Having a child with social, behavior or academic issues is a challenge. What can make it even more challenging, as a parent, is feeling like the blame lies on you for your child’s difficulties. It is not uncommon for parents of children with struggles to blame themselves for what their children go through, which can develop into a pattern of guilt, anxiety and hopelessness — especially when it seems like treatment or care isn’t helping.
Ashley Loth, of Sound Snap Photography knows Special Needs. She has a sibling with special needs along with growing up in a family who worked in the school system with families.
Jacob’s Chance RiverCity BuddyBall football and tennis season is here!
We Are in need of dedicated and passionate volunteers. Two hours Saturday mornings from October 7 until November and Sunday afternoon tennis for 2 hours.
Our passion and dedication is to bring athletics and social opportunities for Any and All special needs to communities that are missing this.
We as a society take for granted the opportunities typical youth and young adults are given. To search for age appropriate sports or social clubs for these kiddos is a simple search. This part of life can be a struggle for many families with special needs. Once the opportunities are found the parents begin the process of hoping there are volunteers so that they can take a hour break. This hour allows families to talk, network or simply relax.
Together we can do this!!!
Be a part of Special Needs awareness by Volunteering to MAKE a difference in the community.
MHP is pleased to offer our sixth annual Uncork Hope signature fundraiser hosted Friday, November 3, 2017 from 6:30-10:00pm at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. The evening will feature a live band, unlimited wine and beer bar, heavy hors d’ouevres, wine and whiskey wall, community engagement, compelling stories, and so much more! Last year’s event had over 300 people in attendance and was a rocking good time! The event expects to be a sell-out again this year, so please get your tickets while they last: medhomeplus.org/uncorkhopetickets
MHP is seeking corporate sponsors for the event as well as donations of bottles of wine and/or whiskey.
KNOWDifferent is THRILLED to be a sponsor this year, we are so incredibly excited to be behind all of the positive things MHP does each year!
Please see below for more details.
It’s hard to believe that only twenty years ago, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) was a developmental disability with which few people were familiar. A few decades ago, the incidence rate according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was estimated to be 1 in 2000. Now it is 1 in 68.
VPFW is offering a free mammogram for every day in October for women without health insurance on an individual basis, please call to schedule at either Prince George or West Creek.
Megan Blake has a special connection to the DSAGR’s Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival.
When Megan’s daughter, Katie, was born in 2006, she sought information and resources to help with the overwhelming feeling of having a child with Down syndrome. Through her search, she found the DSAGR (Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond) which, at that time, was small and consisted of a handful of families, monthly meetings, picnics and events to bring families together.
It is time to recognize our teachers! We are going to start a new feature where you get to submit your favorite teacher.
It is going to be simple and so fun! A great way to give our teachers some recognition. It can be any teacher, or anyone that has been instrumental in your child’s academic life; a speech therapist, OT, PT, Aide..
Child behavioral issues can be challenging and frustrating for the entire family. As a parent, you may notice that if you don’t maintain a strict daily structure, your child’s symptoms worsen and they become more difficult to manage. Regardless of whether your child has a diagnosis or not, consistency and structure are necessary components to healthy development.
In a rare and stunningly candid interview with the Telegraph (April 2017), Prince Harry spoke openly about his struggles with his mental health. His mother, Princess Diana of Wales, passed away when Harry was only 12 years old and he hadn’t talked about his loss in almost 20 years. Harry even avoided thinking about his mother, which caused him emotional turmoil for most of his life. After coming very close to breaking down with feeling unusually aggressive and anxious, he finally sought professional help with the encouragement from his brother, Prince William, among others.1