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Author Lionel Kauffman once said, “Children are a great comfort in your old age, and they help you reach it faster, too.” There’s no doubt that parenting can be stressful. What’s more, a recent study at the University of Wisconsin found that parents of children with disabilities face even more daily stress and are more susceptible to its effects, including long-range health problems.

Raising a child with special needs presents its own challenges. “Parents are often frustrated and anxious about dealing with specialists and treatments that they have never encountered before. They are putting their trust in professionals who they have no prior relationship with,” explains Frank J. Sileo, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center for Psychological Enhancement in Ridgewood. “Treatments and interventions take time, money, energy and lots of planning. Often the parent is juggling work, a marriage, a home, other siblings and the child with special needs.”

via Surviving Parenthood.

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