Your medically complex child gets a lot of help from you, regardless of the specifics of their condition(s). Yet one of the best things you can do for them is to help them help others. At the end of the day, everyone wants to feel useful, and many children with medical complexities don’t get as…

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Parents everywhere struggle to feed their children healthy meals, but when your child has medical complexities, it can be particularly challenging to find the time to cook at home. However, creating and sharing meals together has numerous benefits to families, including bonding, saving money, and healthier meals. Most parents want to cook at home for…

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You want the best for your child, so when you begin to suspect that they may have a speech or language problem, you want to seek help as soon as possible. However, how do you tell the difference between a speech delay and normal development? It can be especially difficult when children are very young…

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When your loved one has dementia, many things have to change. One of the most difficult is that the way you previously connected with your loved one may be unattainable due to their cognitive function. Unfortunately, this means that many individuals with dementia end up lonely, isolated, and withdrawn. Therefore, many caregivers are always looking…

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When your loved one has a chronic illness, it can feel like everything is out of your control. While it’s true that you can’t prevent the progression of the disease, you can choose how you respond to this truth. As their caregiver, the first step you can take towards acceptance of reality is to embrace…

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Mealtime can be stressful for all parents, but when your child has special needs, it can be especially difficult. The fast pace of the modern world has made it more challenging than ever to make meals both a healthy and satisfying experience that bonds your family through a daily ritual. With homework, soccer practice, and…

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When you discover that your child has down syndrome, whether prenatally or after they are born, it can be overwhelming. You must adjust to a new understanding of who your child will be and what their life will look like. You will adjust to this new reality in your own way — there is no…

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Life doesn’t turn out exactly how it should all the time. Ideally, we would all live close enough to our aging parents and grandparents to help them, but things change. You may have gotten a job in a far away place, or your partner or immediate family’s needs took you away from your hometown. Regardless…

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This is an enormously popular time of year for travel, but it isn’t so easy for many families. If your child is on the autism spectrum, it might be difficult for you to imagine taking a vacation anywhere. After all, people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) thrive when they have schedules, and disrupting their typical…

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Anxiety is a natural part of the human condition. You might feel anxious when you’re dealing with a problem, entering a new situation, or coping with a major life transition. This is a normal reaction that helps us handle stressors in our lives. However, when anxiety is an ever-present, overwhelming feeling that interrupts daily functioning…

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