When managing the care of a child with special needs, there is a lot to think about, plan for and consider.

Parents are often dealing with complex emotions, addressing medical issues, participating in meetings and therapy sessions, documenting information, thinking about educational and recreational opportunities, planning for transitions, accessing funding and supports, and the list goes on.

There are likely many people working on behalf of your child. At Children’s Link, we seek to support YOU, as a caregiver. To encourage you in your role and on your journey, this page contains links to articles, stories, blog posts and other helpful online information. You can refer to this content for ideas, encouragement and sometimes a good laugh.

So, You’ve Just Received a Diagnosis… Now What?

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I distinctly remember the day my son was diagnosed.  Parents don’t forget receiving that type of news.  Somehow, after listening to the cluster of labels applied to my child, I ended up at the grocery store.  The clerk asked calmly, as if my world hadn’t just been crushed, “How are you today?”  I shoved down […]

Beyond Empathy: How To Help Parents of Kids with Special Needs

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As a parent of a child with special needs, I can’t tell you how many times someone has innocently said, “I don’t know how you do it.”  Meant to be an empathetic comment, it often left me wanting to respond, “I don’t know either,” or “It’s not like I have a choice…” Being a special-needs […]

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT

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The right to feel angry The right to seek another opinion The right to privacy The right to keep trying The right to stop trying The right to set limits The right to be a parent The right to be unenthusiastic The right to be annoyed with your child The right to time off The […]