Sharing the Same Frustrations and Joys

Sharing the Same Frustrations and Joys

Posted May 1, 2014

Ellen remembers being told not to worry during her son Jack’s 18-month-old checkup when she mentioned that her son was not using any words.  After three more months passed with no words, the doctor recommended an Early Intervention...

Other Families Live This Too

Other Families Live This Too

Posted Apr 29, 2014

Sophia was born with omphalocele, a birth defect of the abdominal wall, which required immediate surgery. Sophia has had multiple physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges. A hospital social worker referred Sophia’s mother, Sharon, to...

We Had a Diagnosis but Nowhere to Go

We Had a Diagnosis but Nowhere to Go

Posted Apr 21, 2014

After Louise and her husband received a diagnosis for their son, Robert, she felt unsure about what to do next. "We had a diagnosis but nowhere to go," she explained. Then a speech therapist recommended she go to the Collaborative Therapies...

Samantha & Greyson

Samantha & Greyson

Posted Jan 28, 2014

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...

Nannette's Family

Nannette's Family

Posted Nov 11, 2013

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...

Tory and Chris

Tory and Chris

Posted Oct 21, 2013

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...

Erika and Daniel

Erika and Daniel

Posted Sep 18, 2013

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...

Jaime and Emma

Jaime and Emma

Posted Sep 3, 2013

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...

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