FURTHER SUPPORT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
The other morning after a meeting, I was talking to one of my colleagues. She told me that her friend has a 5-year-old with special needs, and every day they’re presented with new questions. The family has been seeking support that goes beyond what the school provides. Mom needs someone she can trust to find the best options for her daughter. My colleague knew of my passion and experience working with individuals with special needs and their families, so she asked, “What can we do for her daughter?”
Beyond just legal guidance, individuals with special needs and their caregivers need ongoing support for the whole family. They need to know how to take care of themselves while also caring for someone else, including how to get rest, relieve tension, and approach each new stage of the child's life. Each individual has their own unique case, and there’s no single solution with all the answers. After considering what kind of support I could provide, I suggested to my colleague that we schedule a couple of phone calls each month. With regular check-ins, her friend can ask questions as they come up. My colleague and I have both been seeking answers to a tough question: “What can we do to improve the life experience of an individual with special needs?”
families. When you have a question related to special needs, you can call me. I’ll be there to talk you through it. You need support. I’m here to provide it. Call Art Swerdloff today. Together, we can create a support network.
It’s the kind of question I’ve pondered many times myself.
In my years working with families, I’ve been disappointed by the lack of day-to-day support available. There’s no holistic, all- encompassing guide on raising a child with special needs.
One solution I’ve come up with is to provide the same type of ongoing support to other
When you think of St. Patrick’s Day cuisine, corned beef and green beer are probably the first things that come to mind. This year, consider adding colcannon to your March 17 menu. It’s basically mashed potatoes on steroids, and it’s utterly delicious.
• 1 pound cooked bacon, chopped into small pieces • 4 scallions, finely chopped • Parsley, for garnish • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions • 3 pounds potatoes • 2 sticks butter • 1 1/4 cups hot milk • 1 head cabbage, cored and shredded 1. Steam potatoes for 30 minutes. Peel skins and mash flesh thoroughly. 2. Chop 1 stick of butter into small cubes and add to warm potatoes. Once melted, slowly add milk, stirring constantly.
3. Boil cabbage in water. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to tenderize. 4. Add cabbage, bacon, and scallions to mashed potatoes, gently stirring to combine. 5. Serve garnished with parsley and a pat of butter.
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