Parenting kids with special needs requires parents who can separate their feelings from the needs of their children. This articles discusses some issues...
Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
Sibling issues when one has special needs: Am I my brother’s keeper?
Helping siblings manage and support brothers or sisters with special needs....
Preparing For The Adopted Child's Future
At 16 every child with an IEP must have an Individual Transition Plan in preparation to future job skills development and independent living, but for an internationally adopted child it may be too late to begin at this age - the process must start much earlier to lead the child to such change. Jeltje Simons offers a lot of details on when and how the family should begin the process.
The expectations and realities of parenting a post-institutionalized child
Of course there are adopted children who adjust more easily to their new families, and after an initial period they manage it quite well. Unfortunately a lot of adopted children have been not only through the trauma of abandonment and have acquired institutional behaviour that is now deeply ingrained, but they also have various degrees of brain and nervous system damage. And those children are very tricky to parent and it takes a long time and a lot of intervention to give them the best chance in life.
Dealing With Public Tantrums
Dealing with tantrums, particularly with a special needs child, is never an easy task for a parent, and can stretch your patience and parenting skills to the extreme. The best way to deal with a child tantrum is to prevent it from happening, so here are some tips and suggestions.