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Apr 26

El Comportamiento Positivo

10:00am - Raising Special Kids

May 10

Preteen/Teen Conference - Flagstaff

9:00am - Raising Special Kids - Flagstaff

May 17

Adult Transition Conference

8:30am - Nina Mason Pulliam Conference Center

Jun 5

High School Transition Conference - Ganado

9:00am - Ganado Unified School District

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Samantha & Greyson

Samantha & Greyson

Samantha and her husband did not know their 7-month old son had swallowed a small toy. Nor were they prepared for the cascade of medical and behavioral complications it would cause. The tiny plastic doll necklace did not show up on x-rays, but the damage it ...

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Nannette's Family

Nannette's Family

Family Support Specialist, Nannette Salasek, has been helping families deal with challenges of raising children with special needs since she began volunteering for Raising Special Kids in 2004. At that time, her experience as a parent of a child with a ...

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Tory and Chris

Tory and Chris

Tory did not know what to do about her son's difficulties at school. She knew Chris was smart, but each day the conflicts were getting worse and her relationship with the school was becoming adversarial. The worst part was "Chris was not getting the help he ...

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Erika and Daniel

Erika and Daniel

Erika recalled how frustrated she felt when she was trying to find the right placement for her son. Daniel's behavior was becoming more and more challenging. "It just went through the roof," she said. After receiving help with understanding her rights and ...

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Jaime and Emma

Jaime and Emma

Emma was born healthy and had a happy infancy until the day she was rushed to the hospital with a life threatening head injury. She wasn't expected to survive. She needed emergency neurosurgery and was hospitalized for two months. "My beautiful, healthy, ...

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Karen's Story

Karen's Story

As a teacher, Karen Hinds had been referring families of her special education students to Raising Special Kids for years. Then, Karen became the mother of a child with special needs. "Over the years, I've been able to see the difference that Raising ...

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Marci and Matthew

Marci and Matthew

Marci remembers her experience meeting her newborn son for the first time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). "It was a moment which terrified me almost as much as the trauma of his entrance into this world." As Marci described the first weeks and ...

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Mark and Tricia

Mark and Tricia

Mark and Tricia's family started their journey of raising children with special needs when their youngest son was born with Lobar emphysema and had part of his lung removed. "He was quarantined to our home for most of the first three years of his life ...

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Twila's Story

Twila's Story

After learning of her youngest child’s diagnosis, Twila set out to learn all she could about Cerebral Palsy and what she could do to help her daughter. Living in a remote area in the Hopi Tribal community made accessing some resources challenging, but ...

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Darby and Max

Darby and Max

Darby's method of dealing with the health, educational and behavioralchallenges her family faced with her son, Max, was mentally to "put thoseinto buckets, and then deal with each overflowing bucket.""Max had missed a lot of school due to illness, he was ...

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  • Samantha & Greyson

  • Nannette's Family

  • Tory and Chris

  • Erika and Daniel

  • Jaime and Emma

  • Karen's Story

  • Marci and Matthew

  • Mark and Tricia

  • Twila's Story

  • Darby and Max

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