Helping Children and their Families as they navigate the education and healthcare systems.
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Blog 1, Fall 2011

Welcome to my blog. Some of you already know me, through different venues. If we have met, the common thread is that we've talked about a topic near and dear to you ... your child. Some of us haven't met but I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your child and how I can help.

Parents, educators, healthcare providers and other service providers refer to children with health issues as; Children with Special Healthcare Needs (CSHN), children with a chronic illness, children with complicated medical issues and medically fragile children. So, which is the correct way of explaining your child's medical issues to your child and the professionals who work with your child? I want to hear your experiences. Please email or call me.

Some illnesses are called invisible illnesses such as: Diabetes, Asthma, Kidney (Renal) Diseases, Seizure Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, Food Allergies, Celiac Disease and Cardiac Disorders. Some illnesses are called visible illnesses such as: Orthopedic diseases, Spinal Cord Injury, Head Trauma, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lupus. Now we know so much from the study of genetics and the many genetic disorders known today. There are degenerative diseases such as various Muscular Dystrophies and there are many Childhood Cancers such as; Leukemia and Solid Tumors. It is my belief that children with on-going medical issues continue to be underserved in the educational system and in certain areas of the healthcare system. Many children with a chronic or on-going medical illness are also academically challenged or have a learning disability. Where and how do these children and their families receive help?

Where does a parent find an expert on the commonalities of a chronic condition and the consultants to speak to about different issues? Where does a parent find on-going support for their child? Perhaps a parent needs help in the area of school, parent support groups, health entitlements, help for the siblings, other emotional or psychosocial areas, recreational programs or special summer camps. Parents who have adopted a child often find out that their child has a health issue or is challenged academically. For this reason, we have added children who are adopted to the group of children we serve.

I will post a blog entry on a topic related to children with health issues on a regular basis. Let me know what your specific area of interest is and I will write about it. Medical issues such as prematurity, genetic diseases and which chronic conditions are linked to academic challenges are all important areas for further discussion. Call or email me if you feel that I can help you. I look forward to meeting you or speaking to you.

Patty Weiner, or (212) 828-3927

Parent Testimonial

  • Dear Patty,
    Please accept my sincere thanks for all your help navigating the special education process.  Your guidance was instrumental in helping us get help for our son. You not only ensured that he received everything he needed right now, but helped my husband and me really understand the process so that we are able to advocate for him going forward.  You were so patient with both of us, always available, and took the time necessary for us to not only learn the process but also to help us understand our son better.  Your classroom observations were insightful to us and to the educators who work with him at school.  It’s hard for me to find the words to adequately express my thanks for your time and energy.  Your efforts dramatically changed his life (and our life) for the better. 

    Thank you.

    Janice and John McQuaid
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