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Life should not be lived alone and families, caregivers and individuals should never feel isolated or left to figure things out on their own. Special Needs Stop created this page to provide useful tips and advice pertaining to special needs and disabilities from various agencies and individuals. we hope this information will help you become the best you can be when it comes to being a parent, individual, caregiver, teacher or advocate. If you have a tip or some advice you would like to share with others that are on a similar journey please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to include the information on our website. Be sure to check back frequently as this information is expected to grow as new information rolls in. 

National & State Directories & Links have been provided for information purposes only. It is important to conduct your own research of any individual, organization, product or service included in Special Needs Stop Resource Directory or on our Tips & Advice Page. The listing of an individual or organization on this site is not intended as an endorsement of that individual or organization or any products or services they may offer.

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 Helpful Information and Links Based on Need

ADHD 

  I recently learned that ADHD has a much bigger impact on our society than I ever realized. I’m not surprised that over 6 % of children are currently being treated for the cognitive disorder, because many of my friends have children with ADHD. But I had no idea that there are about 5 % of adults living with this condition as well! While ADHD often presents challenges to those living with the disorder in many facets of life, there are more resources than ever that present valuable insight and information on the condition. That’s why my team and I decided to put together a list that covers a range of topics on which people often have questions. 

Patricia Sarmiento


This article from the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers helpful advice on how to manage your ADHD in your romantic relationship.

Treatment Options for ADHD in Children and Teens

Parents whose children are struggling with the disorder will find this printable guide to be rich with information on many of the treatment options available to your loved one.

Creating the Optimal Living Environment for a Child with ADHD

This guide contains valuable information on creating a soothing home atmosphere, a key factor in fostering the focus and wellbeing of your ADHD child.

Coping with Adult ADHD

There are many techniques you can implement into your daily routine to better manage your most troublesome symptoms.

ADHD in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights and Tips for Success

This article not only informs you of your legal rights regarding your ADHD at work, but also gives pointers on strategies to try at home and work that can help make your career aspirations a reality.

As the parent of a child living with ADHD, I’m well aware of the challenges parents and children face when dealing with this type of health issue. And while I am grateful for the resources I have found, I know many people don’t have the time or ability to get the vital information they need to help parent a child with ADHD. As a blogger and a mother, I am doing my part to share as much information as possible.

Autism
Autism (ASD) Sleep Guide - Autism and Sleep Problems guide covers everything from a comprehensive overview of ASD, how it affects sleep, expert sleep management information for people with ASD and much more.

Epilepsy 

Basic First Aid for Seizures - Most people only need basic first aid during a seizure 
Additional information can be found by visiting The Epilepsy Foundation
  • Remain calm.
  • Ease the person to the floor and turn them gently to one side.
  • Stay with the person until the seizure is over.
  • Keep others away from the person. Give them some room
  • Make sure the person is breathing - taking breaths in and out
  • Time the seizure. How long did it last?
  • Describe the seizure. Is the person shaking, staring blankly, and/or taking breaths?
  • Move furniture, breakable, and/or sharp objects away from the person.
  • Never restrain or “hold” a person down during a seizure.
  • Do not put anything in their mouth
  • Do not have them “bite” down on an object
  • Do not try to give water, food or medications during a seizure
  • Know when to call 911
  • Call 911 if:
  • The person has never had a seizure before.
  • Has difficulty breathing or fully awakening after a seizure.
  • The person has another seizure soon after the first one.
  • The person gets hurt during the seizure.
  • The seizure happens in water.
  • The person is pregnant, or has a health condition like diabetes or heart disease.
  • The seizure last longer than five (5) minutes or as ordered by the doctor.

Hearing Impairment

America is one beautiful melting pot, yet it seems that certain groups are almost always overlooked. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community is particularly marginalized, and in fact, the U.S. Census Bureau hasn’t conducted an official count of the population since 1930. Yes, you read that correctly. And no, it’s not OK. As I make personal efforts to broaden Deaf and Hard of Hearing outreach in my own neck of the woods, I thought I’d try reaching out to your audience, too.

Housing

The following guide aims to help make the federal grants available to seniors, veterans, and people with cognitive and physical disabilities much easier to understand and take advantage of, particularly for remodeling homes for accessibility.

Physical Disabilities

While the world continues to do a better job of acknowledging the needs of those who are disabled, accessibility continues to be an obstacle. Just because someone is physically challenged doesn’t mean they should have fewer resources. In fact, they should have more! In my own research, I have found a wealth of information that I think needs to be shared with others. Let’s help eliminate the needle-in-the-haystack situation and put this information out front and center.

School 

Tips for Returning to School nformation Provided by Special Needs Stop

  • Discuss the daily routine with everyone involved
  • Take a tour of the school/program
  • Meet the teacher prior to the first day
  • Visit the classroom and show your child where he/she will be seated
  • Discuss transportation routine with your child
  • Plan a road trip to the school and explain how and when the child will arrive at school and home
  • Provide key information about likes and dislike to the teacher
  • Plan a follow up visit within a week to ensure appropriate changes have been met
  • Most importantly ask questions and hold those responsible for the development and well being of your child accountable for a successful school year.

Service Dogs
There are almost as many types of Service Dogs services dogs as there are breeds. Their work ranges from assisting the elderly to going to war. For more information on the right service dog for you and specific requirements and qualifications needed to apply for a service dog click here