When Your Child Has Special Needs

As the parent of a child with special needs, you face many of the same challenges that any parent faces. But you'll have to cope with some unique financial, medical, educational, and legal issues as well.

Where do you start?

Getting reliable information and support is important when you have a child with special needs. Start by talking to:

  • Your obstetrician, pediatrician, and primary physician

  • Social workers familiar with federal, state, and community resources

  • Mental health professionals (e.g., psychologists and counselors)

  • Parents of other children with special needs

  • Members of a community or on-line support group

  • Individuals within your local school systems (e.g., the superintendent, the principal, guidance counselors, and special education teachers)

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