It often feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day when you’re caring for a child with special needs. It’s therefore very important to have a network of friends, family and care professionals to fall back on. 

Whether you need to contact a physical therapist about some special needs equipment or ask a close friend for help, these 10 apps will keep you in touch with the people who matter most.

1. Facebook

Facebook is a one-stop shop for managing your friendship and support network.

Not only does it allow you to message Facebook friends instantly, it can also keep you up to date with the latest news and developments on caring for children with special needs.

2. Instagram

Instagram is primarily a social media app with an emphasis on sharing photos.

You can also send instant messages and keep your friends and family updated on the kind of day you and your child are having.

3. Twitter

It’s relatively easy to set up a Twitter list in order to keep all of your close friends and caregivers in one place.

Direct messages can be sent when privacy is needed.

4. Snapchat

Snapchat is a photo and messaging app that is perfect for keeping friends and caregivers up to date on a child's progress with physical therapy.

5. Whatsapp Messenger

Whatsapp Messenger is a free text messaging service that makes group conversations and the sending of multimedia files quick and simple

6. Viber

Viber is a an instant messaging service that can be very useful if several health professionals are collaborating on the care of a child.

7. Skype

Skype is a video app that also features extensive instant messaging capabilities.

This is a great option if you ever want to send a live video feed of your child's progress to friends and health professionals.

8. KIK

KIK is a free instant messaging app that relies on Wi-Fi. Easy to set up, this is a great option for staying in touch if you want to keep communications about your child quick and simple.

9. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social network for professionals. This is a great platform for reaching out to other caregivers and physicians for support and advice.

You add “Connections” rather than “Friends,” but the process is very similar to other social media platforms out there.

10. TinyBlu

TinyBlu tells you when you last interacted with a friend, and what was discussed — helping you to manage your friends and support workers.

The ability to reach out for help or support is essential when caring for a child with special needs — and these 10 apps make staying in touch easier than ever.

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