As a parent, it is not easy to suddenly be dependent on the advice of others to raise your child. However, since there are so many treatment options, it can help to have the advice, experience and support of a team that you trust and who will be patient with you as you make decisions for your child. This team can consist of a variety of people: family members, friends, social workers, therapists, teachers, classroom aides and medical specialists.

It can be extremely helpful to speak with a professional to not only discuss your child’s challenges, but also to strategize and ensure that your own needs are being met.

Remember: you are the primary advocate and decision maker.

Jewish Community Services

At Jewish Community Services (JCS), there are a multitude of programs to assist children with special needs and other difficulties. These programs and services include: therapy to help children and families address emotional and behavioral issues; case management to help individuals and families identify and assess needs, determine eligibility for benefits, and access community services; Career Services, which assist individuals with obtaining and maintaining employment; and the Jewish Big Brother Big Sister program, which matches Jewish children and teens in need of mentoring are with community-based Jewish volunteers. JCS also partners with the Jewish Community Center (JCC) to provide recreational activities for individuals with special needs.

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