SPECIAL NEEDS

Sara, 4 months, and her adoptive dad, age 60Parenting a child with special needs takes courage, strength, determination and an intestinal fortitude that few people know they have.  Every day is a challenge but so many rise to the occasion and laugh in the face of adversity because they know it’s not the hand you’re dealt but how you deal with it that counts. We dedicate this page to them.

"Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength." - Christopher Reeves

 

QUICK SEARCH LINKS:
I)      ADD/ADHD
II)     ASPERGER'S SYNDROME
III)    AUTISM
IV)    BLINDNESS
V)     CEREBRAL PALSY
VI)    CYSTIC FIBROSIS
VII)   DEAFNESS
VIII)  DOWN SYNDROME
IX)    MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

X)     SPINA BIFIDA (NEW)


I) ADD/ADHD
Issues:
    •    Diagnosing ADHD
    •    Understanding ADD/ADHD Children
    •    ADHD Parenting Problems

Blogs:
    •    ADD/ADHD Blog
    •    ADHD Doctor Dad
    •    Empowering Parents.Com
    •    Life with ADHD

Websites:
    •    Additude Mag.Com
    •    Add Resources.Org
    •    CDC.Gov.
    •    CHADD.Org
    •    LD Online.Org

II) ASPERGER’S SYNDROME
Issues:
    •    
The Asperger’s Syndrome Dad Test
    •    Coping with Asperger’s Child’s Behaviour
    •    Asperger’s Impact on Family Members

Blogs:
    •    A Boy With Aspergers
    •    How to be a Dad to Aspergers Child
    •    Life with Aspergers
    •    Meet Chaz
    •    Parenting Aspergers

Websites:
    •    Aspergers.Com
    •    Asperger’s Syndrome.Org
    •    My Asperger’s Child.Com
    •    Tony Attwood.Com
    •    Wrong Planet.Net

III) AUTISM
Issues:
    •    Autism’s Impact on Dads:
         Autism: Dads
         Autism’s Toll on Fathers
    •    Connecting to Your Autistic Child
    •    Protecting Your Autistic Child

Blogs:
    •    Another Autism Dad
    •    Autism Daddy
    •    Autism From a Father’s Point of View
    •    Bacon and Juice Boxes
    •    Dad Versus Autism
    •    Big Daddy Autism

Websites:
    •    Autism Action.Org
    •    Autism Canada.Org
    •    Autism Parent 2 Parent
    •    Autism Resource Foundation
    •    Autism Society of America.Org
    •    Autism Speaks.Org
    •    Autism Web.Com

IV) BLINDNESS
Issues:
    •    Books for Parents of Blind Children (Perkins)
    •    Encouraging a Blind Child’s Need to Explore
    •    Raising a Blind Child: The First Year

Blogs:
    •    Leading the Blind
    •    Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation/Blog
    •    Raising a Blind Angel
    •    Utah Parents of Blind and Visually Impaired Children/Blog

Websites:
    •    Blind Children.Org
    •    Family Connect.Org
    •    National Blind Children’s Society (U.K.)
    •    Resources for Parents of Blind Children





V) CEREBRAL PALSY
Issues:
    •    CP Child:
         Money Issues
    •    Understanding Cerebral Palsy:
         A Parent’s Guide

Blogs:
    •    Unexpected Lessons

Websites:
    •    Cerebral Palsy.Org
    •    CP Daily Living.Com
    •    CP Family Network.Org
    •    CP Parent.Org
    •    Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
    •    Three to Be Foundation

VI) CYSTIC FIBROSIS
Issues:
    •    Food Struggles with CF Kids
    •    Parent’s Guide to CF (Pdf)
    •    Cystic Fibrosis: Parenting Issues
    •    Cystic Fibrosis: School Issues

Blogs: (Parenting Children with CF)
    •    Bella’s Blog
    •    Breathe for Tomorrow
    •    Lisa Greene’s Blog
    •    Zoe for Life

Websites:
    •    Cystic Fibrosis.Com
    •    Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    •    Happy Heart Families:
         Tips for Living with CF
    •    The Emily Center:
         (Phoenix Children’s Hospital)
    •    More Helpful Links

VII) DEAFNESS
Issues:
    •    Parents of Deaf Children:
          Communication Considerations
    •    Parents:
          Importance of Sign Language
    •    Choosing a School for a Deaf Child

Blogs:
    •    Deaf Culture Online
    •    Deaf Parenting.Com
    •    Sway to Death Valley:
         (5 Dads in Support of NDCS)
    •    Parents of Deaf Children Blogs:
         (putzoworld.org)

Websites:
    •    American Society for Deaf Children
    •    Websites for Parents of Deaf Children
         (Kent State University)
    •    Parents of Deaf Children (Au)
    •    Raising and Educating Deaf Children (R.I.T)
    •    Voice for Deaf Kids.Com (Canada)

VIII) DOWN SYNDROME
Issues:
    •    Behavioral Issues
    •    Communication Problems
    •    New Parents Guide
    •    Sleep Problems in Children

Blogs:
    •    Bill and Ria
    •    Noah’s Dad
    •    D.A.D.S. (Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome)

Websites:
    •    Compilation:
         Best Down Syndrome Websites
    •    For Parents (downsyn.com)
    •    National Association for Down Syndrome

IX) MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Issues:
    •    A Medical Look at MS in Children
    •    Childhood MS: A Guide for Parents
    •    MS in Children (Mayo Clinic) - Video

Websites:
    •    Chumsweb.Org
    •    MS Society.Org
    •    Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
    •    National Multiple Sclerosis Society


X) SPINA BIFIDA:

Blogs:
•    From a Mother: A Documented Journey
of Having a Baby With Spinda Bifida

•  Usandourbaby.blogspot.ca (Baby Hudson)

Websites:
www.myspindbifidabook.org