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How Much Can I Get Paid for IHSS in California?

How Much Can I Get Paid for IHSS in California?

If your child has a disability such as autism, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, there are many steps you can take to give her a happy, healthy, and rewarding life. You may be eligible to receive benefits in California such as In-Home Supportive Services....
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Does My Child with Down Syndrome Need Special Childcare?

Does My Child with Down Syndrome Need Special Childcare?

Down syndrome often impairs physical and cognitive abilities such as strength, speech and language, judgement, and social interactions. If you are a parent searching for childcare for your little one with special needs, it can be daunting. You want someone....
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Does My Child with Autism Qualify for an IEP?

Does My Child with Autism Qualify for an IEP?

It’s important to know your child's education options in California, especially if he or she is autistic. Children with autism might be eligible for special services that provide individualized education programs in public schools, free of charge to....
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Can a Parent Get Financial Help for Their Child with Special Needs?

Can a Parent Get Financial Help for Their Child with Special Needs?

Raising a child with special needs is challenging in the State of California. Many families seek financial help as a way to help cover the living expenses and health care costs associated with the child’s disability. There are a variety of government....
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Can I Get Disability Benefits for My Child with Autism?

Can I Get Disability Benefits for My Child with Autism?

Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder that affects communication and social interaction skills. It is thought to be present from birth and is usually recognized by three years of age. Not everyone with autism displays the same behaviors. There are many signs....
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Who Is Eligible for IHSS in California?

Who Is Eligible for IHSS in California?

Are you taking care of an elderly loved one, or a child with a disability? You could qualify for financial benefits as an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provider. In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a California government program that provides economic....
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Should My Child Get an IEP?

Should My Child Get an IEP?

Back to school time is here, and as your child starts in her new class, it's important to know her educational options, especially if she has a disability such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or epilepsy. The Individualized Education Program (IEP)....
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Prepare Your Child with Special Needs for the First Day of School

Prepare Your Child with Special Needs for the First Day of School

It’s here! The first day of school is filled with excitement, and also a bit of anxiety. Kids pick out first-day-of-school outfits. Parents buy classroom supplies, backpacks, and lunchboxes. Most families enjoy the preparation. But if you are a parent with....
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How to Afford Raising a Child with Special Needs as a Single Parent

How to Afford Raising a Child with Special Needs as a Single Parent

As a single parent, raising a child with special needs who requires constant supervision is difficult even in the best of times. And if you are a single parent who is struggling financially, it can seem even more daunting. You have to work and pay the bills,....
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Raising a Child with Special Needs and Filing for Bankruptcy

Raising a Child with Special Needs and Filing for Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is hard on anyone but is much more difficult when you are raising a child with special needs. The rates of several disability types have risen drastically; in recent years, the prevalence of autism has gone from 1 in 150 births to 1 in 68,....
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The Rising Costs of Raising Your Child with Special Needs

The Rising Costs of Raising Your Child with Special Needs

If you are a parent of a child with special needs, you may suffer from constantly worrying that you don’t have enough money to provide the best care for your child—or you fear that you will face bankruptcy from all the bills. Especially in California,....
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Helping Your Child with Special Needs Cope with Tragic Events

Helping Your Child with Special Needs Cope with Tragic Events

With the slew of tragic shootings happening recently throughout the country, children may be troubled by what they see or hear. They may react with emotions such as fear, worry, shock and grief. And if you have a child with special needs, he may respond in....
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How Do You Help Your Child with Autism Cope with the End of the School Year?

How Do You Help Your Child with Autism Cope with the End of the School Year?

It is nearly the end of the school year and things are winding down. With summer almost here, children are more excited, louder. Special days are arranged such as school plays, school trips and summer fairs. For a child with autism who struggles with change....
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Finding Childcare for your Child with Special Needs

Finding Childcare for your Child with Special Needs

Summer is almost here, and it's time to search for childcare for your little one with special needs. This includes finding someone who provides reliable, devoted, and quality care for your child. Having a child with special needs makes searching for someone....
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Financial Assistance for Children with Special Needs

Financial Assistance for Children with Special Needs

In the state of California, raising children is expensive and raising children with special needs can be even more expensive. In 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 years at $233,610 or about $12,978....
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Why Raising Awareness for Autism is So Important

Why Raising Awareness for Autism is So Important

The month of April is dedicated to Autism awareness with World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), which aims to put a spotlight on the hurdles that people with autism and their families face every day. Thanks to campaigns like this, the percentage of people who are....
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What is a Conservatorship?

What is a Conservatorship?

When you are responsible for a loved one with a disability, a plan is needed in order for the financial security and services that the disabled individual requires in order to live a fulfilling life, as independently as possible. It’s necessary to assess....
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Will IHSS Affect My SSI?

Will IHSS Affect My SSI?

If your child has a disability like autism, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy, and you live in the state of California, you may be eligible to receive benefits such as In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). This funding can be used to meet your child’s daily....
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How Do I Apply for IHSS for My Child with Down Syndrome?

How Do I Apply for IHSS for My Child with Down Syndrome?

Raising a child with Down syndrome can be difficult financially. You have to work and pay the bills, but your child needs constant care. How do you juggle all the responsibilities? In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), a California program, may be able to....
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Do I Get Money if My Child Has Autism?

Do I Get Money if My Child Has Autism?

If your child has autism and you live in California, then you could be eligible for monetary payments. Programs like In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provide financial benefits in California that can help pay for therapies and other treatments, or simply....
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Plan for Your IHSS Home Interview

Plan for Your IHSS Home Interview

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a program for residents of California that provides financial assistance so you, as your child’s caretaker, can give the best supervision and care for your child in the comfort of your own home. This means that you can....
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How to Get More IHSS Hours

How to Get More IHSS Hours

If you are a parent of a child with special needs and you live in California, In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) provides financial support to enable you to stay at home with your child with special needs. Children with autism, Down syndrome, or....
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Creating a Financial Plan for Your Child with Special Needs

Creating a Financial Plan for Your Child with Special Needs

As a parent of a child with special needs, it’s common to have concerns about your child’s future. You want to ensure your child lives a quality life after you’re gone. If your child can’t work, you also want to make sure his or her expenses are....
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Can I Get Financial Help for My Child with Cerebral Palsy?

Can I Get Financial Help for My Child with Cerebral Palsy?

When your child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, there are many steps you can take to give him or her a happy, healthy, and rewarding life. Thanks to government programs available in California, it can be possible receive financial benefits to help....
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How Much Does a Child with Autism Get from IHSS?

How Much Does a Child with Autism Get from IHSS?

Raising children is expensive and raising children with autism can be more expensive. Couple this with the fact that as a parent of a child with special needs, you sometimes have to give up work to care for your child. If you are struggling financially, you....
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Questions to Ask During the IEP Meeting

Questions to Ask During the IEP Meeting

For your child who has special needs, the IEP (Individualized Education Program) is the most important document in his or her school file. Having an IEP that comprehensively addresses all your child’s needs is critical to his or her success in school and....
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I Can’t Work Because My Son Has Autism. Help!

I Can’t Work Because My Son Has Autism. Help!

If you are a parent of a child with developmental disabilities like autism, there are many avenues to get financial assistance. Especially if you cannot work full-time because your child with autism needs round-the-clock care. How can you get paid to stay....
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Tips on Traveling with Your Child with Autism

Tips on Traveling with Your Child with Autism

Traveling during the holidays can be an exciting, yet anxiety provoking experience. This may be particularly true for a child with autism (ASD) because of factors connected to traveling, including a change in routine, navigating unfamiliar environments, and....
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How to Help Your Family Understand Your Child with Autism During the Holidays

How to Help Your Family Understand Your Child with Autism During the Holidays

Visiting family during the holidays can sometimes be very hard for your child with autism, especially when some family members don’t understand ASD. However, a bit of explaining and preparation can help keep your holiday season the most wonderful time of....
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Reduce Holiday Stress for Your Child with Autism

Reduce Holiday Stress for Your Child with Autism

The holidays are a wonderful time for many families. But for those families with children on the autism spectrum, the holidays can also be stressful. For many children with autism, feelings of anxiety associated with noises, people, and events that are....
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Where Do I Get Financial Help to Raise My Child with Special Needs?

Where Do I Get Financial Help to Raise My Child with Special Needs?

Raising a child with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability can be costly. Throughout their lives, your child may require expensive treatments, therapies, or surgery, medical equipment, modifications to your....
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What Does a Special Needs Advocate Do?

What Does a Special Needs Advocate Do?

A diagnosis looks different for every child with special needs. Learning about the wide world of resources for your child, including special needs advocacy, can help you make informed decisions for your family. But what exactly does a special needs advocate....
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Creating a Long-Term Financial Plan for Your Child with Autism

Creating a Long-Term Financial Plan for Your Child with Autism

Raising your child with autism who will require long-term support can be overwhelming. There are legal and financial matters to consider, your child’s individual needs, and the effect all your decisions will have on everyone else in the family. How do you....
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Does Down Syndrome Qualify for IHSS?

Does Down Syndrome Qualify for IHSS?

Raising a child with Down syndrome who requires constant supervision is difficult even in the best of times. And if you are struggling financially, it can seem even more daunting. You have to work and pay the bills, but your child needs 24-hour care. How do....
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Does My Child Qualify for Special Education?

Does My Child Qualify for Special Education?

Raising a child with special needs can be a complex and demanding job. You manage your child’s wellbeing and development while maintaining the rest of your family’s life. Giving your child that extra care so he or she can succeed at school can sometimes....
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How to Get IHSS to Help Raise your Child with Autism

How to Get IHSS to Help Raise your Child with Autism

Raising a child with autism who requires constant supervision is difficult even in the best of times. And if you are struggling financially, it can seem even more overwhelming. You have to work and pay the bills, but your child needs 24-hour care. How do you....
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I Was Denied IHSS. How Do I Appeal?

I Was Denied IHSS. How Do I Appeal?

If you are the parent of a child who has autism, Down Syndrome, or another type of developmental disability, you may qualify for financial assistance, including IHSS. This program in California can allow you to be paid up to $3,000 a month as your child’s....
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Can I Get Financial Help to Ease the Costs of Raising My Child with Special Needs?

Can I Get Financial Help to Ease the Costs of Raising My Child with Special Needs?

Today, it is estimated that a quarter of U.S. households have a member with special needs. More than 8% of kids under 15 have a disability, and half of those are deemed severe. Parents who have children with special needs share one thing: the massive cost of....
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How to Support Your Child with Autism Going Back to School After COVID-19

How to Support Your Child with Autism Going Back to School After COVID-19

To say that schools have changed a lot in the past year and a half is an understatement. And, as a result, our kids need to learn new rules and routines. For children on the autism spectrum (ASD) the return to school after COVID-19 presents many challenges,....
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Does My Child Qualify for an IEP?

Does My Child Qualify for an IEP?

As your child goes back to school, it’s important to know his or her education options, especially if he or she has disabilities. Children with delayed skills or other disabilities might be eligible for special services that provide individualized education....
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Get Ready for Your IHSS Home Assessment Interview

Get Ready for Your IHSS Home Assessment Interview

The purpose of In-Home Supportive Service (IHSS) payments is to help children who are disabled, or their families, who have limited financial resources. Children with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy may be eligible....
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Can I get Disability Benefits for My Child with Autism?

Can I get Disability Benefits for My Child with Autism?

If you are a parent with a child with autism (ASD), you know how expensive life can be. Deciding to spend money on a service for your child can sometimes mean not using that money on another need for your family. There are a countless number of choices you....
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Is Your Child Getting the Best Special Education Services?

Is Your Child Getting the Best Special Education Services?

        Your child has special needs, 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. Your emotions are swirling and suddenly you have to decode the foreign language of....
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What Financial Benefits Can I Get for My Child with Special Needs?

What Financial Benefits Can I Get for My Child with Special Needs?

If you are a parent of a child with special needs, you may suffer from constantly worrying that you don’t have enough money to provide the best care for your child—or you fear that you will face bankruptcy from all the bills. Diagnoses such as cerebral....
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Get Financial Help If You Are a Single Parent Raising a Child with Autism

Get Financial Help If You Are a Single Parent Raising a Child with Autism

If you are a parent who has a child with autism who requires constant supervision, it’s difficult to juggle his or her needs along with a full-time job. You must work and pay the bills, but your child needs 24-hour care. How do you handle all the....
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How to Prepare for Divorce While Raising a Child with Autism

How to Prepare for Divorce While Raising a Child with Autism

Raising a child with autism can add stress to a family. This stress can overwhelm a couple and lead to marital problems. According to studies, parents who have a child with autism with are 23% more likely to separate. Although this is only a statistic,....
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Does Early Intervention Help My Child with Down Syndrome?

Does Early Intervention Help My Child with Down Syndrome?

Typically, children with Down syndrome experience delays in certain areas of development, so early intervention is recommended. It can begin anytime after birth, but the sooner it starts, the better. However, there is no single, standard treatment for Down....
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How to Get Paid to Stay Home with Your Child with Autism

How to Get Paid to Stay Home with Your Child with Autism

Caring for your child with autism is difficult even in the best of times. If you are struggling financially, it can be even tougher. It is estimated that it costs a family $1.4 million to $2.5 million to raise a child with autism. Furthermore, many parents....
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How to Find the Best Daycare for your Child with Autism

How to Find the Best Daycare for your Child with Autism

As summer draws near and you go back to work, you need to search for childcare for your little one with autism. This includes finding someone who provides reliable, devoted, and quality care for your child. Having a child with special needs makes searching....
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How to File an IEP Violation Against my Child’s School

How to File an IEP Violation Against my Child’s School

If you are the parent of a child with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability, he or she may be eligible for special education services. But what if, after your child has been evaluated and receives an IEP (Individualized Education....
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How Long Can a Child Get Disability Benefits?

How Long Can a Child Get Disability Benefits?

When you are raising a child with a disability like autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or similar, it can be financially difficult. Over 40% of families with a child with a disability report experiencing significant financial stress. As many as 30% of....
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Are There Government Benefits for My Child with Cerebral Palsy?

Are There Government Benefits for My Child with Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability among children. The medical costs alone for children who have this disability are ten times higher than those of children who do not. It’s understandable then, that many families with a child with cerebral....
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What is Special Needs Financial Planning?

What is Special Needs Financial Planning?

Raising your child with special needs who will require lifelong support can be overwhelming, especially when you need to plan for them long term. There are legal and financial matters to consider, your child’s individual needs, and the effect all your....
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Services to Discuss During the IEP Meeting for Your Child with Autism

Services to Discuss During the IEP Meeting for Your Child with Autism

For your child on the autism spectrum, the IEP (Individualized Education Program) is the most important document in his or her school file. Having an IEP that comprehensively addresses all your child’s needs is critical to his or her success in school and....
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Is Autism Considered a Disability?

Is Autism Considered a Disability?

Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder that affects communication and social interaction skills. It is thought to be present from birth and is usually recognized by three years of age. Not everyone with autism displays the same behaviors. There are many signs....
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New IHSS Program Changes for 2021

New IHSS Program Changes for 2021

If you are a parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or another disability, it is common to struggle financially. There are many things to pay for, including doctor appointments, therapy, and equipment. That’s why....
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Your Child is Diagnosed with Autism. Now What?

Your Child is Diagnosed with Autism. Now What?

You hear the word “autism” and a thousand emotions rush through your body: fear, confusion, anger, guilt, anxiety, relief, sadness. You are not alone, and it is normal to feel this way. There are so many questions, and an avalanche of information to....
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The Facts About In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

The Facts About In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

Are you taking care of an elderly loved one, or a child with a disability? You could qualify for financial benefits as an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provider. In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a California government program that provides economic....
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Can I Get Financial Benefits for My Child with Down Syndrome?

Can I Get Financial Benefits for My Child with Down Syndrome?

If you’ve recently learned that your child has or will have Down syndrome, there are many steps you can take to give him or her a happy, healthy, and rewarding life. Thanks to government programs available in California, it can be possible receive financial....
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How to Get Paid for Raising a Child with Special Needs

How to Get Paid for Raising a Child with Special Needs

Raising a child is financially difficult for many families, but particularly for parents of children with special needs. More than forty percent of families with a child with a disability report experiencing significant financial stress. Thirty percent of....
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Can I Get IHSS If I Already Have SSDI?

Can I Get IHSS If I Already Have SSDI?

If you are taking care of a child with a disability like autism, you could qualify for financial benefits as an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provider. In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a California government program that provides economic support....
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Get Ready for Your First IEP Meeting

Get Ready for Your First IEP Meeting

When you find out that your child is eligible for special education services, an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) must be put in place. At the IEP meeting, the decisions regarding special education and related services are made so that an....
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Can I Get Money for My Child with Autism?

Can I Get Money for My Child with Autism?

It is estimated that it costs a family $1.4 million to $2.5 million to raise a child with autism, studies say. This compares to the average cost to raise a child who does not have special needs, which is around $300,000. It’s understandable then, that more....
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School Program Shut Down Due to COVID-19? You Could Qualify for More IHSS Hours

School Program Shut Down Due to COVID-19? You Could Qualify for More IHSS Hours

As a parent of a child with special needs like autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability, it can be difficult to find the best resources, especially if we are in the midst of a difficult time or a new diagnosis. And since the beginning of....
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Going Through a Divorce with a Child with Special Needs? Get Help.

Going Through a Divorce with a Child with Special Needs? Get Help.

Even when you do not have children, going through a divorce is emotional and difficult. When you have a child with special needs, it seems like the process is even more complicated. Many parents feel alone and powerless, facing the challenges of taking care....
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How Long Does It Take to Get Approved for IHSS?

How Long Does It Take to Get Approved for IHSS?

Getting financial help as parents try to work, pay bills, and raise a child with a disability like autism, cerebral palsy, or Down syndrome can sometimes be necessary. Not only does it ease the constant worrying about money, monetary benefits can also help....
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How Do I Financially Plan for My Child with Special Needs' Future?

How Do I Financially Plan for My Child with Special Needs' Future?

Raising children is expensive. This is especially true when it comes to raising a child with special needs. In fact, one study by Autism Speaks estimated that the average lifetime cost to raise a child with autism is $1.4 million dollars. So how do you....
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How Do I Get More IHSS Hours?

How Do I Get More IHSS Hours?

If you have California’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS), you know it provides amazing financial support to enable you to stay at home with your child with special needs. Children with autism, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy can often take a....
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Can I Get Money to Help Raise My Child with Autism?

Can I Get Money to Help Raise My Child with Autism?

As a parent of a child with autism, are you constantly worrying that you don’t have enough money to provide the best care for your child? Your fears are understandable, since studies estimate that the costs of raising one child with autism in the United....
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How Do I Reduce My Child with Autism's Anxiety During the Holidays?

How Do I Reduce My Child with Autism's Anxiety During the Holidays?

The holidays are here, and when you think about celebrating, you may have happy memories of your family spending quality time together. For many children with autism, however, the holidays can make them feel stressed because of the unfamiliar situation, and....
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Tips to Make Remote Learning Easier for Your Child with Special Needs

Tips to Make Remote Learning Easier for Your Child with Special Needs

If your child has autism, Down syndrome or another disability, you are probably receiving services from the school for special education. But how is it going in regard to the Covid-19 pandemic and remote learning? The school system is tough to navigate on a....
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My IHSS Was Denied. Should I Give Up?

My IHSS Was Denied. Should I Give Up?

Trying to get In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) for your child with special needs on your own the first time around is difficult. There is specific documentation you need to provide, including paperwork from doctors, therapists, teachers and medical....
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Does Autism Qualify as a Disability in Regard to Financial Benefits?

Does Autism Qualify as a Disability in Regard to Financial Benefits?

Each child with autism is different, and the impact their condition has on their life will depend on many factors. These will include the severity of their condition, any additional diagnoses, such as a learning disability or a mental health problem, and....
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Should I File a Due Process Complaint Against My Child’s School?

Should I File a Due Process Complaint Against My Child’s School?

If 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....
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How to Handle This School Year as a Parent of a Child with Special Needs

How to Handle This School Year as a Parent of a Child with Special Needs

If your child has autism, Down syndrome or another disability, you are probably receiving services from the school district for special education services. But how is it going in regard to the Covid-19 pandemic and remote learning? The school system is tough....
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Is There Financial Help I Can Get for My Child with Autism?

Is There Financial Help I Can Get for My Child with Autism?

Having a child with autism 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 he gets the educational services he needs as well as any occupational, behavioral, and....
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Are You Ready for Your IHSS Home Assessment Interview?

Are You Ready for Your IHSS Home Assessment Interview?

If you are a parent of a child with special needs like autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability, can apply for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). In California, this is a program that provides financial assistance and grants up to $3,000....
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How Do I Apply for IHSS in California?

How Do I Apply for IHSS in California?

If you are raising a child with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability, you may qualify for financial help with In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). IHSS is a California program provided by the government that offers financial support for....
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The Steps After an Autism Diagnosis

The Steps After an Autism Diagnosis

Your child has just 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....
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Do I Pay Taxes on My IHSS Financial Benefits?

Do I Pay Taxes on My IHSS Financial Benefits?

Protective Supervision is part of the In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program in California, which are services paid for by the state of California to help keep children who are disabled to safely remain at home with their parents. If you are raising a child....
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How Much Can I Make as an IHSS Provider?

How Much Can I Make as an IHSS Provider?

If you’re struggling financially to raise your child with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability, there are resources to help you. You may be eligible to receive benefits such as In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). This funding can be....
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How to Prepare for Your IEP Annual Assessment

How to Prepare for Your IEP Annual Assessment

If your child has autism, Down syndrome or another disability, he may be eligible for special education services. The school system is tough to navigate without some preparation. That’s why getting ready for your IEP (Individualized Educational Program)....
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Can a Parent of a Child with Autism Be a Paid IHSS Caregiver?

Can a Parent of a Child with Autism Be a Paid IHSS Caregiver?

As a parent of a child who has autism, it is common to struggle financially. There are health services to pay for, as well as therapies that are necessary for your child with special needs to lead a fulfilling life. In many situations, as a parent of a child....
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Frequently Asked Questions About IHSS During COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions About IHSS During COVID-19

The state of California provides a helpful program called In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) for parents of children with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or another disability. Especially for those of you who have had to stop....
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What is In-Home Support Services (IHSS) Protective Supervision?

What is In-Home Support Services (IHSS) Protective Supervision?

If you are raising a child with a developmental disability, such as autism, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, you might be eligible for IHSS Protective Supervision, which allows financial support of up to $3,000 per month. Protective Supervision is part of the....
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How to Get a Letter from Your Child's Doctor for Your IHSS Application

How to Get a Letter from Your Child's Doctor for Your IHSS Application

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

How to Request an IHSS Appeal State Hearing

Have you applied for California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program and been denied? Or you received a low number of hours and believe you should get more? You can appeal this decision and still receive the maximum amount of funding. Read below to....
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How to Fight for Your Child with Special Needs' IEP Rights

How to Fight for Your Child with Special Needs' IEP Rights

Families with children with disabilities like autism already face obstacles in getting their children the appropriate services they need to learn. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) outlines specific requirements for identifying....
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Can My Child with Autism Still Get Special Education Services During COVID-19?

Can My Child with Autism Still Get Special Education Services During COVID-19?

With schools closing throughout the state, virtual learning has emerged as the mainstay for educating California’s students. But, the barriers for distance learning, including having little or no experience with videoconferencing and the need for electronic....
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I Can’t Work Because of COVID-19. How Can I Financially Support My Child with Special Needs?

I Can’t Work Because of COVID-19. How Can I Financially Support My Child with Special Needs?

Parents are increasingly worried about how they are going to pay their bills as coronavirus COVID-19 forces businesses to close and millions of people lose their jobs. And if you are the parent of a child with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome,....
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Can I Still Apply for IHSS During COVID-19 Quarantine?

Can I Still Apply for IHSS During COVID-19 Quarantine?

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. And if you....
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Can I Get Financial Help for My Child with Autism if I Lost My Job Due to COVID-19?

Can I Get Financial Help for My Child with Autism if I Lost My Job Due to COVID-19?

As a parent of a child who has autism, it is a common situation to struggle financially. There are health services to pay for, as well as therapies and equipment that are necessary for your child with special needs to lead a fulfilling life. And now due to....
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How to Survive Quarantine with Your Child with Special Needs

How to Survive Quarantine with Your Child with Special Needs

        Breaks from your normal life can offer great opportunities for extra fun and relaxed downtime for you and your child with special needs. However, with the coronavirus COVID-19 national emergency dragging on for an untold amount of....
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Coronavirus: Plan for Your Child with Special Needs’ Future

Coronavirus: Plan for Your Child with Special Needs’ Future

      Planning for your future financially is a challenge for everyone—but even more so for you if you are a parent of a child with special needs during this time. Many children with special needs are living longer, which puts you as a parent....
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How Do I Talk with My Child with Special Needs about Coronavirus?

How Do I Talk with My Child with Special Needs about Coronavirus?

      Children with special needs are bound to have questions about the new coronavirus—COVID-19. Especially with the increasing number of school-closure announcements, and news of the outbreak dominating headlines and social-media....
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How Do I Protect My Child with Special Needs Against Coronavirus?

How Do I Protect My Child with Special Needs Against Coronavirus?

        As a parent, you can’t help but worry about the safety of your children. And if you are the parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or another type of disability, it can be extra worrisome as....
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How to Prepare for the IHSS Social Worker Visit

How to Prepare for the IHSS Social Worker Visit

In California, parents of children with special needs like autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities can apply for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), a program that provides financial assistance. Granting up to $3,000 per month, it gives....
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How Far Back Does IHSS Pay?

How Far Back Does IHSS Pay?

If you are the parent of a child with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or another disability, California State’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) provides a helpful program to get financial support every month.....
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Message to an Exhausted Mom of a Child with Special Needs

Message to an Exhausted Mom of a Child with Special Needs

      Parenting is difficult enough, 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 you don’t....
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Talking with Your Child with Special Needs About Tragic Events

Talking with Your Child with Special Needs About Tragic Events

        All of us are still reeling about the news of Kobe Bryant’s death. As someone who was so influential in the public eye as a role model and hero for so many kids as well as adults, it strikes extra hard to our hearts. When a....
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My IHSS Hours Were Cut. What Do I Do?

My IHSS Hours Were Cut. What Do I Do?

California State’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) provides an amazing program for financial support to enable you to stay at home with your child with a disability and keep her or him safe and happy. Children with special needs such as autism,....
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How to Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs

How to Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs

        As a parent, you want to make sure that your child with special needs is never subjected to discrimination and that he or she gets every opportunity to thrive. To be an effective advocate for your child, however, you need to....
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How to Survive Winter Break with Your Child with Special Needs

How to Survive Winter Break with Your Child with Special Needs

        School breaks offer great opportunities for extra fun and relaxed downtime for you and your child with special needs. However, time off from school can also create challenges for all parents and children. Disruption in your daily....
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What is a Due Process Hearing and How Do I Win My Case Against the School?

What is a Due Process Hearing and How Do I Win My Case Against the School?

        If 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. If you believe your child should....
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How to Financially Plan for Your Child with Special Needs

How to Financially Plan for Your Child with Special Needs

        Planning for your child who will require lifelong support can be overwhelming. You have to consider legal and financial matters, your child’s individual needs, and the effect all your decisions will have on everyone else in the....
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My Child Has Been Diagnosed with Autism. What Do I Do?

My Child Has Been Diagnosed with Autism. What Do I Do?

      Learning that your child has been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be difficult, and it’s common that you as a parent have a lot of questions and emotions. These include dealing with the diagnosis, choosing the best....
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How Can I Be a Good Parent for My Child with Special Needs When I Am Exhausted?

How Can I Be a Good Parent for My Child with Special Needs When I Am Exhausted?

        The burden is great if you are a parent of a child with special needs. A recent study found that mothers of children with autism had levels of stress hormones comparable to soldiers in combat. Finances are often a struggle, as well....
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How to Become a Paid Caregiver for Your Child with Special Needs

How to Become a Paid Caregiver for Your Child with Special Needs

      As a parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or another disability, it is a common situation to struggle financially. There are health services to pay for, as well as therapies and equipment that are....
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Therapies for Children with Down Syndrome and How to Pay for Them

Therapies for Children with Down Syndrome and How to Pay for Them

      If you’ve recently learned that your child has or will have Down syndrome, there are many steps you can take to give her or him a happy, healthy, and rewarding life. And with early intervention, there are many therapies that can have a....
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Can I Claim Disability for My Child with Autism?

Can I Claim Disability for My Child with Autism?

      Sometimes, we need financial help as we are trying to work, pay bills, and raise a child with special needs like autism. Not only does it ease the constant worrying about money, these benefits can help pay for therapies and other....
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Get an Advocate to Help with Your Child with Autism

Get an Advocate to Help with Your Child with Autism

    There are excellent services out there for children with special needs but finding the right ones for your child can be a daunting experience. If you need financial help, or you are battling the school district for the services your child needs,....
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Is There Financial Assistance for My Child with Autism?

Is There Financial Assistance for My Child with Autism?

        It is estimated that the cost of raising a child with autism from birth to 18 years is about $30,000 a year, $17,000 more a year than a child who doesn’t have special needs. Depending on the severity, the cost of lifetime care....
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How to Get Approved for IHSS Protective Supervision

How to Get Approved for IHSS Protective Supervision

    Raising a child with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability can be didfficult financially. There are doctor appointments, therapy, and IEP meetings at school. When you have a fulltime job, how can you attend all these? It....
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Are You Getting Enough Child Support for Your Child with Autism?

Are You Getting Enough Child Support for Your Child with Autism?

        If your child has special needs such as autism, there are many steps you can take to give him a happy, healthy, and rewarding life. And if you are a single parent who is struggling financially, you may be eligible to receive....
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Can I Apply for IHSS and Still Get SSI?

Can I Apply for IHSS and Still Get SSI?

        If your child has a disability, there are many steps you can take to give him a happy, healthy, and rewarding life. And if your family is struggling financially, you may be eligible to receive benefits such as In-Home Supportive....
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I Was Told I Don’t Qualify for IHSS Because My Child Is Too Young. Help!

I Was Told I Don’t Qualify for IHSS Because My Child Is Too Young. Help!

        Does your child have a disability such as autism, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy? You could be eligible for financial benefits as an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provider. In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a California....
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Should I Hire a Disability Lawyer to Win My IHSS Appeal?

Should I Hire a Disability Lawyer to Win My IHSS Appeal?

        Are you the parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or another type of disability? If so, you may qualify for financial assistance, such In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). If you’ve applied for....
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My Social Worker Took Away My IHSS Hours—Help!

My Social Worker Took Away My IHSS Hours—Help!

        Protective Supervision, part of the IHSS program, can be of great value for children with special needs like autism or Down syndrome, who need to be observed 24 hours per day to protect them from injuries, hazards, or accidents.....
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Should I Get an IEP for My Child?

Should I Get an IEP for My Child?

          Back to school time is around the corner, and as your child starts in her new class, it's important to know her educational options, especially if she has a disability such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or....
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My Doctor Won’t Give My Child a Diagnosis for Autism

My Doctor Won’t Give My Child a Diagnosis for Autism

          As a parent, you know your child best. You may have a strong suspicion that your little one may have autism, but since language and social development are such a major part of the condition, and toddlers tend to have limited....
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As a Parent, Do I Qualify for (IHSS) Protective Supervision as a Provider?

As a Parent, Do I Qualify for (IHSS) Protective Supervision as a Provider?

          Protective Supervision is part of the In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program in California. If you are raising a child with special needs like as autism, Down syndrome, epilepsy, or cerebral palsy, you might be eligible for....
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Am I Eligible for IHSS Financial Benefits?

Am I Eligible for IHSS Financial Benefits?

        Are you taking care of a child with a disability? You could be eligible for IHSS financial benefits as an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provider. In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a California government program that....
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How Do I appeal My IHSS Hours?

How Do I appeal My IHSS Hours?

        Are you the parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or another type of disability? If so, you may qualify for financial assistance, such as IHSS. IHSS stands for In-Home Supportive Services. IHSS....
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Can I Be an IHSS Provider?

Can I Be an IHSS Provider?

As a parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or another disability, it is a common situation to struggle financially. There are health services to pay for, as well as therapies and equipment that are necessary for your child....
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How Do I Apply for In-Home Support Services (IHSS)?

How Do I Apply for In-Home Support Services (IHSS)?

If you raising a child with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability, you may qualify for financial help with In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). IHSS is a California program provided by the government that offers financial support for....
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How Much Does IHSS Pay in California?

How Much Does IHSS Pay in California?

            If you’ve recently learned that your child has a disability, there are many steps you can take to give her a happy, healthy, and rewarding life. And if your family is struggling financially, you may be eligible to....
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My Child Has Autism. Can I Get Financial Benefits?

My Child Has Autism. Can I Get Financial Benefits?

If your child has been diagnosed with autism, it can be difficult emotionally and mentally. In addition, raising a child with autism can take a substantial financial toll on your family. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, it can cost between....
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How to Support Children with Autism During Awareness Month

How to Support Children with Autism During Awareness Month

      Lighting it up blue for World Autism Awareness celebrated each year in April is our way of supporting children and individuals with autism. Autism awareness activities increase world knowledge of autism and impart information about the....
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Is There Financial Help for Single Parents with a Special Needs Child?

Is There Financial Help for Single Parents with a Special Needs Child?

Parenting as a single parent is difficult under any circumstances, but when your child has special needs, there's an even greater level of struggle. The challenges are multiplied, and if there is no support from the other parent, you’re on your own to....
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How to Get Through a Divorce with a Child with Special Needs

How to Get Through a Divorce with a Child with Special Needs

Getting through a divorce is tough, especially when you have a special needs child. If you are the parent who will have full custody, it might feel like is all up to you—your child’s health, education and long-term planning for the future. Being alone in....
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3 Ways to Get Paid with a Financial Program in California

3 Ways to Get Paid with a Financial Program in California

If your child has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability, he may be eligible for a financial program that offers benefits. In California, there are 3 programs that will pay you so you can stay home and take care of your child with....
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How to Prepare for Your First IEP Meeting

How to Prepare for Your First IEP Meeting

  If your child has autism, Down syndrome or another disability, he may be eligible for special education services. The school system is tough to navigate without some preparation. That’s why getting ready for your first IEP (Individualized Educational....
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How Do I File a Complaint Against the School for My Child with Special Needs?

How Do I File a Complaint Against the School for My Child with Special Needs?

If your child has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability, she may be eligible for special education services. But what if, after your child has been evaluated, you do not agree with the decision? If you cannot resolve the dispute by....
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What Documentation Do I Need When I Apply for IHSS?

What Documentation Do I Need When I Apply for IHSS?

In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a program in California that provides payment to you as the caregiver for your child with special needs. It can help you financially so you can stay home and take care of your child who has a disability like autism, Down....
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How Do I Quit My Job to Take Care of My Child with Autism?

How Do I Quit My Job to Take Care of My Child with Autism?

When your child is diagnosed with autism, life seems to go into overdrive. There are doctor's appointments to arrange, therapists to visit, and school services to manage. There are books and websites to read, information to review, and changes to make at....
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Can I Get Financial Help for My Child with Autism?

Can I Get Financial Help for My Child with Autism?

Families can often make sacrifices to support their children and make sure they live joyful and productive lives. If you have a child with autism, sometimes it means that you have to pay a lot of money to improve your child’s quality of life with doctor....
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Why You Should Get an IHSS Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs

Why You Should Get an IHSS Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs

If you have a child with a disability, you already feel the stress of having to take care of her health, educational and emotional needs. This doesn’t even include having to cope with a drastically lowered income because of reduced work hours or having to....
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Were You Denied IHSS Because You Are Too Good of a Parent?

Were You Denied IHSS Because You Are Too Good of a Parent?

Have you cut back your hours or quit your job altogether to take care of your child with special needs? Between all the doctor's appointments and the time taken off when he is sick, it’s really tough to maintain a fulltime job. And mostly, even though you....
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How to Get IHSS Even If You’ve Been Denied

How to Get IHSS Even If You’ve Been Denied

Have you tried to get In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) for your child with special needs, but you’ve been denied? When you are a parent of a child with a disability like autism or Down syndrome, an IHSS denial can be stressful. You know you need financial....
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Find the Right Care for Your Child with Special Needs

Find the Right Care for Your Child with Special Needs

As a parent, searching for childcare is tough. You want to find someone who truly cares for your child, who takes his best interests to heart, and who is reliable, devoted, and honest. If you have a child with special needs, searching for someone is even more....
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Does My Child with Down Syndrome Qualify for Financial Benefits?

Does My Child with Down Syndrome Qualify for Financial Benefits?

Down syndrome is a disability that is usually diagnosed very early in a child’s life. It is probably one of the most common and visible disability in existence, and there are increased efforts to mainstream children with Down syndrome into society. While....
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Does My Child with Autism Qualify for IHSS?

Does My Child with Autism Qualify for IHSS?

Having a child with special needs usually comes with more expenses. And if you are already struggling financially, deciding to spend money on a service for your child with autism means that you won’t be able to spend money on something else for your family.....
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How to Prepare Your Child with Autism for the Holidays

How to Prepare Your Child with Autism for the Holidays

When you think about the holidays, you may have happy memories of your family coming together, and spending quality time. For many children with autism, however, the holidays evoke feelings of anxiety associated with noises, people, and events that are....
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What is IHSS Protective Supervision?

What is IHSS Protective Supervision?

Parenting is difficult enough, and when your child has special needs, including autism, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, you are challenged even further. The struggles seem to double if you have to cut your work hours or quit your job altogether to take care....
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Questions About IHSS? Get All the Answers!

Questions About IHSS? Get All the Answers!

                If you’ve recently learned that your child has a disability, there are many steps you can take to give her a happy, healthy, and rewarding life. And if your family is struggling financially, you may be....
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Where Can I Get Help for My Child with Special Needs?

Where Can I Get Help for My Child with Special Needs?

If you have a child with disabilities, you already feel the stress of having to take care of the health, educational and emotional needs of your kid. This doesn’t even include having to cope with a drastically lowered income because of reduced work hours or....
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Do You Know Your Child’s Rights for Special Education?

Do You Know Your Child’s Rights for Special Education?

Families with children with disabilities like autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy already face the huge financial pressure to manage at-home care. Unfortunately, school districts often worsen this pressure by not supplying the special education support....
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Can I Get Financial Benefits for My Child with Autism?

Can I Get Financial Benefits for My Child with Autism?

Raising a child with autism is demanding on an emotional, mental, and physical level. Autism is a complex developmental disability that is usually diagnosed within the first three years of a child’s life. Also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD, it....
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How Do I Take Care of My Child with Autism Financially?

How Do I Take Care of My Child with Autism Financially?

  Raising a child with autism is expensive. Experts say that raising a child to adulthood costs about $250,000. If you are a parent of a child with autism, you can expect to pay about ten times that amount. And if you have a child who incurs regular....
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How Do I Get the Maximum Number of IHSS Hours for My Child with Autism?

How Do I Get the Maximum Number of IHSS Hours for My Child with Autism?

Are you trying to figure out how you will work fulltime, pay the bills, and take care of your child with autism? You can apply for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), which pays caregivers to take care of children with disabilities. This program could pay you....
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Does My Child Need an IEP?

Does My Child Need an IEP?

            It’s back to school time, and as your children start in their new class, it's important to know their education options, especially if they have disabilities. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) can help your....
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Can You Get More Money from IHSS?

Can You Get More Money from IHSS?

Have you applied for IHSS Protective Supervision and been approved? Protective Supervision is part of the In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program in California, and it is crucial for families raising a child with a developmental disability, such as autism,....
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What to Expect at Your IHSS Appeal California State Hearing

What to Expect at Your IHSS Appeal California State Hearing

Have you applied for IHSS Protective Supervision and been denied? Or you received a low amount of hours? You can appeal this decision and still receive the maximum amount of....
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How to Financially Prepare for Your Child with Down Syndrome

How to Financially Prepare for Your Child with Down Syndrome

More than 20 million U.S. families have at least one member with special needs, including Down syndrome. On top of concerns about their child's health, parents of children with Down syndrome are tasked with planning how to financially support their child....
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How to Apply for In-Home Support Services (IHSS) Protective Supervision

How to Apply for In-Home Support Services (IHSS) Protective Supervision

              Protective Supervision is part of the In-Home Support Services (IHSS) program in California. If you are raising a child with a developmental disability, such as autism, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, you....
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Can I Get Back Pay Through IHSS?

Can I Get Back Pay Through IHSS?

              Are you raising a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or another type of developmental disability? If so, you may qualify for financial assistance, including IHSS. IHSS stands for In-Home....
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How to Apply for In-Home Support Services (IHSS)

How to Apply for In-Home Support Services (IHSS)

Are you raising a child with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability? You may qualify for funding with In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). IHSS is a California government program that provides financial support for in-home caretakers of....
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How to Pay for Therapy for Your Child with Autism

How to Pay for Therapy for Your Child with Autism

As a parent of a child with autism, are you constantly worrying that you don’t have enough money to provide the best care for your child? Your fears are understandable, since studies estimate that the costs of raising one child with autism in the United....
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How to Appeal if You Are Denied IHSS

How to Appeal if You Are Denied IHSS

Are you the parent of a child who has Autism, Down Syndrome, or another type of developmental disability? If so, you may qualify for financial assistance, including IHSS. IHSS stands for In-Home Supportive Services. IHSS provides financial assistance to....
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What Is In-Home Support Services (IHSS)?

What Is In-Home Support Services (IHSS)?

Sometimes, we need financial help as we are trying to work, pay bills, and raise a child with a disability like autism, cerebral palsy, or Down syndrome. Not only does it ease the constant worrying about money, these benefits can help pay for therapies and....
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My IHSS Protective Supervision Hours Have Been Cut. What Do I Do?

My IHSS Protective Supervision Hours Have Been Cut. What Do I Do?

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 your child. In such circumstances, your family may be....
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How to Get Paid to Take Care of Your Child with Down Syndrome

How to Get Paid to Take Care of Your Child with Down Syndrome

If you’ve recently learned that your child has or will have Down syndrome, there are many steps you can take to give her or him a happy, healthy, and rewarding life. Even if your family is struggling financially, you may be eligible to receive benefits on....
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Are You Helping or Hurting? How to REALLY Raise Autism Awareness

Are You Helping or Hurting? How to REALLY Raise Autism Awareness

The month of April is dedicated to Autism awareness with World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), which aims to put a spotlight on the hurdles that people with autism and their families face every day.Thanks to campaigns like this, the percentage of people who are....
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How to Win Your IHSS Appeal

How to Win Your IHSS Appeal

If you have been trying to receive benefits for IHSS for your child with special needs like autism or Down syndrome, a denial can be stressful. As a parent, you need financial help to take care of your child who needs supervision 24 hours a day. You’ve had....
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You Need Care Too: Survival Tips for Special Needs Parents

You Need Care Too: Survival Tips for Special Needs Parents

Taking care of a child with special needs is a round-the-clock job with few breaks. You have a tendency to put most of your energy into your child’s well-being, while your own needs take second place…or last....
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Your Family Doesn't Want to Understand Autism: How to Cope

Your Family Doesn't Want to Understand Autism: How to Cope

Helplessness. Frustration. Sadness. They’re all emotions you’re probably more acquainted with than you like to think about. After first dealing with your child with autism’s diagnosis, your life has been a roller-coaster. What’s more difficult is when....
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How to Cope as a Single Parent of a Child with Special Needs

How to Cope as a Single Parent of a Child with Special Needs

Parenting by yourself is difficult enough, 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 from the other parent,....
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How to Tell if Your Child is Autistic

How to Tell if Your Child is Autistic

It’s difficult to say how you might feel when the suspicion starts to creep up that your son or daughter might have a disability. For some parents, it’s absolutely heartbreaking. For others, it’s actually a relief. However you feel about it, there’s....
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Need Help with Your Child with a Disability? Get an Advocate

Need Help with Your Child with a Disability? Get an Advocate

  There are excellent special education services out there, but finding the right ones for your child can be a daunting experience. If you need financial help, or you are battling the school district for the services your child needs, you can get....
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The IHSS Home Interview: What to Expect

The IHSS Home Interview: What to Expect

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a federal program that provides financial assistance so you, as your child’s caretaker, can give the best supervision and care for your child in the comfort of your own home. This means that you can receive an hourly....
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Who Will Take Care of Your Child with Special Needs After You're Gone? Get a Plan

Who Will Take Care of Your Child with Special Needs After You're Gone? Get a Plan

Planning for your future financially is a challenge for everyone—but even more so for you if you are a parent of a child with a disability. Many children with special needs have long life expectancies, which puts you as a parent in a precarious spot: who....
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3 Toys That Will Be a Hit with Your Child with Special Needs

3 Toys That Will Be a Hit with Your Child with Special Needs

  It’s getting closer to that time! And there are a million things to do still—buying that perfect gift for your child with special needs is one of....
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Snow Globe Craft for Your Child with Autism

Snow Globe Craft for Your Child with Autism

The holidays are here! And what better way to get into the spirit with your kids than by starting some holiday crafts with this snow globe sensory bottle! This DIY snow globe sensory bottle is literally so much fun and everyone knows that art activities are....
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Tips for the Holidays for Your Child with Special Needs

Tips for the Holidays for Your Child with Special Needs

While many children can’t wait for the holiday season, this time of year can mean extra stress for children with Autism and other disabilities. The interruption to their schedule, sights and smells that are unfamiliar, your home full of people and noise –....
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Early Intervention for Your Child with Down Syndrome

Early Intervention for Your Child with Down Syndrome

The primary years of a child’s life are a significant time for his or her development. During this early moment in time, children accomplish the basic physical, cognitive, and social skills that lay the foundation for future progress, and these capabilities....
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How To Talk To Your Child With Special Needs About Tragedy

How To Talk To Your Child With Special Needs About Tragedy

When a catastrophic event happens, like a terrorist attack or a natural disaster, children may be troubled by what they see or hear about the tragedy. They may react with emotions such as fear, worry, shock and....
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Becoming Your Child with Special Needs’ Advocate at School

Becoming Your Child with Special Needs’ Advocate at School

You as a parent are your child with special needs best advocate. Let’s face it: you know your child like no one else does, and so when it comes to getting the best for him, you are the one who will always get it done. But getting started with the special....
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Your Special Needs Family: Prepare a Financial Plan

Your Special Needs Family: Prepare a Financial Plan

Raising a child with a disability is expensive. Professionals in the financial industry say that raising a child to adulthood costs close to $250,000 today. If you are a parent of children with special needs, you can expect to encounter costs as much as ten....
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Your Child with Special Needs at School: Know Your Rights

Your Child with Special Needs at School: Know Your Rights

One of the most difficult situations for you as a parent with a child who has a disability is ensuring that he or she gets the education to which they are entitled. This means that children with special needs have rights that allow them to receive distinct....
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The Best Way to Manage Your Stress as a Parent of a Child with Autism

The Best Way to Manage Your Stress as a Parent of a Child with Autism

As a parent, your children stole your heart the very moment they were born. That’s the thing about parenthood. We’re naturally programmed to care of our kids no matter what, and an autism diagnosis doesn’t change that. However, the initial sting of an....
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How to Help Your Child with Special Needs Start School

How to Help Your Child with Special Needs Start School

It’s coming up! Getting ready for the first day of school is filled with excitement, and also a bit of anxiety. Kids pick out first-day-of-school outfits. Parents buy classroom supplies, backpacks and lunchboxes. Most families enjoy the preparation. But if....
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What to Do When Siblings of Children with Special Needs Act Out

What to Do When Siblings of Children with Special Needs Act Out

A majority of families with children with disabilities will say that the bulk of their concentration and time is dedicated on their child with special needs. If your family is facing this, you are not alone. As a parent, you often feel torn into pieces all....
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Summer Camps in Southern California for Kids with Special Needs

Summer Camps in Southern California for Kids with Special Needs

Summer camp! It conjures up memories of making new friends and enjoying new experiences. Children with special needs can also have fun during the summer and participate in all the great elements that camp has to offer at places equipped with adaptive....
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Single Mom Raising a Child with Autism: How to Get Financial Help

Single Mom Raising a Child with Autism: How to Get Financial Help

Raising a child with Autism who requires constant supervision is difficult even in the best of times. And if you are a single mother who is struggling financially, it can seem even more daunting. You have to work and pay the bills, but your child needs....
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4 Great Blogs You Should Read as a Parent of a Child with Special Needs

4 Great Blogs You Should Read as a Parent of a Child with Special Needs

Sometimes parents of children with special needs face the challenge of feeling like you're the only one out there. Alone. It’s tough on those days, even if you have friends and family who support you. Unless they have children with disabilities too, it’s....
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Parents of Disabled Children: How to Find a Supportive Community

Parents of Disabled Children: How to Find a Supportive Community

As parents, we know how many responsibilities you have and how your day goes from morning to bedtime with getting the kids to school on time, coordinating their soccer games and singing lessons, trying to get them to eat broccoli for dinner, and making sure....
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Finding the Right Care for Your Child with Special Needs

Finding the Right Care for Your Child with Special Needs

As a parent, there are many times that you are in search of childcare. This includes finding someone who provides reliable, devoted, and quality care for your child. If you have a child with special needs, searching for someone is even more complex: you may....
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How to Pay for a Child with Special Needs

How to Pay for a Child with Special Needs

The New Year brings many changes, and one of them may be your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. If you have one coming up, you and the rest of the IEP team will sit down together to make sure the IEP meets your child’s needs. The....
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Surviving a Divorce with a Special Needs Child

Surviving a Divorce with a Special Needs Child

Going through a divorce is tough. What makes it even more difficult is to survive one when you have a special needs child. If you are the custodial parent, you quickly realize that it is all up to you—your child’s health, education and long-term planning....
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Overwhelmed by the System? Tips to Make It Easier.

Overwhelmed by the System? Tips to Make It Easier.

Your child has special needs, 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.....
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Tackling the Massive Cost of Care for a Child with Special Needs

Tackling the Massive Cost of Care for a Child with Special Needs

If you are a parent of a child with special needs, you may suffer from constantly worrying that you don’t have enough money to provide the best care for your child—or you fear that you will face bankruptcy from all the bills. Diagnoses such as cerebral....
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The Hardest Parts of Being a Special Needs Parent

The Hardest Parts of Being a Special Needs Parent

Being a parent is tough. Let’s face it, your life has changed dramatically. But parenting a child with special needs brings additional challenges—ones you weren’t expecting, and others you find are absolutely devastating. Even more disconcerting, are....
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After the IEP: Ways to Get Financial Help

After the IEP: Ways to Get Financial Help

If you are a parent with a special needs child, you know how expensive life can be. Deciding to spend money on a service for your child can sometimes mean not using that money on another need for your family. There are a countless number of choices you must....
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10 Great Resources for Parents of Children with Autism

10 Great Resources for Parents of Children with Autism

According to the latest statistics, 1 in 88 children are on the autistic spectrum, including 1 in 54 boys. It’s a disorder that’s still not entirely understood, and even within the community of parents of children with autism and educators who work with....
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Can I Get Paid to Take Care of my Child with Autism?

Can I Get Paid to Take Care of my Child with Autism?

Raising children is financially difficult for many families, but particularly for parents of children with autism. More than forty percent of families with a child with special needs report experiencing significant financial stress. Thirty percent of parents....
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How to Manage Your Stress as a Parent of a Child with Special Needs

How to Manage Your Stress as a Parent of a Child with Special Needs

  Stress is common in any family. But in a special needs family, it is alarmingly common. In fact, many parents suffer from post-traumatic stress and health problems secondary to stress. Parenting a child with special needs brings with it many additional....
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What Parents Want You to Understand About Their Autistic Child

What Parents Want You to Understand About Their Autistic Child

Parents of children with Autism manage an assortment of different elements every day. From keeping countless documents and battling with school systems for their child’s rights, to dealing with a lack of sleep and meltdowns, it’s enough to exhaust even....
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Parents of Kids with Special Health Needs: How to Work with the School System

Parents of Kids with Special Health Needs: How to Work with the School System

Raising a child with special health care needs can be a complex and demanding job. You manage your child’s wellbeing and development while maintaining the rest of your family’s life. It’s tough and exhausting. And what about school? You know that your....
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