Children and Teens Living with Paralysis
Any time a family member becomes paralyzed, your world turns upside down. A new set of stressors enter your life and the world as you knew it is changed. When this happens to your young child or teen, it can seem overwhelming. As a parent of a young child or teen with paralysis, you need to focus on a number of areas of your child's life.
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Kids with New Injury
This document breaks down frequently asked questions and provides resources. It is important to realize that your child's age will play a key role in what rehabilitation centers are available to them. Read more.
Health Care Coverage
Your health insurance will play a critical role in determining where your child can go for rehabilitation. In the early days post injury, it is important to contact your insurance and ask for a case manager based on your child's injury and future health care needs. Read more.
Books and Videos for Children and Teens
Helping children understand paralysis, wheelchairs and disability can be a difficult task. Children learn easily from books, videos and activities such as coloring. Teens may not want to ask an adult questions, but are more likely to search out answers via the web or books. Read more.
Resources for Teens Transitioning into Adulthood
If a child is 16 or older, their Individual Education Plan will include transition services that are intended to help them prepare to move from the world of school to adulthood. Read more.
There are a variety of educational programs to assist your child. Most fall under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Eligibility for these programs is based on the child's age and needs. IDEA is the major federal law that addresses the needs of children with disabilities. Read more.
Higher Education and Disability Services
We lend some perspective for those families who may be completing the process in the coming weeks, or who anticipate conducting a college search in the near future. Read more.