PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of Connecticut is a network of families providing informational and emotional support to others who have a child with developmental or health related needs. PATH/FVCT reaches out to help strengthen families coping with similar situations in Connecticut, and the organizations that serve them to reduce isolation, empower families as advocates for their children and reaffirm their values as parents and caregivers.

Health Insurance and Natural Disasters


In this open enrollment season, with hurricane season still going and winter around the corner, would you know what to do about your health insurance in the wake of a natural disaster? The recent hurricanes on the East Coast and wildfires in California have many families of children and youth with special health care needs/disabilities wondering what we would do if we were in any of the disaster zones and in need of life saving medications or medical equipment that required health insurance coverage.

Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s blog: The Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) offers suggestions in answer to questions families might have regarding their marketplace health insurance. We have tweaked the information to make it specific to Connecticut and following will also apply to families who have private health insurance (health insurance purchased outside of the marketplace or provided by employer)


Discovering Dyslexia

by Marni McNiff

Dyslexia, an impairment in the brain’s ability to translate images received from the eyes and ears into understandable language, is one of the most common learning disabilities in the United States. The National Institutes of Health reports that 60–80% of people with learning disabilities have problems with reading and language skills.

The exact causes of dyslexia are still not known. The International Dyslexia Association’s website states, “the anatomical and brain imagery studies show differences in the way the brain of a dyslexic person develops and functions. Moreover, most people with dyslexia have been found to have problems with identifying the separate speech sounds within a word and/or learning how letters represent those sounds, a key factor in their reading difficulties. Dyslexia is not due to either lack of intelligence or desire to learn; with appropriate teaching methods, dyslexics can learn successfully.”


Overcoming Challenging Behaviors

By Carol Averbeck, Specialist
All parents find their child’s behavior challenging or confusing from time to time. For those of us with children who happen to have special health needs, this can be especially true. Communication differences, medications and their side effects, sensory differences or developmental delays can make understanding and managing challenging behaviors even more difficult.

Additionally, whether right or wrong, a parent can feel that their child’s behavior is a reflection on them as a parent. When our child is acting negatively, we may question our parenting skills or worry that our friends and family are judging us and our kids.  This adds even more stress to an already stressful situation.