- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Books

• "Special Kids Need Special Parents; A Resource for Parents of Children With Special Needs," by Judith Loseff Lavin, Berkley Publishing Group, 2001. The author was thrust into the world of children's hospitals and special needs when her daughter was born with a cleft lip and palate. In this book, she discusses the emotional and practical challenges that parents of children with special needs face.

• "Changed by a Child: Companion Notes for Parents of a Child With a Disability," by Barbara Gill, Doubleday, 1998. The author provides brief passages about the challenges, grief and hope of parents who have a disabled child.

Associations

• Arlington's Parent to Parent group focuses on collaboration among families, therapists and educators for special-needs children. Address: Arlington County Parent Infant Education, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Suite 600B, Arlington, Va. 22201. Phone: 703/549-0259.

• Zero to Three is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1977 by developmental experts. It is dedicated to promoting the healthy development of babies and toddlers. Visitors to the Web site should navigate to "New Visions for Parents," which offers materials for parents who are concerned about their child's development. The section provides a parents' guide to understanding developmental assessment and guidelines to help make the process more productive and comfortable for everyone involved. Address: 2000 M St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202/638-1144. Web site: www.zerotothree.org.

• Easter Seals for more than 80 years has been providing services that help children and adults gain greater independence. Its primary services which include job training, inclusive child care, camping and recreation benefit more than 1 million families each year at 400 centers nationwide. Address: 230 W. Monroe St., Suite 1800, Chicago, Ill. 60606. Phone: 312/726-6200. Web site: www.easter-seals.org.

On line

• Special Needs Advocate for Parents (www.snapinfo.org), a nonprofit public-benefit organization, provides information and education through a comprehensive Web site and newsletter. The group was founded by Nadine Vogel, a mother of a special-needs child. Help includes special-needs estate planning, a directory of lawyers and advocacy and resolution of insurance problems.

• The Arc of the United States, formerly known as the Association for Retarded Citizens, has a Web site (www.thearc.org) that offers a smorgasbord of information for parents and friends of children and adults with special needs. The site includes a weekly bulletin about Capitol Hill, updates on news and resources from the Arc, conference information and parenting advice.

Referrals

If you believe your child is experiencing delayed development and you would like to seek guidance and assessment, call your child's pediatrician. Also call these state headquarters to learn the contact number for your county's early-intervention program:

• Virginia Babies Can't Wait: 800/234-1448.

• Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program: 800/535-0182.

• District of Columbia Early Intervention Office: 202/727-1839.


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