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I am the mother of a three-year-old child who has been diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder. Although my child receives services and I know he’s getting help, I am really overwhelmed by all it requires from his father and me. Do other families go through the same experience?

Raising a child with a disability can be stressful for everyone in the family, and it can put considerable strain on family relationships. Sometimes it is helpful to be able to talk to other parents who have had similar experiences and who can share their insight.


Sharing Our Strengths (SOS) opens the door for mentoring opportunities between Missouri parents who are familiar with disability experiences and parents who are unfamiliar with the stresses and joys that come with parenting a child with a disability. SOS also offers similar mentoring opportunities between professionals, grandparents, and individuals with developmental disabilities. To learn more about SOS call

800-773-8652 or visit their website at



Michelle Reynolds, Director of the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City






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