What would happen to your special needs child if you were hospitalized for a week? What would happen if you died unexpectedly? If these questions fill you with terror, you need this workshop.
Parenting a special needs child means being indispensable, always available, willing to do anything your child needs no matter how tired you are or how messy or icky the task is.
Parenting a special needs child means knowing a million things about their condition, their doctors, how to get them to take medicine and how to calm them when they get out of control.
Parenting a special needs child means you can never die – but you will, and even though you know someone else will have to take care of your child sooner or later, you have no idea how that can possibly happen.
What you possess, as the parent of a special needs child, is two important things – information, and love. To prepare your child for a transition to another caregiver, you have to be able to pass on all the valuable and necessary information you have about your child. And while you can’t just pass on love, you can make sure that there are people who love your child still in their life, and you can make sure that your own love continues to influence how your child is cared for.
You may have been told by others, maybe at a workshop of support group, maybe by your attorney when you set up a special needs trust, that you need to write a letter of intent, or a transition manual, or something that sets out the information you have about your child. You might even have a workbook or instructions on exactly how to do it.
But I’m guessing you haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Maybe you don’t have time.
Maybe the thought of it overwhelms you.
Maybe you’re not sure what to say.
For whatever reason, you have put off doing this very important thing. You have put off making sure that you are NOT the only one who knows how to take care of your child. And by doing that, you have made sure that if something happens to you, if you can’t be there for your child, things will be harder than they need to be for your child – and for everyone else.
I talk to all my legal clients about writing this transition manual. I also know that most of my clients have never done it.
It’s hard. It’s scary.
It brings up a lot of emotions when you sit down to think about someone other than you taking care of your child. But it will almost certainly happen at some point, and preparing that person is as important as taking your child to their medical appointments. You wouldn’t leave your child with a babysitter for an evening without leaving instructions, so why would you leave your child for the rest of their life with no instructions?
I want you to set aside time to do this, but I know it’s hard to find time and I know its hard to even know where to start when you do try to do it.
So I’ve put together a workshop that will take you through each of the important areas you need to deal with and show you exactly what to include and how to create your transition manual. You can move at your own pace, as your own schedule allows, through this six part workshop step by step, in small, manageable bits, and at the end you will know that you have taken this final parenting step that your child so desperately needs from you.
The workshop will lead you through collecting and compiling important information such as family history, medical history, important papers and financial information, as well as guiding you through exercises that allow you to set priorities and values for future caregivers.
You can log in and work on it whenever you have time, but I really really want everyone who signs up for the workshop to have a finished transition manual within a reasonable period of time.
After all, the whole reason I created this was to solve the problem of people putting off this task.
I want you all to have good, usable material ready to make sure your special little guy or gal is well cared for if something happens to you. So I’ve built in an incentive – if you meet the milestone I’ve built into the workshop, I’ll send you a $25 gift card as a reward for getting this hard but oh so important task done.
Yes, you read that correctly - if you complete the workshop and complete the project, you get part of your money back!
I really, really, really want you to do this work. You will feel better once you've done it, and your child will be better off when the time for transition comes.
The signup cost for the workshop is $62. BUT if you complete the workshop and your manual within two months of your start date, you'll get a gift card for $25. That makes your actual cost for the workshop just $37 - if you do the work.