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Movement When Your Child has a Physical Disability

I needed movement for stress relief more than ever when my son was born with a physical disability. But how could I go for a run with a child with a trach?

Jamie Sumner
developmental age

Developmental Age: My Child is More than a Number

I'm not the only parent who's fought back tears after a developmental age eval. Learning my son is on level with a 3 year-old was a sucker punch to the gut.

Alethea Mshar
special needs

Your Child with Special Needs: Survival Tips for the Dentist

Taking your special needs child to the dentist or any other appointment doesn't have to be so harrowing. Here are my top three tips for making it bearable.

Jamie Sumner
complex disabilities

A Call for Allies for Families with Complex Disabilities

Families with complex disabilities lack a voice. Only by having allies to help us ask for programs and support can our voices be heard and heeded.

Alethea Mshar

When You Compare Your Child to Other Children with Special Needs

Sometimes you can’t help but note and compare the differences in development and progress between your child and other children with special needs.

Jamie Sumner
GROW with Shield

GROW with Shield HealthCare Awarded Best Blog Finalist

GROW with Shield HealthCare has been named a PR News' Social Media Awards finalist in the Best Blog category for its support of special needs families.

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
special needs

Special Needs Parenting: When the Storm Hits

When you're parenting a child with special needs, there will always be storms. Life is about unexpected situations and how we weather them.

Jamie Sumner
Child with Complex Needs

Job Description: Parent of a Child with Complex Needs

Wanted: Parent of a Child with Complex Needs. Must be willing to work more than 100 hours per week on minimal sleep. Experience in nursing preferred.

Alethea Mshar

Redefining Independence for Your Child with Special Needs

To be independent is a hard-wrought thing. Eating, breathing, speaking, moving…these things take intense effort from a child and family with special needs.

Jamie Sumner
special needs mom

Moms of Children with Special Needs: When Your Friend is Expecting

There’s something to be said for developing your “surprise face” when someone tells you she’s pregnant. As a special needs mom, there's some PTSD involved.

Jamie Sumner
Pediatric Tube Feeding Guide
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