Helping families with special needs kids

Parents of children with special needs will be able to take part in free services for the entire month of June at The Mindfulness Center in Bethesda, Maryland. 

The free services, in honor of Father’s Day, will include massage, meditation, acupuncture, reiki and more.

On its website, the center states: “the increased demand on parents of children with disabilities can cause stress, tension, financial burdens and feelings of helplessness.” The free services are meant to provide some relief to parents, who in turn may better support their loved ones.

The center offered the same free services in May, for Mother’s Day.

To read more about families and special needs, read these stories on

The Family ADHD Solution: Mark Bertin, M.D., discusses how mindfulness can be a useful tool for both parent and child when dealing with issues surrounding ADHD.

Rollie’s Vision: As Tom Preble drives a noisy school bus to its destination, he befriends a nine-year-old blind boy named Rollie. Over time, the pair come to help each other better appreciate the world around them.

Only the Lonely: When Meg Federico helped start up a program for lonely older people and their caregivers, she didn’t know what she was getting into: a goofy, loving atmosphere where people come to life and living in the present is the only option.