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Helping families with special needs children turn hope into action

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Turning hope into action-- that was the message for families with special needs children Wednesday.

More than 300 people showed up to the Hilton in Burlington for the annual Vermont Family Network conference. Almost 40 exhibitors were on hand with resources for families, with workshops on topics ranging from bullying in schools to health care reform. Speakers encouraged families to keep hope in the face of adversity.

"When we hope what we do is we draw on our past. We think about what we've experienced before and the suffering we've had and the difficulty we've had and we try to take those experiences and those stories and we bring those into the present and help get us through rough times and keep us afloat," said Laura Basili, a clinical psychologist.

Basili recommends families that are struggling with adversity to find hopeful stories on the news to share and to keep a hope journal.

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