Autism Awareness, Caregivers of the Special Needs Community

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Today, April 1, marks the beginning of Autism Awareness Month and we would like to focus on the millions of caregivers and the families of the special needs community.

FamilyAffaires.com Contributor, Dr. Dan Gottlieb discusses with FamilyAffaires.com Community Advocate Roseann Vanella the importance of recognizing these caregivers and focusing on what they go through both spiritually and emotionally.

Caregivers are so focused on caring for their loved one that they’re needs, hopes and dreams are pushed off in the the distance.  Caregivers need to understand and recognize that they too need care and need to acknowledge their feelings, no matter what they might be.

Dr. Dan also discusses the feelings that siblings of special needs may have and how parents can help them too without having feelings of guilt.

During this month of Autism Awareness, we at FamilyAffaires.com would like to ask our community to bring awareness to Autism and also bring awareness to the many caregivers that support not only this community but the entire community of special needs.

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About Dan Gottlieb

Dr. Dan Gottlieb has been practicing psychology since 1969.Since 1985, Daniel Gottlieb has been hosting “Voices in the Family,” an award-winning mental health call-in radio show aired on WHYY 90.9 FM, Philadelphia’s local public radio station. He has also previously published a total of four books. His most recent, “The Wisdom of Sam: Observations on Life from an Uncommon Child,”. In it, Dan tells of some of the remarkable insights shared by his grandson Sam who is on the autism spectrum. All of his royalties are donated to children’s charities. Dan is also a contributor to the Dana & Christopher Reeves Foundation.

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