Links to Resources for Parents of Children with Disabilities
5 Ways to Support Siblings in special Needs Families: When one child has challenges that disrupt family life, the other children are affected. This article from Child Mind gives tips for helping siblings get what they need to thrive, too.
ATN/AIR-P Puberty and Adolescence Resource: A Guide for Parents – All parents eventually face the challenge of teaching their children about the natural changes of puberty. However, parents of pre-teens with ASD may need the help of additional strategies to ease the transition. Our aim in developing this tool is to provide guidance on the subject of puberty that can be directly applied to pre-teens with ASD. In doing so, we hope to increase families’ understanding of puberty and their ability to adapt to these changes with confidence.
Find Important Social Security Forms Here – The Social Security Administration’s website has many forms you can download, print and fill out. Available forms include applications for disability benefits and child’s insurance benefits, enrolling in Medicare, appealing a medical decision and requesting a waiver on an overpayment. Of course, you can also apply for benefits and take care of other Social Security business online. For more information, read Disability.gov’s Guide to Disability Benefits or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778) or your local Social Security office.
For Families and Children: The DHH offers a variety of services for families and children, varying from physical fitness programs and behavioral health options to maternal and child health programs. By providing accurate and timely information on a variety of health issues, Louisiana families can rely on DHH for everyday health news and updates during times of emergency. For more information on how the Department serves families and children, please click here.
Homework and Study Shortcuts: 12 Ways to Get Things Done Quicker – Small steps can bring huge rewards in getting homework done and in studying for tests
Medication Safety: Giving kids medicine safely can be complicated. And many parents feel the pressure when a young child needs certain medications, knowing that giving too much or too little could cause serious side effects. But with a little knowledge and a lot of double-checking, you can give your kids medicine safely and prevent dangerous reactions.
Parent’s Guide to Childhood Immunizations The CDC’s Parents’ Guide to Immunization is an excellent resource for any parents who have questions about immunizations. This guide helps parents and caregivers learn about the role vaccines play in helping keep children healthy and addresses any misinformation about vaccines and questions about the safety of vaccines.
Primary Partners in their Child’s Development and School Readiness: This tool kit aims to help communities partner with parents to enhance child development and school readiness. Its two-part approach involves: 1) developing parents as their child’s first teacher; and 2) engaging parents as decision makers and leaders. Both sections are jam packed with resources, references and tips and drive home a simple refrain: We must act today to help prepare our youngest students for success in the classroom tomorrow.
What Parents and Caregivers Can Ask and Do to Help Children Thrive at School: Do you have questions about your child’s education but not sure where to start? Take a look at this parent checklist (English and Spanish) to find out ways you can help your child thrive at school. Download checklist here!