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Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast


Aug 25, 2020

In this episode of Parenting Impossible, host Annette Hines discusses meaningful communication with guest Randi Sargent. Randi created the website SayitwithSymbols.com, the only source dedicated to taking the guesswork out of caring for adults with cognitive/communication challenges by using easy-to-use, picture-based communication aids designed specifically for adult caregiving.

Randi was inspired to start SayitwithSymbols.com after the birth of her son who was born with severe communication and intellectual disabilities. Despite years of specialized programs, Randi’s son never developed the ability to speak, read, write or walk independently.

Today, she has created products that have been uniquely designed to be functional for adults based on best practices supported by academic research. Randi’s products have been field tested and improved by caregivers trying to communicate with their loved ones who cannot speak.

Host Annette Hines has been practicing in the areas of Special Needs, Elder Law, and Estate Planning for more than 20 years. Ms. Hines brings personal experience with special needs to her practice and podcasts as the mother of two daughters, one of whom passed away from Mitochondrial disease in November 2013. This deep, personal understanding of special needs fuels her passion for quality special needs planning and drives her dedication to help others within the special needs community.