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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,…
In this episode of Parenting Impossible, Host Annette Hines speaks with special needs mother and inventor Randi Sargent. Randi created the website SayitwithSymbols.com, the only source dedicated to taking the guesswork out of caring for adults with cognitive/communication challenges by offering easy-to-use, picture-based communication aids designed specifically for adult caregiving. Randi was inspired to start SayitwithSymbols.com after the birth of her son who was born with severe communication and intellectual disabilities. Despite years of specialized…
While all active parents are caregivers in some sense of the word, parents of special needs children are more than just parents — we also take on the roles of nurses, educators, therapists, and so much more with, sometimes, little to no training or prior experience in those areas. As if this reality wasn’t difficult before, parents and caregivers of special needs children are more overwhelmed than ever during the pandemic. The loss of routine…
In this episode of Parenting Impossible, Host Annette Hines and Employment Law Attorney Rebecca Pontikes discuss the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and accessing different benefits you may be entitled to as a caregiver. Rebecca is the founder of Pontikes Law, LLC and represents employees in all areas of employment law. She specializes in gender and family responsibility (caregiver) discrimination, sexual harassment, negotiation of employment contracts and separation agreements, non-competition agreements, retaliation and whistle-blower…
Is our education system supporting the needs of kids with disabilities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? That’s the question host Annette Hines, Psychologist Allison Brooks and Special Education teacher Megan Parker discuss during Episode 64 of Parenting Impossible. Allison Brooks is a psychologist working in the Seattle Washington area. She has an extensive history speaking about topics such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), Autism, educational advocacy, motivation for middle schoolers, ADHD, and anxiety. Brooks…
Across the country, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of divorces as married couples struggle to adjust to life in quarantine with their spouse and other changes stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.   While divorce is an emotionally draining and stressful process for anyone, it comes with an additional set of challenges for couples with special needs children.   According to the documentary film, “Autism Every Day”, divorce rates for families with…