New expectations: Early intervention, building connections key for parents of special-needs babies

Nicole and Owen

Publication: Lowcountry Parent (Special needs series – Part 1)
Date: September 2015


Like any expectant first-time father, Stephen Popadich was already thinking about playing baseball and soccer with his son, teaching him to drive and attending his wedding.


“Naturally you have hopes and dreams for your children … expectations of what your child will be and do,” he said.


But when Nicole Popadich’s water broke six weeks early, the couple started on a journey that wasn’t anything like what they had expected. It’s been filled with both tough times and blessings. In many ways it’s more than they could have ever asked or imagined.



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