Family Stories

Cristina and Atlas

Every Day Is a Miracle

Mom finds help from ‘the Google for families of kids with special needs.’

Raising Special Kids Is Always There

We know who to call if we are feeling overwhelmed, and know that RSK not only understands logically how to help us (which is obviously…
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Getting Down to Business

“For us to go into a court of law and say that Julia is incompetent to decide if she wants to get married or have…
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Learning to Advocate Effectively

“It was amazing. I didn’t understand Becca’s Individualized Education Plan or the special education process. We reviewed Becca’s IEP and it really helped me understand…
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It’s A Good Time To Have Dyslexia

When Cole was first diagnosed, she contacted Raising Special Kids for help in understanding educational services, the IEP process, and how to effectively advocate for…
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​I Felt Like I Could Breathe Again!

“I could talk to someone who understood and was a few steps ahead of where we were. I now know just how important Raising Special…
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​Empowerment is Priceless!

For the first time I felt like I had someone to connect with. I have now had the benefit of this insight over the last…
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​Support Through the Journey

“I don’t know how the heck I survived,” Lynn said about receiving Zane’s diagnosis just after her daughter was born. Lynn recalled the relief she…
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Finding Encouragement and Hope

Kathy says she gained an understanding that she is not alone – others are going through similar challenges and finding encouragement and hope.
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​I Can Do This

“Like many parents, sometimes I wanted to deal head-on with an issue and other times I’d just want to bury my head in the sand.…

​I Was Searching for Resources

Though this dashing young man manages to dress for school very day like he just walked off the pages of … ​I Was Searching for…
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Anytime I Feel Lost I Call

Riley’s mom, Kristie, does not remember a time in his life when they did not rely on Raising Special Kids to help. Kristie first learned…
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Sharing the Same Frustrations and Joys

Ellen remembers being told not to worry during her son Jack’s 18-month-old checkup when she mentioned that her son was not using any words. After…
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Other Families Live This Too

A hospital social worker referred Sophia’s mother, Sharon, to Raising Special Kids. Sharon felt encouraged by “the reassurance that other families live this too.

We Had a Diagnosis but Nowhere to Go

After Louise and her husband received a diagnosis for their son, Robert, she felt unsure about what to do next. … We Had a Diagnosis…

​Samantha & Greyson

Samantha and her husband did not know their 7-month old son had swallowed a small toy. Nor were they prepared … ​Samantha & Greyson Read…

Nannette’s Family

Family Support Specialist, Nannette Salasek, has been helping families deal with challenges of raising children with special needs since she … Nannette’s Family Read More…

​Tory and Chris

Tory did not know what to do about her son’s difficulties at school. She knew Chris was smart, but each … ​Tory and Chris Read…

​Jaime and Emma

Emma was born healthy and had a happy infancy until the day she was rushed to the hospital with a … ​Jaime and Emma Read…

Karen’s Story

As a teacher, Karen Hinds had been referring families of her special education students to Raising Special Kids for years. … Karen’s Story Read More…

​Mark and Tricia

Mark and Tricia’s family started their journey of raising children with special needs when their youngest son was born with … ​Mark and Tricia Read…

Twila’s Story

After learning of her youngest child’s diagnosis, Twila set out to learn all she could about Cerebral Palsy and what … Twila’s Story Read More…

De and Andy

Like many busy moms raising children with special needs, De takes advantage of services on the internet to help keep … De and Andy Read…

Gabby and Josh

When Josh was 11, Gabby and her family moved from California leaving behind their support networks. While they were getting … Gabby and Josh Read…

​Katie and Jack

Katie remembers learning about Raising Special Kids when her son Jack was 2 years old from his DDD (Division of … ​Katie and Jack Read…
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​Elizabeth & Jackson

“It was hard at first, but we realized a known is better than an unknown. We started doing a ton of research.” The pediatrician gave…
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