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A guide to help parents understand special needs resources, support, and educational information.

Special Needs Basics for Parents

On your journey with a child with a special educational or medical need, always remember you are not alone.

Suggestions for Finding Help


When most parents think of the juggling act involved in raising a family, they think of coordinating soccer games with ballet practice and grocery shopping. But if you’re a parent of a child who is sick or has special needs, your schedule likely involves doctor’s visits, therapy sessions, and waiting for doctors and insurance companies to return your phone calls. And then there’s the exhaustion and endless worry. What you need is help. But how can you get it? Here are six suggestions for making your life a little less complicated. Continue reading from Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Link to The Activity Kit for Babies and Toddlers at Risk by Deborah Fine in catalog.               borah Fein in the catalog.                                                                       borah Fein
Link to Differently Wired by Deborah Reber in the catalog.
Link to Down Syndrome Parenting 101 by Natalie Hale in the catalog                      catalog.
Link to Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome byy Maryanne Bruni in the catalog.
Link to The Life we Never Expected by Andrew Wilson in the catalog.
Link to Normal: A Mother and Her Beautiful Son by Magda Newman in the catalog.
Link to Parenting Your Child with Autism by Anjali Sastry in the catalog.
Link to Raising Boys with ADHD by Mary Anne Richey in the catalog.
Link to Sensational Kids by Lucy J. Miller in the catalog.
Link to The Sensory Child Gets Organized by Carolyn Dalgliesh in the catalog.
Link to Time to Talk: What You Need to Know about Your Child's Speech and Language Development by Michelle MacRoy-HIggins in the catalog
Link to What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew by Sharon Saline in the catalog.
Early Intervention 


2-1-1 Child Development Infoline

Do you have questions or concerns about your child's development or pregnancy? Child Development Infoline (CDI) supports children's healthy growth starting from pregnancy. CDI is a specialized unit of United Way of Connecticut. Care Coordinators are available to answer the phone Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm, except on holidays. Messages can be left 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are returned promptly. This service is free and confidential, with multi-lingual and TTY capacity. Continue reading from 2-1-1 Child Development Infoline 


 Connecticut Birth to Three: For Families

Some babies and toddlers need extra help as they learn and grow. They may need support with:

Talking and using words

Crawling and walking

Grabbing and holding things

Birth to Three is a program built to help all families who have children age 3 and younger with developmental disabilities or delays (or have a condition that poses a high risk of developing one) . Continue reading from Connecticut Office of Early Childhood