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Special Needs Planning

By on Apr 8, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Special Needs Planning by Charlie Weisinger, Weisinger Law Firm If you have a child or family member who has special needs, it is crucial that you take action to ensure that they will be properly cared for and fully protected — regardless of what happens to you.   Using the traditional methods of leaving gifts or assets to an individual with special needs can actually cause unintentional harm — it could disqualify them from much-needed government benefits and it may even put them at risk of being exploited.   Fortunately, there are estate planning answers available. An experienced San Antonio special needs lawyer can help you use the appropriate legal tools to ensure that your loved one is protected.   Know the Importance of Guardianships and Special Needs Trusts   When planning for the care of special needs children or vulnerable family members, there are two key issues that must be addressed: guardianship and a special needs trust. Setting up a guardianship is appropriate for those who do not have the capability to make their own legal, financial, or medical decisions. By setting it up well in advance, you can be sure that your loved one will be protected.   A special needs trust is an important estate planning tool that every family in this situation must consider. Through this trust, you give an individual with special needs access to assets — without disqualifying them for Medicaid and Social Security Benefits. As noted by the Social Security Administration (SSA), an individual must not have countable resources greater than $2,000 to be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Assets left through a special needs trust are not counted as part of this total — you can use it to offer financial support without risking your loved one’s benefits.   We Understand the Unique Challenges Facing the Special Needs Community   Our founder and lead attorney Charles J. Weisinger has previously discussed his personal experience with and commitment to serving the special needs community. Helping families who have loved ones with special needs matters to us.   If you have a child or family member with special needs, we can help you protect them. For a free, fully confidential legal guidance, please do not hesitate to contact Weisinger Law Firm, we are here to help. Call 210-308-0800...

World Autism Awareness Day

By on Apr 1, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The twelfth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2019. Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, light blue in recognition of people living with autism. Autism-friendly events and educational ctivities take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide...

I am Bored I have nothing to do!

By on Dec 13, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How often has your child said, “I am bored, I have nothing to do.” There is so much new technology available for our children today to educate, communicate and entertain. But sometimes they just need another activity to break the monotony and do something different. Most often they want to spend time with you. Below are some suggestions of fun activities you can do at home with items you already have on hand. One of my favorites is to build a fort, take some old sheets, blankets, pillows and lay them over several chairs, you and your child can sit or lie underneath and let your imagination take over. You can get a flash light for additional lighting. Your child can bring their favorite stuffed animal into their fort and you can read a story, talk about the characters, laugh and enjoy your time together. This activity is fun for the whole family and you can adapt it to your child’s ability. Have a scavenger hunt, take some items from around the house ie. a stuffed animal, a bright colored ball, a squeaky toy, doll or action figure, items from the kitchen are fun, a spatula, bright colored bowl, the choices are endless. Make a list of the items, hide the items (make sure to consider the age and ability of your child to reach the treasures they find).  Depending on your child’s age let them take the list and go around looking for the items. You can take the list around and read off the items for them. At the end of your scavenger hunt have a special treat such as a favorite snack. Pull out paper, crayons, pencils whatever you have around the house, sit down and draw or color pictures with your child. Coloring can be very therapeutic and relaxing. Don’t worry about what they draw or staying in the lines just enjoy the time you are spending together. I hope these suggestions will inspire you with ideas of, your own. Just remember, the cost is zero, the time with your child is...

Goodnight, Soon?

By on Nov 7, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Navigating bedtime and establishing healthy sleep habits for your children can be tricky. But if your child is not getting enough sleep, there can be negative outcomes. According to a report done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children and adolescents who do not get the recommended amount of sleep for their age are at increased risk for chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and poor mental health, as well as injuries, attention and behavioral problems, and poor academic performance. Bedtime basics are key to ensuring your child gets the right amount and best sleep for their overall health. How much sleep does my child need? As children grow, their sleep patterns and sleep needs will probably change. Each child will have individual factors that determine the average time they sleep. By observing your child’s sleep patterns, you can better ensure they are getting the good quality sleep they need. Here are a few guidelines to consider*: Age Recommended sleep time 4 – 12 months 12 to 16 hours (including naps) 1-2 years 11 to 14 hours (including naps) 3-5 years 10 to 13 hours (including naps) 6-12 years 9 to 12 hours 13-18 years 8 to 10 hours *The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a State of Endorsement supporting these guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). How do I know if my child is getting enough sleep? Healthy sleep is vital to your child’s growth and development. Without proper rest, children are more susceptible to physical, mental and emotional problems including: • Hyperactivity • Drowsiness during the day • Struggling in school • Night terrors/sleepwalking • Anxiety about being separated from you at night • Mood swings • Irritability and confusion As your child gets older, be aware that the signs and symptoms of lack of sleep may change. Talk to your child’s doctor if you suspect some of these changes may be linked to their lack of sleep. What can I do to help my child go to sleep and stay asleep? If your child is struggling with their sleep, some simple life adjustments can make a world of difference including: • Follow a consistent daily and bedtime routine. • Spend one-on-one time with your child before bed doing quiet activities to help calm and reassure them such as reading. • Monitor screen time throughout the day and limit/remove screens before bedtime. • Avoid giving foods and drinks with stimulants, such as caffeine or sugar, to your child. What are other reasons why my child can’t sleep? Sleep can be affected by emotional, mental or physical issues. Diagnosing and treating sleep problems in children can be a complex and long process. Conditions such as bedwetting, restless leg syndrome, night terrors and even sleep apnea can wreak havoc on your child’s sleep, so it is important to identify how to overcome them. If you find that your child is having trouble sleeping beyond practical solutions, discuss your child’s sleep problems and habits with their pediatrician. Most sleep problems are easily treated and can be improved with close monitoring. University Health System Children’s Health offers comprehensive pediatric services, from primary care to advanced specialized care. The Pediatric Sleep Lab provides a variety of services and treatment options to children suffering from sleep problems or...

TIME Magazine Names Morgan’s Inspiration Island to World’s Greatest Places List

By on Aug 31, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Aug. 23, 2018 SAN ANTONIO – Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible™ splash park, has been named to TIME Magazine’s first annual World’s Greatest Places list that’s now online at www.time.com/greatestplaces and also scheduled to appear in print on newsstands Aug. 24. “We’re truly gratified to receive this international recognition from such a well-known publication as TIME,” said Ron Morander, general manager of Morgan’s Inspiration Island and unique Morgan’s Wonderland theme park.  “It’s wonderful that TIME understands our emphasis on inclusion, bringing together those with and without special needs in a safe, colorful, barrier-free environment to have fun and, in so doing, to gain a better understand of each other.” To create the list, TIME solicited nominations across a variety of categories – including museums, parks, restaurants and hotels – from TIME editors and correspondents around the world, as well as dozens of industry experts.  TIME evaluated each one based on key factors such as quality, originality, innovation, sustainability and influence.  The result is a list spanning six continents and 48 countries. Morgan’s Inspiration Island and its revolutionary waterproof wheelchairs also won the 2017 Leading Edge Award from the World Waterpark Association.  Earlier this year, Morgan’s Inspiration Island and Morgan’s Wonderland jointly received the Paralyzed Veterans of America Barrier-Free America Award.  And, for the seventh consecutive year, Morgan’s Wonderland has earned a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, for “earning exceptional traveler ratings.” Morander noted that both non-profit Morgan’s Inspiration Island and Morgan’s Wonderland were designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment, and every person with a physical or cognitive special need is admitted free of charge. Morgan’s Wonderland, offering more than 25 wheelchair-accessible rides, playscapes and other attractions, will be open primarily on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the year.  Meanwhile, Morgan’s Inspiration Island will operate on weekends through Sept. 16, then reopen next spring when warm weather returns.  For the latest information on operating schedules, admissions and special events, visit www.MorgansWonderland.com. Tropically-themed Morgan’s Inspiration Island offers five major splash pads, the River Boat Adventure ride and support facilities such as the Wheelchair Valet, where guests can transfer out of their personal wheelchairs into waterproof wheelchairs for maximum aquatic fun. Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Inspiration Island are located at 5223 David Edwards Drive in Northeast San Antonio a half-mile west of IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks. For More Information: Bob McCullough, APR, (210) 637-3418 or...