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Special Needs Kids/GC - challenges and joys!

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Do you have a special needs child? Or are you a GP/relative raising, helping to raise or otherwise deeply involved w/ a special needs GC/relative child? If so, please share w/ us the challenges you face - and the joys/rewards. (Your comments may help/encourage someone else in similar circumstances.)

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I don't have time to respond to this right now, but am following closely. My 15 y.o. grandson is on the autism spectrum, I'm very involved. But I have a lot to say and feel on the subject.

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The #2GB is on the tip of the spectrum. He also has so unrelated emotional issues that just make everything worse. DS/xDIL have very different parenting styles so while DS/newDIL have far less issues with him xDIL/DH struggle with him. I have few issues when he's with me. He's getting a variety of services, but he's resistant as it makes him feel "different"...and at 10 all you want to do is fit in.

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One of my GDs has some issues.  Her biggest complaint is that school is just too hard, but doesn't seem to be for everybody else.  

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On 12/28/2017 at 4:47 PM, SueSTx said:

One of my GDs has some issues.  Her biggest complaint is that school is just too hard, but doesn't seem to be for everybody else.  

But maybe she just thinks it's not that hard "for everybody else?" Other kids could be complaining to their families, too, unbeknownst to her, each thinking they're the only one. Do you know if her parents have checked w/ other parents?

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She has been tested and is on a "plan".  She also goes to therapy once a week.  She is on a special Olympics team also...so yes, school is harder for her than most others.

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Sorry about that, Sue. But glad it's being taken care of.

How wonderful that she's on the special Olympics team! Best of luck to her and her teammates! :)

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No special needs children in our family, but I do remember babysitting a special needs toddler when I was in my teens, and I gained a lot of experience doing so.

Challenges were many... as he didn't have normal mobility like a child without disabilities, nor was he fully able to feed himself or use the toilet, and as for joys and rewards, just seeing his face light-up with happiness and glee when I'd take him somewhere or do something fun with him, made babysitting him so gratifying.

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