The Special Child
Children with special needs transcend the boundaries of the planning phases I mention above. These special children have varying diagnoses, ranging from mild learning disabilities to profound developmental disabilities, or certain issues that might delay advancement with their peers, and even children who suffer from mild to serious psychiatric problems.
Parents of these special children worry about the care and guidance that will be available after the parents are unable to care for them, either because the parents have themselves become disabled, have entered a nursing home or have died. Many of these special children are the recipients of disability income from different state and federal programs or may be eligible for such benefits, and planning is necessary to ensure that these benefits are not interrupted, while also providing additional assistance for their care.