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(p. 325) The Special Needs Child After Separation or Divorce: Involving Both Parents in Treatment and Intervention Planning 

(p. 325) The Special Needs Child After Separation or Divorce: Involving Both Parents in Treatment and Intervention Planning
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(p. 325) The Special Needs Child After Separation or Divorce: Involving Both Parents in Treatment and Intervention Planning
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Daniel B. Pickar

, and Robert L. Kaufman

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190693237.003.0013
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date: 18 August 2019

Separated and divorced families in which there is a special needs child (SNC) pose unique challenges for parents and the family law professionals who are attempting to assist them. Special needs is an umbrella term that includes a variety of at least moderate to severe neurodevelopmental, medical, and psychiatric disorders. In these families, parents frequently need assistance developing specialized skills to implement intervention plans and support healthy growth of the SNC. Keeping both parents involved with the child as well as timely delivery of services can be especially difficult. Family law professionals, in particular, need to understand that commonly recommended developmentally based parenting plans may be inappropriate for many SNCs. This chapter discusses application of the risk assessment model developed by the authors to inform parenting and intervention plans that benefit SNCs and improve coparenting relationship and effective family decision-making.

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