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How Do I Explain the Coronavirus COVID-19 to My Child with Special Needs?

The coronavirus—COVID-19 is stirring up conversation, and children with special needs are bound to have questions about what it is. Especially with the increasing number of school-closure announcements, and news of the outbreak dominating headlines and social-media platforms, children… Read More

Can I Prevent My Child with Special Needs from Getting Coronavirus?

You can’t help it—you are fearful about the well-being of your children when you are a parent. And if you are the parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or another type of… Read More

Can I Get IHSS Retroactive Back Pay?

California State’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) provides a helpful program to get financial support every month if you are the parent of a child with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or another disability…. Read More

When You’re an Overwhelmed Mom of a Child with Special Needs

Being a mom is a tough job. And when your child has special needs, including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, you are challenged even further. The struggles seem to double, and if you don’t have support or… Read More

Has Your Child with Special Needs Been Discriminated Against? How to Be an Advocate

If you are the parent of a child with special needs, you want to make sure he or she is never subjected to discrimination and that there is every opportunity to thrive. To be an effective advocate for… Read More

Help! They Cut My IHSS Hours

Children with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy can often take a heavy financial toll on a family. It is common for you to have to stop working in order to take care of… Read More

Tips to Help Your Child with Special Needs During Winter Break

The holidays and breaks from school can mean hectic schedules and chaotic moments with your child with special needs. Disruption in your daily routine and an increase in unstructured moments for your child may result in low levels… Read More

How Do I Win My Due Process Hearing Case Against the School?

If you are the parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or another disability, you are your child’s best advocate to get him or her educational services. If you believe your child deserves… Read More

How to Cope 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… Read More

Being a Good Parent Even When You’re Exhausted

Having 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… Read More