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If you were a parent of a child with special needs, what kind of needs would you, as a family, have? 

How does your child with disabilities cope with the emotional burden of those disabilities, or experience success in performance and relationship? A Positive Note through the Colorado Springs Conservatory is one program that helps children cope.

Failures around child protection policies are heartbreaking on a personal and organizational level because children get hurt.


You leave the doctor’s office more confused than when you walked in! You have more questions to ask, but your head is swimming. There is no way the doctor could be right—or could she? Being told that your child has a disability or developmental delay is hard news for any parent to take and involves a grieving process as well as tough decisions to make. Each child and his or her condition is unique; different disabilities take a different path. So what do you do now? How can you best help your child, whom you now know has special needs

As a parent of a special needs child, how do you best take care of the child’s financial needs? Brad Hallock, a partner at McAlpin Foster Advisors, works with parents to answer this question.

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is required by federal statute for students with special needs in order to understand what accommodation, modifications, special education support and educational goals a specific child needs. The IEP process can be tedious, yet if you are equipped with the proper tools, is a maze that can be navigated. PEAK Parent Center is the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) for the State of Colorado. It reports that the number one most-sought-after help is on the IEP for a child with disabilities.

PEAK Parent Center is the Colorado State “hub” for parents on current disability laws, resources and community providers. By federal law, each state has at least one Parent Training and Information Center (PTI), so parents of children with disabilities can receive good and accurate knowledge of the law for practical…

Our understanding of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) comes partly from statute and partly from case law. It brings parents both hope for what schools can provide for a child, and disappointment at the relatively low bar for education.

Elizabeth StrakaElizabeth Straka’s journey in becoming the leading speech pathology provider in Colorado Springs, and now Castle Rock was one of luck, as “Ms. Betsy” would put it.

Bullied KidBullying is inevitable. Whether it occurs in toddlerhood when children are learning to use “safe hands,” or when older adolescents engage in cyber-bullying, most children will hit an adversarial situation at some point in their young lives. Parents struggle to ensure that children are equipped with the proper tools to navigate a hostile world. But what if you are the mother or father of a special needs child? The atmosphere quickly changes and is even more frightening. 

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