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When Friends and Family Don’t Understand Your Child with Special Needs

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Jennifer

“Have you tried spanking?” “Do you have to use that medical equipment in front of me?” “If he were my child, he’d never get away with that.” When you’re the parent of a child with special needs, you’re used to misunderstanding and stares in public. Maybe those stares come from strangers as you prepare to feed your child through a…
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13 Key Issues Special Needs Parents Need To Focus on for Their Family

Jennifer

This is a post by Douglas Baker, a national speaker, consultant, advocate and California specialist for the Autism and special needs communities. As a parent of an adult son with Autism, he has over 20 years of experience guiding and navigating families through the lifespan of inter-connected services, resources, agencies, professionals and planning demands. I call these my Baker’s Dozen…
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Raising the Bar: Understanding What It Means to Be a House Call Dentist

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Jennifer

House calls are not a thing of the past. In fact, they are very much the present and even a requirement for many special needs children who have physical, medical, or cognitive challenges that make it difficult to travel to the dentist. However, house call dentistry is a unique and highly specialized field that requires providers that are properly vetted…
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Advocating for Your Special Needs Child. Things to Know

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Jennifer

Tips for Special Needs Parents on How to Work with a Doctor As a parent our main goal is keeping our children healthy and out of harm’s way.  We feed them well, give them their vitamins but unfortunately, sometimes things don’t go as planned. When you are faced with a medical crisis or diagnosis sometimes your child will require hospitalization.…
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SO YOU’VE GOT A DIAGNOSIS….NOW WHAT?

Jennifer

Mommy or parent “gut” is a powerful thing. No one knows your child better than YOU. In most circumstances you will be the first one that realizes something may not be quite right or amiss with your child. Maybe they’re speaking their first words later than they should. Maybe they’re a late walker. Maybe they’re more tired than usual. Maybe…
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