I sincerely believe saying that, “Success is not shown in the things we have done, but it is in the things that we have had to overcome.“ BY LAUREN M. KOENIG AND H. BARRY WALDMAN, DDS, MPH, PHD [Definition] Overcoming: To defeat or succeed in controlling or dealing with something. Enter the two words “overcoming disabilities” on the Google search engine page and within fractions of a second, 956,000 web sites become available. It should […]

Travel Lessons With Family

BY PEG GRAFWALLNER, M.ED. We adopted our daughter, Ani, from a Bulgarian orphanage when she was five years, 11 months. Her life in the Eastern European orphanage was the stuff of every wretched newspaper article and every horrific magazine excerpt. When I met Ani in the orphanage, I knew something wasn’t quite right. I assumed she was scared and anxious.  However, upon arriving home, one of my former students came over to meet Ani. As […]

Taking Care Of The Caregiver

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D “Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” – Christopher Germer Having a child with special needs requires extra care and attention from the family members that surround them. Special needs include children with physical, behavioral/emotional, developmental, and sensory impairments. This includes a range of abilities and challenges faced by each child and therefore the family as well. Often, the needs of the primary […]

Unique Summer Camp For Children Who Use Computers To Communicate

CAMPERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE WELCOME FROM AUGUST 21 TO 27 Camp Chatterbox, sponsored by Children’s Specialized Hospital, is a weeklong, overnight camp for children and young adults—ages 5 to 22, who use synthesized Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. Camp Chatterbox offers two unique programs: a Family Program for children ages 5 to 14 and an Independence and Self-Advocacy Program for teens and young adults ages 15 to 22. All campers must be […]

“Invisible work” toll among family and unpaid caregivers

SOURCE: National Institutes of Health; BY Carol Torgan, Ph.D. At a Glance Unpaid caregivers who helped with the health care of older adults experienced emotional, physical, and financial difficulties, as well as lower work productivity. The findings provide a better understanding of the unmet needs and challenges of this often invisible workforce, which plays a key role in the health care system. Family and other unpaid caregivers perform many activities on a regular basis as […]