Marriage and Family Life

How to Find a Special Needs Day Care

According to the Children’s Defense Fund, 19 million children in kindergarten through eighth grade are regularly in nonparental care before and after school.

Keep Children with Autism from Wandering

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: They turn their attention away from a child for just a moment to answer the phone or check dinner in the oven, and when they look again, the child is gone, and a frantic search begins.  

Communicating with Your Special Needs Child

Every child is a special needs child.  Most of those special needs fall within our expectations, and that's the reason why we don't really consider them “special.”  But other needs are completely unexpected and require a lot of effort on our part to fulfill. The only first hand experience I've had with a special needs child was with my first born. He was born after only 28 weeks of gestation and my wife and I had to wait almost one month before we could hold him in our arms.

Vista Inspires Autism Community

For children and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders in West Los Angeles, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services has a whole lot of answers to the the question, "What can we do?" As CEO Dr. Elias Lefferman says, "You do everything you can whenever you can."

To Worry or Not to Worry: Your Child's Development

Mother’s intuition is priceless but unfortunately not always an accurate gauge about whether a child is developing normally or not. Thankfully, there are several excellent checklists available to evaluate social interaction, speech, and hearing and physical development, regardless of your child’s age. So take a deep breath"it is emotionally difficult to look at your child this way, especially if you have some fears. Hopefully, there is nothing wrong. If there is, early intervention is highly effective.

Family Coaching Improves Well-Being of the Whole Family

Everyone is affected when a child has significant developmental, social or emotional challenges. Whatever the diagnosis " or even if you don’t yet have a diagnosis " if you’re parenting a child with special needs, your entire family feels the impact.Family coaching addresses the well-being of all of you: parents, siblings and special needs child alike. It’s natural " and necessary " to focus a lot of energy on the child with special needs. But if you neglect yourself, your spouse or your other children, everyone suffers. Family coaches provide tools and strategies to help everyone thrive.

Support For The Journey

A woman’s daughter has just been diagnosed with autism. A couple struggles to deal with their brain injured baby, still in the NICU. These courageous parents face an unknown journey with no preparation and no road map. What do they need? They need to be able to share their remarkable stories, to allow their grieving to unfold, to let go of their dreams for their child and for their own lives. They must manage the stress of day-to-day life and learn to navigate the systems of care and funding required for their child.

A Growing Epidemic for Kids: Help Your Child Stop Cutting

One of the most insidious and disturbing behaviors teens engage in is cutting. Cutting is a form of self-punishment by people afflicted with ongoing feelings of guilt, confusion, anger, or overwhelming pain. In many cases, cutting is correlated with a history of sexual abuse, substance abuse, eating disorders, and obsessive- compulsive behaviors. The statistics are one in every 200 adolescent girls between the ages of 13 and 19, regularly cut. Even though cutters are primarily teenage females, the disorder also affects males.

Reaching Out to Families Dealing With Autism

Every 20 minutes, a child is diagnosed with autism. It is an epidemic currently affecting 1 in every 166 children. Unfortunately, while the number of families impacted by autism continues to increase, the funding for school support, education and services is decreasing. Raising a child with autism is a 7-day a week, 24-hour a day job that can be overwhelming for most parents. There are countless families living in isolation and despair because they don't have the resources to help.

Family Coaching Improves the Well-Being of the Whole Family

Everyone is affected when a child has significant developmental, social or emotional challenges. Whatever the diagnosis"or even if you don’t yet have a diagnosis"if you’re parenting a child with special needs, your entire family feels the impact.