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Special Needs Basics for Parents: Home

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 2-1-2 Child Development Infoline 

What Birth to Three Looks Like

The Connecticut Birth to Three System was created by state legislation and federal legislation known as the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Part C of IDEA is a program that assists states in operating a comprehensive statewide program of early intervention services for the families of infants and toddlers, ages birth up to age 3. The mission of the Connecticut Birth to Three system is to strengthen the capacity of Connecticut’s families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities. Continue reading from Connecticut Office of Early Childhood