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Ease the Stress of the Holidays for Your Child with Autism

The holidays may give you happy memories when you were a child of your family spending quality time together. For many children with autism, however, the stress of the holidays can make them feel overwhelmed because of the unfamiliar situation, and all the different noises and people that can be hard to deal with. So how do you keep your child with autism calm, while easing the stress during the holidays?

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Navigating Your Child’s IEP This School Year


If your child has autism, Down syndrome or another disability, you are probably familiar with the services your child should be receiving from the school district. But how is it going in regard to the Covid-19 pandemic and remote learning? The school system is tough to handle on a regular basis, and this year, it’s even tougher. That’s why it’s important to find out how to navigate your child’s IEP this school year.

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My Child’s IEP Isn’t Being Followed. Should I File a Complaint?

iep complaintIf you are the parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or another type of disability, you are your child’s best advocate to get him or her educational services. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many special education services have been modified to incorporate online learning and other changes. If you believe your child is not getting the services he or she needs according to the IEP, you can file a complaint through a due process hearing. But should you file an IEP complaint against the school? Read More

Can I Apply for Financial Benefits for My Child with Autism?

financial benefitsAs a parent with a child with autism, it can put a lot of strain on you and your family. You might need to spend a lot of time helping your child with daily tasks, along with making sure she gets the educational services she needs as well as any occupational, behavioral, and life skills therapy. This can be very stressful and exhausting, not to mention expensive. What if you cannot work full time because you need to take care of your child? Can you apply for financial benefits for your child with autism?

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How to Apply for IHSS in California

ihss in californiaAs a parent, you may qualify for financial help with In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) if you are raising a child with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability. IHSS is a California program provided by the government that offers financial support for people who take care of children with special needs. While a variety of benefits are available, the most important for families of children with special needs is “Protective Supervision.” Read below to find out how to apply for IHSS in California.

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What Do You Do After Your Child is Diagnosed with Autism?

diagnosed with autismYour child has been diagnosed with autism, and you’re struggling with what that means, how to best help him or her, and how you will be able to handle it all financially. Your emotions are swirling and suddenly you have to decode the foreign language of IHSS and IEPs. You are also worried that your school isn’t doing enough, or doing the right things, for your child. What do you do after your child is diagnosed with autism?

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How Much Does IHSS Pay Caregivers?

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There are resources available in the state of California if you’re a parent struggling financially to raise your child with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability. Benefits such as In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) pays caregivers if you are eligible. This funding can be used to meet your child’s daily needs and can help pay the expenses associated with her disability. But, how much does IHSS pay caregivers?

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How to Plan for Your Child’s IEP Annual Assessment

iep annual assessmentAs a parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome or another disability, it is important to know if he or she is eligible for special education services. The school system is difficult to navigate without some planning. That’s why getting ready for your child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Program) annual assessment is an important step in managing your child’s education.

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Can I Be Paid as an IHSS Caregiver for My Child with Special Needs?

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It is common to struggle financially if you are a parent of a child who has special needs. There are health services to pay for, as well as therapies that are necessary for your child to lead a fulfilling life. In many situations, it is difficult to work at a fulltime job because you must take your child to regular doctor appointments and monitor your child at all times in order for her to remain safely at home. But can you get paid as an IHSS caregiver for your child with special needs? Read More