Helping you live the joys and trials of raising a child with special needs
I’m Dr. Krysti DeZonia, Ed.D., BCBA-D, TERI’s Director of Education & Clinical Services. My son Jarred was born with multiple disabilities, so I know the challenges parents face (and the rewards they receive) when raising a child with special needs.
I have 45 years of experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. I also have a Master’s degree in Special Education with an Autism focus and a Doctoral degree in education. Helping people with special needs is my life work.
I’d like to share the things I’ve learned and implemented here at TERI and provide ideas that might be of help to you along the way.
Watch for my blogs here on the TERI website and on our Facebook page. Remember you’re not alone!
Now for my third tip!
Future Planning: Your child's future is in your hands
Unless your child can do it on their own, YOU need to make a plan to assure their happy future. Special needs trusts, letters of intent, and futures planning are all great and necessary, but they don’t take the place of a life quality plan. You need to think about each category of life (residential, friendships, recreation, etc.) and write out what you believe they need in these areas in order to be happy. If they are able, your child should help you. If this is too big a job to tackle, you can have someone do it for you. Contact TERI to learn more about Life Quality Plans.