Resources for Families with Special Needs

Take me to the Special Needs

We're so excited to present the 2022 edition of Flourishing Families, San Diego and Imperial Counties' resource guide for parents of children with special needs.

This year's one-of-a-kind guide contains 1,300+ resources including service providers, research institutes, specialized doctors, resource providers, camps, therapists, advocates, associations and so much more.

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Support Business Owners with Disabilities

Support Business Owners with Disabilities

Support business owners with disabilities by purchasing products and services from our list of ShopABLE vendors. Doing so helps these individuals to achieve independence and self-reliance, and encou . . .

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San Diego Father/Son Team Creates Lights that Delight!

San Diego Father/Son Team Creates Lights that Delight!

When you speak with Randy Schimka, Engineer at SDG&E and father of two boys with Autism, you immediately know two things: he is a committed dad; and he really, really enjoys electronics. Randy is . . .

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Make the Holidays Manageable for Children with Special Needs

Make the Holidays Manageable for Children with Special Needs

Holidays provide your family with a break from the ordinary, time spent with extended family and friends, and also a chance to reinforce traditions. However, jammed schedules and unpredictable routi . . .

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How to Reduce Holiday Stress for Families of Children with Autism

How to Reduce Holiday Stress for Families of Children with Autism

Holidays can be stressful and over-stimulating for anyone, but particularly for children with autism. We have pro tips from experts, such as when opening gifts as a family, try passing around an orn . . .

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Especially Sleepy: Better Sleep for Children with Special Needs

Especially Sleepy: Better Sleep for Children with Special Needs

Many children with special needs also face significant sleep challenges, a draining double-whammy that leaves millions of parents and children exhausted. The National Association of School Psychologis . . .

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How to Support Siblings of Children With Special Needs

How to Support Siblings of Children With Special Needs

Gionna Paulin, 14, is like many teen girls—she likes volleyball, track and field, pop star Nick Jonas and walking her dog, Rocco. However, unlike her peers, she also knows what it means to be “t . . .

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Challenges and Benefits of Having a Sibling with Special Needs

Challenges and Benefits of Having a Sibling with Special Needs

Having a sibling with special needs is a unique experience that provides both challenges and benefits. The feelings that arise in children are often complicated. The love, appreciation and compassio . . .

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5 Things to Know About Parents of Children with Special Needs

5 Things to Know About Parents of Children with Special Needs

My husband and I adopted our daughter when she was nine years old. She has a long list of mental health diagnoses. We quickly discovered that parenting a child with special needs results in the whol . . .

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Understanding Dyslexia

Understanding Dyslexia

What Is Dyslexia?Some authorities believe that it is strictly a language-processing problem involving the distinguishing of sounds of letters. Others believe that it is a visual/perceptual problem, . . .

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Self-Care Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Self-Care Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Self-Care Tips for Parents of Children with Special NeedsParenting a child with special needs can wear a parent to the bone. I know; I parent several kiddos with special needs. As a mom I’ve found . . .

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