Talking to Children about Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be very difficult for a family to navigate. It can be especially difficult to tell your child that their loved one has terminal cancer. That said, there are many ways to support your children as they face the challenge of a sick loved one. Learn more about tips you can use when talking to your children …

A Parent’s Guide to Safe Outdoor Play for Children with Autism

Outdoor play has profound benefits for children. Beyond physical activity, outdoor play contributes to a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development, improves sensory skills, and boosts moods and concentration.Unfortunately for children with autism and other special needs, the outdoors is also fraught with risk. So how can parents design safe outdoor spaces where special needs children can play worry-free? Let …

Guide to Special Needs Trusts

A special needs trust (sometimes called a supplemental needs trust) is designed to allow individuals with special needs to access additional funds without risking the loss of their government benefits.  Many people with special needs face numerous expenses due to their disability or impairment. At the same time, these individuals also often rely on government benefits such as Medicaid benefits …

Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Families and Teachers

When a large-scale tragedy occurs, it can cause strong and deeply felt reactions in adults and children. How adults express their emotions will influence the reactions of children and youth. Caregivers can help youngsters manage their feelings by modeling healthy coping strategies and closely monitoring their own emotional state and that of those in their care. Read more.

How to manage anxiety during a pandemic

Anxiety is so idiosyncratic that it’s difficult to pinpoint a “type” that’s most common. For some, it might feel like vines of dread roping themselves around you the night before a big work deadline, or maybe like a creeping cloud of unease that settles in during your morning commute. Maybe you cope by taking prescribed medication or going for a …

A Helpful Online Safety Guide for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders

People from all walks of life and all kinds of backgrounds fall victim to online bullying and cybercrime, but studies have shown that those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more susceptible to online threats than others. Not only are ASD children and adults at risk from others, but they can also develop compulsive online habits and internet addictions, and can be more …

Do You Need Disability Insurance?

Think for a moment about what would happen if you were injured or ill and couldn’t work. Would your savings plus any spousal income plus any payments you were able to get from Social Security Disability Income ($1,111 a month in 2012 on average) be enough to live on until Social Security and any other retirement benefits kick in? If not, you …

Requirements for Long Term Disability

If your employer offers you long-term disability (LTD) coverage as part of a benefits package, or if you’ve purchased an individual policy on your own, you may be eligible to continue receiving most of your salary in the event you become unable to work. A person filing an LTD claim has a number of hurdles to clear, however, before benefits …