The Family that Plays Together

When you blend a family of 6 with special needs ranging from heart defects to ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, impulsivity control, executive function deficiencies, divorce and Eating Disorders, you can have some very intense dynamics from time to time. While there’s no end to the depth and breadth of our “conditions”, the  DSM-5 really has no diagnosis for what we are, an average American family.

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Erase the Stress of the SST Meeting

If you have an upcoming SST meeting you already know the key players in your child’s Student Support Team. It could include teachers, school psychologists, guidance counselors, speech-language therapists, occupational therapists, school nurses as well as the key administrators at your school.  While you put your plan together for that first meeting, it pays to go A.P.E.

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Divorce More Likely with Kids with Special Needs

A child with “special needs” is a broad spectrum of conditions that can strain a family. Whether it’s a physical disability, a cognitive delay or both, early intervention and a positive environment are the 2 key factors that can help keep a family together. While the likelihood of divorce increases when one or more children have special needs and educational requirements, the reasons for divorce can be varied. A study in Maternal and Child Health Journal recognizes the financial and psychological strain accompanying the daily and longterm attention associated with a child with special needs including low birth rate. In fact, these couples have 2x the likelihood of divorcing.  Continue reading “Divorce More Likely with Kids with Special Needs”