Learn how to build clear communication with your child’s doctors, from the very first appointment.
School is probably where your child will spend most of his time other than home. These tips can help school personnel feel like they are part of your team.
The IEP can seem complicated. Focusing on these four areas can help you understand it.
Learn strategies to prepare for your child’s Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meeting.
Understand accommodations and modifications in the public school system.
Advocating for a child with an “invisible” disability can present unique challenges. Here are some ways to overcome them.
Learn how to work with the professionals who can help your child, from a parent who has been there.
Learn how to build a circle of support for yourself, your family and your child.
As parents, we need to let our children with disabilities become more independent. A parent who’s been there offers advice.
If your child is receiving ECI services, you have options for her care and services once she turns 3.
Explore the options for how your child who is deaf or hard of hearing can learn to communicate with others.
Families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing can be a major resource for guidance and support. Learn how to connect with them.
Other families who have children with visual impairment, blindness or deafblindness can be a major resource for guidance and support. Learn how to connect with them.
Connecting with other parents can help you on your journey of raising a child with a disability.
Assembling books with information about your child can help the people in your life get to know him
Life is hard enough without a negative attitude slowing you down. A parent who has been there offers some advice to stay positive.
Read about possible troublesome behaviors of children with disabilities and strategies for dealing with them.
People can say insensitive things about your child with a disability. Here are some ways you can deal with it.
Learn about the state agency that licenses child care facilities and works to protect children from abuse and neglect.
Learn about this Texas program which provides services to children with extraordinary medical needs, disabilities, and chronic health conditions.
Learn about services children 3 through 5 can get through Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE).
Resources and information about programs and services for families with young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
A former principal offers advice to help support your child’s school or child care in making emergency plans.
Use this social sharing site to find and share quality information.
Use these tips and resources within the service system of Texas.
Learn about Texas HHSC’s health coverage, financial assistance, and food stamp services.
Learn about Texas DSHS programs that provide services for children in the areas of wellness, nutrition, mental health, and immunizations.
Learn what benefits this federal program offers for children with disabilities and their families, and how to apply for them.
Here’s what you need to know about getting in-home private therapy services for your child.
Learn how ECI will help you with the transition into ECSE.
Learn about the services Head Start provides for 3- to 5-year-old children with disabilities, and their families.
Having a sibling with a disability can be difficult for a child. Here are ways you can help.
Learn about and find help from HHS programs for children with visual impairment and hearing loss.
When your child needs help due to a medical issue, home health services may be the answer.
Learn how to find the right public school and what steps to take to enroll your child.
Learn how to find the right people to care for your child.
Learn strategies on how your family can have fun together.
An experienced parent points out that sometimes we are so busy helping our kids develop, we forget to let them develop on their own.
Learn how to organize your child’s medical information and why it’s so important.
Learn strategies for talking with your child’s doctor.
The IEP sets goals for your child to achieve during the school year. Learn how those goals are defined and measured.
Find resources for information about hearing loss
Learn how to find quality information online and save it so you can access it later.
There are some charter schools for preschool-aged children. They may be an option for you.
Learn tips for arranging to get Durable Medical Equipment for your child.
Learn about the “medical home” concept.
How a mom gained perspective and acceptance from her son, Will, and how you can, too.
Choosing the right learning environment is important to help your child get the most from ECSE.
No one wants to think about it, but it is imperative to make legal preparations in the event of a parent or caregiver’s death or disability.
A list of links to trustworthy Internet sources that can help you learn about your child’s disability.
A notebook to organize important information about your child can help you feel more confident and in control.
Learn about and how to obtain services offered by HHS. This article was previously titled DADS Medicaid Waiver Program. HHS now oversees the Medicaid Waiver Program. Changes were made to the text on this site. While the videos still reference DADS, the content is still relevant to the Medicaid Waiver Programs process.
If you are new to the world of disability, you may feel overwhelmed. This advice can help you start taking the first steps.
This Texas state agency provides critical services for children with disabilities. This article gives an overview of those services and links to more information.
Parents and caregivers who have been there list what every caregiver is entitled to.
Learn about person-centered planning and how the model can help your family.
An experienced parent gives advice on how to plan for a more positive life for you and your family, now and in the future.
Find resources to create emergency evacuation and shelter-in-place plans.
You and your family need to be ready to care for a child with a disability in case a primary caregiver has a medical emergency.
Get tips for creating successful playdates that help your child connect with peers.
One of the writers of this site shares how she has helped her child with a disability build friendships.
Find out if your child can attend prekindergarten (pre-k) and who to contact for this service.
After you refer your child for special education, an evaluation is the likely first step. Here’s what you need to know.
Understand the PLAAFP statement and its importance in special education.
Understand what it means when related services are recommended for your child in special education.
Learn how to get help from ECI Respite and other services that give caregivers a break from the stress of caring for a family member with a disability.
A list of programs, agencies and publications that provide useful information for families of children with visually impairment, blindness or deafblindness
Military families move a lot. These links and resources can help make it easier.
Get a host of links to resources
Learn tips for managing the challenges of being a caregiver, from a parent who has been there.
Read about services and programs for families in Texas who have children with visual impairment, blindness and deafblindness
See what the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) offers in addition to Medicaid Waiver Programs.
Learn the importance of speaking up for what your child needs, and get tips to help you do it.
You’ll hear lots of unique words and strings of letters used in the special education world. Here are some of the most common.
Learn how to request a special education evaluation for a child who is beginning or already in kindergarten, and how the process of getting services works.
An overview of what happens when you refer your child to be evaluated for special education services.
Learn some new ways to interact and have fun with your 3- to 5-year-old at home.
Learn how to find reliable information about your child’s specific needs.
Specialists at Education Service Centers (ESCs) across Texas can help parents understand and navigate the world of special education.
Learn how the Texas Workforce Commission can help parents of children with disabilities find work and child care.
This article, the first in a series, introduces the Four Stages of Adaptation model, and discusses Stage 1, Survival.
This article, the second in a series, continues exploring the Four Stages of Adaptation model with a discussion of Stage 2, Searching.
This article, the third in a series, continues exploring the Four Stages of Adaptation model with a discussion of Stage 3, Settling In.
This article, the fourth in a series, continues exploring the Four Stages of Adaptation model with a discussion of Stage 4, Separating.
Understand what is discussed during the ARD meeting.
Read about the difference between a doctor’s diagnosis and how a school determines disability categories.
A child’s diagnosis or disability affects the extended family, too. Here’s how you can help them adjust.
Moving your family can be difficult, but a little planning can make it easier.
Smooth transitions between learning environments lead to better outcomes for children. These ideas can help.
If you take care of someone else, it’s very important to take care of yourself, too. This advice can help.
A diagnosis of disability affects the whole family. Parents who work together see better outcomes for their children, and their marriages.
If you can’t find a parent support group that meets your needs, here are advice and tips to start your own.
Even the pros can find it challenging. These resources can make toilet training easier.
Here’s what you need to know to get your child with a disability enrolled in a new Texas school.
Understand your child’s transition from a preschool program to kindergarten.
Learn how to plan a smooth transition from home to ECSE.
Make a smooth transition after you and your child leave Early Head Start.
Ideas and resources to help understand what you hear from doctors and medical providers.
Parents whose child receives a diagnosis go through a different kind of grieving process. Understanding it can help you cope.
Learn how and why to record information about all aspects of your child’s development.