Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Speaking Topic: Parenting Special Needs Children

Jennifer shares her experience and lessons learned in rearing a special needs child. She gives her testimony of mistakes, fears, triumphs and a parent's point of view in battling rigid school systems, over-expensive healthcare systems, and tight-wad insurance companies. She'll give you tips and advice on how to maneuver around the system, advocate for your child's rights, and encourage your child to reach mile stones at his/her own pace.

Jennifer's daughter was born with a life-threatening seizure disorder. Although her daughter later stopped seizing, she still experienced developmental delays, Sensory Integration Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Celina's seizures went away for ten years and during that time she was med-free, but her grand mal (tonic clonic) seizures returned once she reached puberty and developed a new hormonal imbalance. At this time, her daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a high-functioning form of Autism. Now as a teenager, her daughter is overcoming her challenges step-by-step.

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