Special Needs

Vendors

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Almost as difficult as figuring out what your child with special needs actually needs, is finding a good vendor.  Few parents have switched vendors, so they can’t really tell you how their vendor compares to others.  We have a vendor for Speech, OT, and PT, a vendor for Infant Stimulation, and we’re on our second…

We Wish You Knew

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I stumbled across a blog post a friend shared, that was very apt and to the point.  A list of the big things parents of special needs wish you knew.  It elaborates, which is good, because understanding is better than just knowing  Basically, we miss you more than you think, it’s harder than you can…

Team

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I love when blessings blind-side me.  And that God is covering me, while I’m tackling what’s in front of me.  He’s not only part of our parenting team, but He has put a huge team of amazing people around our boys. It’s amazing that only ten months ago, I was alone and lost with a…

The Lingo

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I imagine it’s awkward being a friend or relative to a family with special needs.  There are so many questions, and the parents may not have all the answers.  You can read articles about the diagnosis, but that won’t describe every child. I’m still new to the special needs community, and have to really pay…

Baby’s Heart

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At our recent well-baby exam, the pediatrician was listening to my baby’s heart and said she heard a murmur.  Of course I was concerned, but not devastated. With his poor weight gain, we need to be sure his heart is strong.  Our pediatrician has a wonderful relaxed, yet thorough approach, and just wanted to rule…

Scholarships

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Our special needs have required me to stay home, and us to pay for additional expenses.  Not a very economical combination.  I have now entered the world of scholarships. I never really applied for them in high school.  I was ignorant, without good guidance or much experience.  Now, I apply for each one I come…

Goals

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One of the most important things I’ve learned in my journey through services for special needs is to write goals.  It wouldn’t hurt to do this for all my kids. The hardest part of treatment, initially, was knowing what he needed.  I think the best place to start is the standard list of child developmental…

Core Development

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I’ve learned a lot from my baby’s assessments.  My biggest concerns were his eye contact and vocalizations.  Not because they are greatly delayed.  Just because I want to make sure they don’t get behind.  They’re the most important areas of development to me. With my two-year-old, the prescribed treatment to improve these areas of development…