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A Compassionate Response to a Caregiving Crisis Children with complex medical conditions and in need of foster care find hope in Baltimore-area foster family support programs

Daisy, left, was adopted through Kennedy Krieger's Therapeutic Foster Care program

  A typical week for Melissa Hanna might include doctor’s appointments; occupational, physical or speech therapies and learning as she goes. She is a foster parent for two medically-complex children younger than age 1 through Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Therapeutic Foster Care program. This program provides a hands-on approach to foster …

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Finding the Right School for Special Needs Students How to find the perfect fit for your child

Girl with down syndrome with her teacher in school

  Parents want the best education possible for their children. But when you parent a child with special needs, deciding which school will best support your son or daughter’s needs is not easy. We spoke with educational planning experts who specialize in understanding the academic and social-emotional needs of neurodiverse …

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Benefits of Early Diagnosis for Children on the Autism Spectrum How can early diagnosis of ASD and access to care help kids on the spectrum achieve their potential?

Autistic child girl holding ribbon symbol of colorful pieces of jigsaw together for day of raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the world.

  During Maya’s* first birthday celebration, her mother knew something was different. “We were singing ‘Happy Birthday,’ and she had such a blank stare. In that moment, I knew something was off,” recalls Elizabeth Chaillou, who perhaps had special insight into typical childhood milestones given that Maya is the youngest …

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