In this episode of Parenting Impossible, Annette interviews longtime friend and licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Kate Morrison. Kate specializes in working with families, children, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, and Developmental Disabilities.

Annette and Kate begin their conversation with the challenges people in the special needs community have faced during the COVID-19 quarantine. Kate shares a story about a young man who had to be isolated in his room at a residential facility after he tested positive for coronavirus. These types of situations are opening new discussions about the most effective ways to provide care moving forward.

Later, Kate gives her thoughts about how some facilities and schools have incorporated virtual programming. The quarantine has forced caregivers, teachers, and staff to find new ways to incorporate exercise and music programs into their daily routines.

Finally, Kate shares some key tips for navigating uncertain times like a pandemic or sudden emergency. She suggests having a good short term plan in place that includes a list of essential daily items and routines your loved one depends upon. Second, make sure you’re starting a longterm plan that includes having the appropriate documents in place. Finally, give yourself a break. Take it one day at a time and never expect perfection. 

Annette Hines has been practicing in the areas of Special Needs, Elder Law, and Estate Planning for more than 20 years. Ms. Hines brings personal experience with special needs to her practice and podcasts as the mother of two daughters, one of whom passed away from Mitochondrial disease in November 2013. This deep personal understanding of special needs fuels her passion for quality special needs planning and drives her dedication to help others within the special needs community.