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Pro: Extra Income
Kids cost money. And a kid with autism? You don't even want to know how expensive it can be. Individually, we don't make a whole lot of money to sustain our family, but together we make enough to get by and then some. And it's the then some that's worth it. I want to be able to buy Norrin a new toy or book just because. And I like taking him to fun places or out for a nice dinner.

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7 Pros and Cons of Being a Working Parent of a Special Needs Child

When my son Norrin was first diagnosed with autism, many people asked if I would quit working. I knew why they asked. At the time of diagnosis, Norrin was 2-years-old, he had the cognitive level of a 14-month-old and the language level of a 7-month-old. We were offered 15-20 hours a week of home based ABA therapy, 15 hours of center based therapy (a special needs preschool) and 3 hours of speech therapy. It was also suggested that Norrin be evaluated for occupational and physical therapy. As a working parent, how was I going to fit all of this into our day? How could I be part of his therapy? Making it all work is possible, but it has its ups and downs. Here are 7 pros and cons of being the working parent of a special needs child.

-By Lisa Quinones-Fontanez


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