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Developmental Differences

We see you, parents of kids with special needs. Yours is not an easy road, but NPN has many resources to help you along, whether you’ve just received a diagnosis or you’re looking for further supports for your older child.

 

Our Developmental Differences Parent Support Group has been making parents and caregivers feel less alone for nearly 10 years. The group meets the third Wednesday of every month—see the NPN calendar to RSVP for the next meeting.

 

Also celebrating its 10th birthday, the annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair brings together therapy providers, schools and fun activities for kids with special needs. And our library of videos on developmental differences offers tips and strategies on everything from potty training to IEPs.

 

The best part: All of our developmental differences resources are free to members and non-members alike.

 

👉 New! Use our Developmental Differences Resource Directory to find doctors, schools, therapy providers and more.

 

Providers: Click here to participate in our Developmental Differences Resource Program.

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Discussions

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We are new to the ADHD med world and just started my child on 5mg of Adderall. Anyone know if side effects happen right away or if they take awhile to develop?  Yesterday seemed ok with some mild side effects but I'm wondering if we would know how it impacts her on day 1 or if they could come up as ...

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