Parenting a Child with Special Needs Roundtable Recorded Webinar

Danny Nguyen
Author | Shield HealthCare
06/25/18  3:57 PM PST
Special Needs Parenting

Roundtable Discussion: Parenting a Child with Special Needs – Presented by Alethea Mshar, special needs mom and blogger, and a guest panel featuring special needs parents who are active in the special needs community: Jamie Sumner, Dr. Liz Matheis, and James Leach has already taken place. However, you can watch a recording of the webinar:

Click here to view/download a PDF version of the slides.

Webinar Overview:

Raising a child with complex medical, developmental and mental health needs can be a nerve-wracking experience. Join our panel of four parents as they discuss the skills and mindsets they’ve developed to manage this extreme environment.

This webinar will consist of a 1-hour discussion, where webinar attendees will be welcome to ask topic-related questions live.

If you’d like to watch this video without logging in to GoToWebinar through the button above, you can find the recording on Vimeo.

Please see below for more information about Alethea Mshar and the three featured special needs parents: Jamie Sumner, Dr. Liz Matheis, and James Leach.

No CE Contact Hour Available

*This webinar is based on the personal experiences of our guest speakers and does not represent the advice of a clinician. Please consult with your physician for clinical questions.

About Alethea Mshar, Special needs mom and Blogger

Alethea Mshar is mom to two children with complex needs, as well as author and blogger with a growing following in the special needs community. She has two sons with Down syndrome. The youngest also has Hirschsprung’s Disease, hearing impairment, Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome, is on the autism spectrum and is a leukemia survivor. You can find Alethea on her blog, Ben’s Writing Running Mom, or on Facebook as Alethea Jo, Writer.

About Jamie Sumner, featured special needs mom

Jamie Sumner is a special needs mom, author and blogger. She has a son, Charlie, diagnosed with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome and cerebral palsy, as well as a set of boy/girl twins. Her newly released book is called Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood. You can find her on her blog or on Facebook as the Mom Gene.


About Dr. Liz Matheis, featured special needs mom

Dr. Liz is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and certified School Psychologist who specializes in working with children with ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Learning Disabilities, and behavioral struggles. Dr. Liz is a mom to three children, one with special needs. She is passionate about gaining the right services for children, her own as well as the children with whom she works.




About James Leach, featured special needs dad

James and his wife are raising a typical daughter and a 5-year old son with Down syndrome in Caledonia, MI. Due to Corbin’s medical complexities, such as heart issues, cyclic vomiting syndrome and a feeding tube, his family has navigated the medical and health insurance arena extensively. Their strength as a family through all of this is that they operate as a team.



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  1. Will the roundtable webinar on July 25 from 9am-10am PT be recorded and available to listen to later for those who cannot listen live?

    1. Hi Jennifer! Yes, we are recording the webinar, and you can find a link to the recording on this page on the afternoon of the 25th. Hope you find the webinar helpful when you are able to watch it! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

  2. Thank you Aimee, you already answered my question. I will not be able to watch it on real time, but I will look for the link at a later time..again thank you for provide us with tools in order to become better prepared for our children with special needs…

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