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In this episode of Parenting Impossible, Host Annette Hines talks about bringing behavioral analysis training home with her guest, Jessica Guzman. Jessica previously worked as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, or BCBA, in Austin, Texas, to help families navigate challenging behavior for their young children with special needs. She also has a master’s in education. Recently, she created her own company, “Little Wildlings Ltd. Co. ” where she is a behavior consultant who helps kids…
In this special episode of Parenting Impossible, Host Annette Hines welcomes back some of her early podcast guests, Hillary Dunn Stanisz, Cheryl Ryan Chan, and Dave Greenwood, to celebrate the podcast’s first anniversary and open the door to the future of conversations about special needs. This episode is also significant because Annette lights a candle for her daughter, Elizabeth, in honor of Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week.  Annette launched Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs…
In a recent Circle of Care Facebook Live session, special guest and disability advocate Cheryl Ryan Chan suggested that the pandemic has become the “great equalizer” in the disability world.    During COVID-19, ALL of us have experienced the effects of quarantine on some level. For some of us, we are experiencing a life of isolation, loss of freedom, anxiety, fear, sadness, loneliness, etc all at the same time. While many people are going through…
In this episode of Parenting Impossible, host Annette Hines talks to sleep consultant Melissa Doman. For more than ten years, Melissa has worked with special needs families who are fed up with sleepless nights and are ready to find solutions despite being told there’s nothing that can be done about their child’s sleep problems.   Annette and Melissa begin their discussion with an explanation of “sleep training” and how it can benefit special needs children…
As we all know, transition planning has been one of the most challenging services to provide during the past 6 months.   In the beginning of the pandemic, all of the special needs students were pulled from their vocational rehabilitation programs. All of the counselors stopped working and the program shut down, therefore there were no training services being provided.     This has been hugely problematic. As students are ready to transfer from a high…
In episode 68 of Parenting Impossible, host Annette Hines speaks with special needs mother Leah Moore. Leah is not only a mother of three, but also a writer and high school English teacher. As a writer, she has been featured in several publications including Today’s Kids in Motion Magazine and has her own blog, Loving You Big. Leah is currently working on her first book as well. Leah’s life changed after her daughter, Jordan…
In the words of Parenting Impossible Host Annette Hines, “give yourself a break.” In this mini-podcast, Annette shares four tips special needs parents and caretakers should consider as they continue to navigate distance learning and new social distancing guidelines associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. 1. Find or Recreate Your Team Think about one or two people in your life that can step in and allow you to take a physical break. Whether it’s a member…
During a recent Facebook Live event hosted within our “Circle of Care” Facebook Group, Special Needs Companies founder Annette Hines discussed all things special needs planning and special needs trusts.  Essentially, special needs planning serves to connect your long-term goals for your special needs child or loved one with financial assets and key documents. One of these documents is a special needs trust. There are two types of special needs trusts, and they are…
Among the challenges of raising a child with special needs is figuring out how to provide for that child once you’re gone. If the child will never be able to earn a living, how can you determine how much of your own money to set aside for her care and support, and for the rest of her life? One way to answer this question is through a free online calculator launched this summer by Harty
In this episode of Parenting Impossible, host Annette Hines and guest Matthew Cox discuss what it’s like to grow up with a learning disability and how it applies to distance learning in today’s climate.  Matthew Cox spent his elementary and middle school years thinking there was something wrong with his brain. For him, school work was a daunting and often embarrassing challenge. He was the kid who never seemed to catch up with his classmates,…