Many parents of a special needs child appear to parent with grace, balance, and energy. In addition, these parents seem remarkably stress-free and organized. How, in the face of all of these challenges and more, do they keep it together? What habits do they embrace that allow them to be a highly-effective parent for their special needs child? Habit 1: They are proactive and advocate for their child and educate others. This parent becomes an expert about their child and their child’s needs.