Additional Resources: Special Needs Parenting

This week, we heard stories from two people who have experienced trenches as parents of special needs children—stories of hurt but also stories of growth and healing. We hope these additional resources offer strength and encouragement to those who are also in this trench, no matter how far along you are. Please feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!


Websites

10 Special Needs Organizations You Should Know About →

This list offers links to ten organizations for special needs families—organizations that offer physical and financial support, practical advice, educational resources, employment assistance, community connections, local events and programs, and more.

LD Online | Helping Parents Deal with the Fact That Their Child Has a Disability →

This article outlines the grieving process and stages of adjustment that parents of special needs children might experience while coming to terms with a diagnosis. It also offers tips for parents who are in the midst of trying to reach acceptance.

Center for Parent Information and Resources | You Are Not Alone →

"The feeling of isolation at the time of diagnosis is almost universal among parents [of special needs children]. In this article, there are many recommendations to help you handle feelings of separateness and isolation."

Extension | Specific Ideas for Child Care Providers to Help Children with Physical Disabilities →

As this article highlights, "children with physical disabilities are children first." With that in mind, the article offers a list of practical ways that parents and other childcare providers can support those children as they play, learn, and grow.

Books

Little Parachutes | Children's Books about Physical Disabilities →

The 20+ books on this website are books that "either inform and educate able-bodied children on physical disabilities, or acknowledge the challenges/celebrate the positive aspects of living with a physical disability."

Some Kids Use Wheelchairs, by Lola M. Schaefer (Amazon, B&N)