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Identifying Resources available for Children with Multiple Sclerosis and their Families

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable disorder of the central nervous system. Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the body, through its immune system, launches a defensive attack against its own tissues and can range from relatively benign to somewhat disabling to devastating as contact between the brain and other parts of the body is disrupted. MS affects the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other effectively. The initial symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis are often blurred or double vision, poor contrast, eye pain, red-green color distortion, or even blindness in one eye. Most people
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Most people with MS experience their first symptoms and are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 50. There are many resources for children with MS and their families. There are a variety of programs for children with disabilities such as the New Horizon Center here in Illinois that offers free physical and speech therapy. Because pediatric MS is not very common, most teens and kids with MS don’t know another kid with MS. The Pediatric MS Center, together with the National MS Society, tries to provide different types of opportunities for kids to connect with each other. There are online discussion and email groups for teens to chat and help each other figure out how to live well with MS and how to deal with problems when they arise. There are also publications that can help children with MS. There’s a book called "Mighty Special Kids" that is a lively and entertaining publication which helps kids understand MS, treatments, suggests ways to talk to friends about having MS, family issues, and even includes some fun games. It is also available online in an interactive version: Mighty Special Kids Online. The group allows teens to "meet" other teens, share concerns and information, and develop a support network. “Teens Inside MS” is a publication for teens whose lives have been affected by MS. This means teens

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