Parenting Special Needs Kids

Things that Go Growling in the Night

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Parenting Special Needs Kids

But you do what you have to do for your beautiful child. You endure with grace (usually) the annoying platitudes of friends and family who don’t get it, who can’t get it. And though you fight not to roll your eyes when you hear once again how strong you are to manage all that you manage, you have to admit there is truth there. You ARE, in fact, a rock star. more

How a Caregiver Can Apply for SSI on Behalf of a Child

December 22, 2016

Applying for Social Security disability benefits for your loved ones doesn't have to be a bureaucratic nightmare. Read on to help cut through the red tape.

Enraged Father Sounds Off, but Was he Heard?

September 12, 2016

Devoted dad rages against the apathy and insensitivity that would rob his daughter’s privacy, hoping against hope that his vehemence will be a deterrent to would-be offenders.

An Inside Look at Intensive Pediatric PT with its U.S. Pioneer Euro-Peds

June 22, 2016

Kids are making tremendous strides towards independence and better health when their physical therapy program is taken up a notch.

Don’t Just Cut the Cord, Save It

January 10, 2016

Worldwide, umbilical cord blood stem cells are involved in nearly half of pediatric treatments. Ever consider banking your child’s cord blood?

How Can You Help Your Tube Fed Child Learn to Eat?

November 5, 2015

The transition from feeding tube to self-sufficient eating is as critical as it is challenging for a child. The NoTube Eating School can aid in this essential adjustment.

The Rossiters Keep Rolling with the Wind

April 31, 2015

The efforts of the Rossiter family to help their daughter have snowballed into a national effort to other families with special needs.

5 Signs of Stress in Your Caregiver

April 29, 2015

Even the most attentive, loving caregiver can buckle under pressure. Watch out for these clues that person attending to you may need some attention of their own.

Things that Go Growling in the Night

April 7, 2015

Because Kellisa Kain makes more communication progress in the great outdoors than in months of therapy, her dad makes even remote areas of the U.S. their playground. But brace yourself for this hair-raising account of their adventures in Bear Country.

No, I'll Take the Room I Reserved, Thank You

February 27, 2015

Devoted father Chris Kain advises other parents of children with special needs NOT to be accommodating with those providing accommodations.

Crucial Tips to Get Free Funding

November 24, 2014

The secrets to getting free money to fund your child's assistive technology needs are out!

What I Would Tell You

Updated September 18, 2014

I sensed someone watching me as I comforted my daughter after a particularly traumatizing dentist appointment at the Children’s Hospital.

Home, Sweet Medical Home

October 30, 2014

The creation of medical homes for children with special needs is an attempt to put the care back in healthcare.

Is Your Unique Child Ready for Friendships?

Updated September 18, 2014

As we stood in the street comparing our experiences, all completely different, one neighbor of an Autistic boy told me that she was working towards helping her son find friends.

20 Things Every Parent of Kids with Special Needs Should Hear

Updated September 18, 2014

There may not be anyone else with the same constellation of symptoms as your child but there are people with similar challenges.

Respite is Essential for Everyone!

Updated September 18, 2014

Everyone needs some rest in their lives. In this day and age, we are all running around day to day filling every minute of every hour.

When You Are the Parent of a Child Living a Unique Life

Updated September 18, 2014

In 1994 Karen Kain gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Lorrin.

Neurofeedback: The Happiness "Pill"

Updated September 18, 2014

Neurofeedback has been known as a non-invasive treatment with successful results for problems related to ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum and addictions.

You handle more before noon than most handle in a week. Though you celebrate different moments in your child’s life that you expected to, the joys in those moments overwhelm you. And, while yours is a path less travelled, it IS travelled. Never hesitate to reach out to other parents to learn from their experiences with their own special needs kids.

Resources like Abilities Expo also have a tremendous amount of product information to help you open up the possibilities for your little one. In addition to that, the kid-focused activities—adaptive sports, art, dancing, assistive animals—reinforce that there are programs and services that are out there that offer options, some of which may be just what your child needs. Likewise, the options on Abilities365.com are constantly expanding—just visit the Product & Services section and select “Pediatric Equipment” from the categories menu.

We hope that the following insights from professionals and other parents will also help you in your journey.