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Doctor insights on: Caring For A Special Needs Child

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I love special needs kids!...What doctors specialize in autistic & special needs a children?

Child Psychiatrists: The best overall education and training for special needs children is the route offered by the training curricula for child psychiatrists. It takes an interest in biological, psychological and socialogical components to get the wholistic picture of the challenges facing special needs children. Down's syndrome, autism, tbi, as well as the more typical psychiatric disorders have come through my door. ...Read more

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What's a special needs trust?

It is a trust fund: that is designed specifically for a person with special needs. ...Read more

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How do you find a support group for parents of a special needs child?

How do you find a support group for parents of a special needs child?

On line: Or through your hospital (especially if it is a children's hospital). Ask your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What special needs does a person with a mental illness have that a caregiver needs to address?

What special needs does a person with a mental illness have that a caregiver needs to address?

Diagnosis Dependant: Psychiatric disorders often manifest in different ways & can vary throughout time depending on the individual. It would be best to educate yourself on the illness the individual(s) you are caring for have been professionally diagnosed with. National alliance for the mentally ill (nami) & health care professionals for these individuals will be a good resource to gain insight into their needs. ...Read more

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Gifts for a child with cancer?

Gifts for a child with cancer?

Any gifts: Any gift that will make the child happy will be appreciated such as toys , games , books, flowers, music . Ask mom what he is fond of. ...Read more

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What are the discharged planning needs for a child with a fracture?

What are the discharged planning needs for a child with a  fracture?

Pediatric fracture : The discharge planning depends on the location of the fracture and the age of the patient. Is it upper or lower extremity, is a cast on the child, how much pain does the child have, are they any surgical wounds that have to be cared for. These are questions that your doctor can answer for you. ...Read more

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Who has the main responsibility to tell an adult daughter to see a psychiatrist for bipolar or other mental disorder? A mother or adult sister?

Who has the main responsibility to tell an adult daughter to see a psychiatrist for bipolar or other mental disorder? A mother or adult sister?

Anyone: It can often be hard to talk with others about mental health issues because it can be a sensitive topic. But, anyone close to an individual that has concerns about their well being should find a way to talk about it with them, particularly if there is a concern about their safety or well being. ...Read more

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Should a nursing home meet my needs as a caregiver?

Should a nursing home meet my needs as a caregiver?

They should try!: I beleive it is the desire of most every nursing home to try to meet the needs of the resident and those of the family and caregivers. If you are a caregaiver, you shold have a frank and open dialog with those in the nursing home who are caring for your loved one and also with the administration of the nh. Let them know your desires and needs and work openly, sincerely and genuinely to take the. ...Read more

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Help finding a child bootcamp for a threat to society?

Help finding a child bootcamp for a threat to society?

Seek evaluation: If the child has not had a good psychiatric/psychological evaluation and therapy efforts, then consider pursuing these. The child may have a treatable condition. Mental health personnel in your area may inform you of resources available to assist you and the child. ...Read more

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Someone once said every child needs a dog and a dad. Old-fashioned?

Someone once said every child needs a dog and a dad. Old-fashioned?

Good advice: Nothing is old fashioned (which tends to mean out of date and not helpful) that teaches us how to live. Dogs teach unconditional love, discipline (they need to be fed and walked) and the pure joy of a true friend. They teach compassion and understanding.Fathers and mothers offer stability, values, and teach us how to be productive adults. A father teaches a boy how to be a man. More.... ...Read more

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What are the adventages, if any, for bringing in a developmental-behavioral pediatrician specialist into a child's iep team?

What are the adventages, if any, for bringing in a developmental-behavioral pediatrician specialist into a child's iep team?

Answer questions: Adding a developmental pediatrician to the team may help answer questions or clarify why your child is having difficulty. ...Read more

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My child has a speech disorder, her school wants her in special olympics. Is that appropriate?

My child has a speech disorder, her school wants her in special olympics. Is that appropriate?

Hard to say.: How old is your child? Does she have any other developmental delays? Is her speech problem limiting her communication and ability to interact with other children? And, most important, does she wish to do Special Olympics? It can be a good way for her to meet other kids and compete in her own way, feeling accepted by others. Talk with her teacher or counselor for more info. ...Read more

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Is it appropriate for any health care provider (pneuropsychologist) to ask the patient if he/she had a sexual relationship with a specific person?

Is it appropriate for any health care provider (pneuropsychologist) to ask the patient if he/she had a sexual relationship with a specific person?

If it is context: Questions regarding sexuality, that may include perferencex, number of partners or whether risky behavior occurs are all appropriate questions in the right clinical context. When you Doctor is asking you questions, they are usually to help get a complete picture of the patient in order to anticipate medical problems that might arise or to assess risk facts that need addressed. ...Read more

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For what reason would it be important for a 17 year old to be treated by a pediatric oncologist / at a children's hospital?

For what reason would it be important for a 17 year old to be treated by a pediatric oncologist / at a children's hospital?

Pediatric cancer: If the patient has a typical pediatric cancer, then treatment by a pediatric oncologist at a children's hospital would be warranted. ...Read more

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Does a mother who sexually abused child needs to seek professional counseling?

Does a mother who sexually abused child needs to seek professional counseling?

Quite possibly: Some parents of children who have been sexually abused have felt overwhelming guilt and self-blame that they could not protect their child. Also, a child being sexually abused is more than enough to traumatize the parent. Any of these feelings and others can be worked through safely with a trusted psychologist/therapist. ...Read more

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RCFE resident under hospice supervision for over a year. Needs to be in a SNF but conservator refuses. Reasons?

RCFE resident under hospice supervision for over a year.  Needs to be in a SNF but conservator refuses.  Reasons?

I am concerned : Please have Hospice social worker talk to conservator and get to understand the conservator's point of view and if the medical team feels that patient's care is compromised in RCFE, try if there are other support be offered through Hospice to keep him/her in the same surrounding. ...Read more

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As a parent of a child in special education, what kinds of questions should I ask my child's doctor?

As a parent of a child in special education, what kinds of questions should I ask my child's doctor?

Ask for referral to : a developmental/behavioral pediatrician to understand if your child has Intellectual Disability +/- Autistic Spectrum Disorder, CP, vision/hearing impairments or Specific Learning Disorders. After a history, school MDT results, physical & neurodevelopmental exams, the DBPede may evaluate for genetic & other medical causes & refer to a child (neuro)psychologist for standardized tests. ...Read more