-aid... more

How to tell a parent you suspect their child may have different needs

As caregivers, we want to provide the best care for our charges. But what happens when you work with a child who behaves or learns in ways that fall outside of your experience? Most importantly, when should you voice your concerns to their parents? A caregiver may need to inform... 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