Dina Alsaid of Richardson never imagined she’d be a pageant queen, and she certainly never thought she’d become an autism advocate. But the 37-year-old wears both titles proudly, along with the title of wife and mother of 2.
While the rare child care facility will accept a child with serious medical needs or behavioral challenges on a case-by-case basis, parents’ best bet is finding a program developed specifically to help kids and young adults with special needs flourish. To help you out, we’ve curated a list of local child care options designed to do just that.
Your kids require special care—and so do you, Mom. Happy Mama Retreat, an annual getaway just for moms of kids with special needs, gives you an excuse to relax, practice self-care and be in community with other women who understand your journey.
If your family vacations aren’t always smooth sailing, book an open-sea adventure with Autism on the Seas (AotS). The company collaborates with major cruise lines like Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean to offer worry-free vacations to kids and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other cognitive and developmental disabilities.