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Pouring_moneyThe Wall Street Journal ran a terrific article on a problem we all face: juggling the costs associated with treating our kids.  Read the full article HERE.

On a recent drive home from a party, my wife, Amy, asked our soon-to-be 5-year-old daughter who she had played with. With tears in her eyes, our little girl responded that no one had played with her, because, as she told Amy, "they don't understand me."

That doesn't actually capture the real conversation. The words my daughter used weren't nearly so precise. That's because she has a speech disability that impairs her pronunciation. She understands everything she hears, and she always has the appropriate response. Her words, though, are often a challenge to understand.

Our daughter has been enrolled in speech therapy for awhile, but her therapist now wants to triple the number of sessions, which triples our expenses to nearly $1,000 a month, a big dent in our wallet. Our insurance provider won't pay, so all of this is out of our own pocket.

And that gets to the point of this week's column: the cost of a special-needs child.

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Costs

"And that gets to the point of this week's column: the cost of a special-needs child."

People usually talk about the cost of therapy. That apart, there is a bunch of stuff that my kid is on that is not covered by any kind of insurance and is needed to get his motor up and running.

Small example - Transfer Factor, 60 cap bottle is $50 approx. At 3 caps 2 times a day it lasts 10 days. We spend $150 a month on Transfer Factor alone.

I won't get into the rest but my son is on some 50 different supplements. These are necessary to get him to function or he regresses. Stuff like this we can't do without. This carnage has got to STOP. People are at some point going to revolt.

nhokkanen

I read Jeffrey D. Opdyke's WSJ column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and don't recall him mentioning his daughter's speech difficulties before. With 1 child in 5 using special education services, it's statistically plausible that many more journalists have children with special needs. I can understand one's desire to protect the family's privacy, but in this case it was useful for others with similar issues to hear the Opdykes' perspective. I hope they also explore some possible biomedical interventions, such as methylcobalamin (MB-12).

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