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Facts about  Spina Bifida

**Please scroll down to Resources on this page and view "VIDEO: Focus on Spina Bifida Adoption"** In addition, please see our special need description of Meningocele (a very common and minor form of Spina Bifida) also. Spina Bifida is a very scary diagnosis to hear when considering adoption. Spina bifida occurs in various forms of severity. Please read that last sentence again, because it is important. In many cases, a child will be described as having "repaired spina bifida". This could mean that the child had a very minor defect that has been fully corrected. It is important to obtain as much medical information as possible, as the child could now be very healthy, or it may be that the child has a more severe form that will require further treatment and adaptations.

Challenges
Parents of children with spina bifida receive support from a medical team that may include several doctors (such as neurosurgeons, urologists, orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation specialists, and general pediatricians), a nurse practitioner, physical and occupational therapists, and a social worker. The goal is to create a lifestyle for the child and family in which the disability interferes as little as possible with normal everyday activities.
Treatment
When treatment for spina bifida is necessary, it's done through surgery, although such treatment doesn't always completely resolve the problem. In its most mild form, Spina Bifida is a nearly invisible special need. In it's most severe form, a child may have paralysis in some degree and bowel/bladder problems.
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Articles On Spina Bifida
Our Son, Our Hero
Diagnosed with spina bifida, this little boy always reaches for the stars
Nothing Can Keep Us Down!
Three babies in need of families tell us about themselves
Health & Development Issues in Newly Adopted Children
Dr. Jane Aronson shares with families what to have evaluated their newly adopted child
Adopting a Special Needs Child...Is It For You?
When considering a special needs child, there are a few important questions to ask yourself...
Attachment and the Special Needs Child
Meeting the needs of institutionalized and special needs children after adoption.
Homeschool: Another Learning Environment for Special Children
How home education can help the adopted child
Featured Waiting Child: I'm Vee!
A little boy make gains every day in every way
Changing Trends in International Adoption
One year post-hague
Adopting the International Child with Special Needs
Over 30 years of evaluating special needs children gives author, Teri Bell, a special insight into what parents need to be aware of.
This is My Story: Living with Hydrocephalus
Hannah, age 10, was Adopted from China
Colombia's Children Need You
Waiting for Adoption in Colombia
And Then We Found Kimi
Adopting a 4-year-old with Spina Bifida
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Shriner's Hospital: Free Medical Care for SN Children
VIDEO: Focus on Spina Bifida Adoption
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