If you are a parent of a child with special needs and you are looking for financial assistance, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) may be the right program for you. IHSS is run by the government, and it provides funding so you can stay home with your child and take care of him or her. This means that you can receive an hourly wage and become the caretaker for your child.
As a parent, you struggle with the day-to-day responsibilities of caring for your child with special needs, but often your biggest challenge is putting financial strategies in place to ensure that he or she is taken care of as you all grow older.
The holidays season is here, and you are in the middle of shopping for your entire family. You want to get a great toy for your child with autism. With so many therapeutic toys on the market, finding the right one for your child with special needs can prove to be challenging.
The school break for the holidays is coming up fast! It can be a hectic time of year, so it’s important to find some quiet time in the middle of all the activities during the season. Especially for your child with special needs. Baking together is a fun, peaceful way to spend an afternoon or evening, maybe listening to your child’s favorite songs and enjoying a moment of much-needed downtime.
As a parent of a child with special needs, the holiday season can feel like one big chaotic disaster. Between socializing during Thanksgiving and of course the countless festivities associated with Hanukkah, Christmas, Ramadan and other holidays, there are a lot of big events where kids are expected to be on their best behavior. Not to mention the bright lights, unfamiliar smells, loud sounds and constricting expectations—it all can be overwhelming for a child with Autism or other development disabilities.
Medical professionals agree that early intervention services can greatly help children with disabilities. An organized program of therapy, early intervention includes exercises and activities created to concentrate on developmental delays that may be experienced by children with Down syndrome or other disabilities.
When terrible events happen, you as a parent may find yourself uncomfortably fielding questions from your child. He may understandably have lots of questions and concerns, and in some cases, he may experience some anxiety, and worry that something similar could happen to him or to his family.
Children with disabilities have rights to services in school under federal and state laws. Special education is not just a specific place for your child to go; it is a set of services developed with your child in mind. Approximately six million students in the United States obtain special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
But getting started with the special education process can be daunting if you are new to all of it. The right resources and support can help make it a little easier so you as a parent can be your child with special needs best advocate.
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