About Jolene

Jolene Philo's first child, Allen, was born with a life-threatening birth defect that required 7 surgeries from birth to age five. She taught students with special needs in a variety of settings during her 25 years in education. Her book, Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs was released by DHP in November of 2011. She also blogs about special needs at

Posts by Jolene

How to Create and Use a Caregiver’s Calendar

The second blog post in a series about organizational systems for caregivers, looks at ways to use a month-by-month calendar to better tame your time...

How to Create an Emergency Plan for Your Child with Special Needs

This post explains what caregivers should include in an emergency information packet, where to find forms, and how to update and distribute it....

4 Ways to Prevent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children

Childhood PTSD is a reality, but one that can often be prevented. This post reviews 4 strategies to prevent childhood trauma from developing into PTSD....