Other: Siblings cannot be forgotten

Being a sibling of a high needs child can be tough. It’s a delicate balancing act that parents have to perform every day to make sure everyone gets what the need. Driving evaluations and lessons can make or break this step in independence. For most teenagers, driving a car is a rite of passage; many […]

College and Employment

There are many programs to help your child attend and succeed at college. All colleges that accept federal funding have an office of Disabilities Services where you can register your needed accommodations and get help with any issues. Vocational Rehabilitation is a national program but every state delivers services a little differently. Vocational Rehabilitation helps […]

Puberty

Puberty can bring many changes to a child and family. Anxiety, hormonal and body changes, aggression, sexuality and seizures are all common issues in puberty. Self-advocacy, or speaking up for oneself, is a very important skill for people with disabilities. But it can also be very difficult. Self-advocacy requires certain skills that a child with […]

Social skills and Life skills

Social Skills – A social skill is any skill facilitating interaction and communication with others. Social rules and relations are created, communicated, and changed in verbal and nonverbal ways. Life Skills – Basic living skills are laundry, cooking, cleaning, getting dressed, shaving, personal hygiene, shopping, ordering at a restaurant, paying bills, working, taking vitamins or […]

School: Transition IEPs

Transition IEPs IDEA law requires transition planning to begin when a student turns 16 years old.  With the IEP team, the student and parents develop a plan of action for reaching post-secondary goals related to further education, employment, and independent living.

Medical/Health: Diet and Biomed

Medical interventions are not just for the very young. There is no “window” that closes; rather, we’ve seen many families start medical treatments with teens and adults with great success. As always, health is the main goal. Even if recovery doesn’t happen, every child deserves to be healthy; medical treatments provide the path to health. […]