Deanne Fitzmaurice, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, shadowed 10 families living throughout California - from rural farms to large urban centers to the suburbs surrounding Silicon Valley - who provide care for their children with special needs every day and every night.
Researchers created the Pediatric Integrated Care Survey, a validated tool that measures a family's experience with the integration of health care and related services for children and youth with special health care needs.
The mother of an adult son with autism reflects on the North Miami police shooting of a therapist who was trying to help a young man with autism. Law enforcement officers must be trained to protect the entire population, she says.
What does it take to create and implement an effective, family-centered plan of care for a child with special health care needs? Two expert speakers discussed their approaches to the process of care planning in two very different settings—Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a small private practice in Vermont.
Diane Stonecipher’s son, now 24, is blind, quadriplegic, profoundly delayed, and has been in hospice twice. Yet he doesn’t qualify for nursing care at home. Stonecipher, herself a nurse, says it’s time to train a new kind of workforce for in-home and residential care.
On September 21, ABC will premiere its new sitcom, Speechless, about a family with a child who has special needs. The show stars Micah Fowler, a young actor who in real life and in the show has cerebral palsy, and Minnie Driver, who plays the mother of Fowler’s character, JJ. We talked to Melvin Mar, one of the show’s executive producers, to get a behind-the-scenes look at Speechless.
In 2014 and 2015, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs conducted a survey about family engagement policies and practices in federally funded Title V maternal and child health programs and programs for children and youth with special health care needs. The findings provide a snapshot of strategies to support meaningful family engagement, effective and innovative practices, and areas of need for improvement and technical assistance.
The lives of children with chronic or complex medical conditions often are complicated by psychosocial issues and family problems such as poverty, poor parental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness. This webinar highlighted advances in research and practice that aim to improve the well-being and health outcomes of these children with "social complexity" while reducing costs.