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How to Cope When Your Child Has Been Diagnosed with Autism

Managing the stress is fundamental to a family’s long-term health and wellbeing. Here are some steps to take when your child has been diagnosed with autism.It’s common that you as a parent have a lot of questions and emotions when you first learn that your child has been diagnosed with autism. These include dealing with the diagnosis, choosing the best treatment options, and building a strong and supportive family structure. Managing the stress is fundamental to a family’s long-term health and wellbeing. Here are some steps to take when your child has been diagnosed with autism.

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Being a Good Parent Even When You’re Exhausted

special-needs-childHaving a child with special needs like autism brings with it many of the typical joys of parenting, but there are major drawbacks for you as a parent as well. Finances are often a struggle, as well as battling the school system, the ignorance from other people, and the lack of support. Frequently one parent sacrifices her career to attend to the child’s needs with a resulting loss of income for the family. How can you be a good parent for your child with special needs when you are mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted from all the stress?

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How to Pay for Therapies for Your Child with Down Syndrome

How to Pay for Therapies for Your Child with Down Syndrome If you’ve recently learned that your child has or will have Down syndrome, there are many steps you can take to give her or him a happy, healthy, and rewarding life. And with early intervention, there are many therapies for children with Down syndrome that can have a positive impact. Even if your family is struggling financially, you may be eligible to receive benefits so you can provide these therapies for your child with Down syndrome and pay for them without any financial stress.

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Get an Advocate to Assist You with Your Child with Autism

advocate autismWhen you are raising a child with autism, there are many different types of services you may qualify for. But researching the right ones for your child can be an overwhelming experience. If you need financial help, or you are battling the school district for the services your child needs, you can get assistance from an advocate to help you with your child with autism.

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Can I Get Financial Assistance for My Child with Autism?

Can I Get Financial Assistance for My Child with Autism?

Today, the estimated cost of raising a child with autism from birth to 18 years is about $30,000 a year, $17,000 more a year than a child who doesn’t have special needs. Over a lifetime, this can add up to well past $1 million depending on the severity of the disability. Occupational, behavioral and life skills therapy, private schooling and private caregivers factor into these expenses. Is there a way to get financial assistance for your child with autism? Read More

Get More Child Support for Your Child with Special Needs

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If you are a single parent who is struggling financially, you may be eligible to receive benefits such as In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) for your child with special needs. But what about child support? You should be receiving enough money every month to not only support your child, but to cover all of his doctor appointments, therapy and extra essentials. If not, you need to get more child support for your child with a disability like autism.

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If I Apply for IHSS, Will My SSI Be Affected?

If I Apply for IHSS, Will My SSI Be Affected?

If you are struggling financially to raise your child with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, you may be eligible to receive financial benefits such as In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). This funding can be used to meet your child’s daily needs and can help pay the expenses associated with his disability. But, what if you already get financial benefits such as SSI? Will your SSI be affected if you apply for IHSS?

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Is My Child Is Too Young to be Eligible for IHSS?

Is My Child Is Too Young to be Eligible for IHSS?If you are raising a child with a disability such as autism, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy, you could be eligible for financial benefits as an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provider. In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a California government program that provides monetary support for in-home caretakers of children with developmental disabilities. But is your child is too young to be eligible for IHSS?

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I Think My Child Needs an IEP

I Think My Child Needs an IEP

As your child begins school, whether for the first time or not, it’s important to know his educational options, especially if she has a disability such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or epilepsy. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) can help your child receive the special attention and opportunities he needs. So if you think your child needs an IEP, you should request one.

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What if My Doctor Won’t Give My Child a Diagnosis for Autism?

diagnosis for autismYou may have a strong suspicion that your little one may have autism, and as a parent, you know your child best. But since language and social development are such a major part of the condition, and toddlers tend to have limited language and social skills even if they’re neurotypical, medical professionals are sometimes unwilling to give a diagnosis if they are under two years of age. So, what do you do if your doctor won’t give your child a diagnosis for autism?

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