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Nicole LaMonte-DeGolier and Roy (Ted) DeGolier IV

How long have you been connected with David’s Refuge?
9 years

Please explain any diagnosis your child has, and you have experience with.
We have three children with a wide variety of disability spread between them. Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Disruptive Mood Disregulation Disorder, Tourette’s, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Sensory Processing Disorder. Although each one presents different challenges and learning curves, we try our hardest to educate ourselves and seek out support. However, we can..

What is your favorite part of being a host?
I love meeting other families on a similar path to our own, It’s such a breath of fresh air to meet others who just understand the many things that you deal with on a daily basis that are just typical for you but for many others very foreign.

What is something you want your guests to know about you?
Ted and I have been together 20 years and have navigated many chapters of life together. There have been highs and lows and everything in between and one of the greatest things we’ve realized is that we can get through anything as long as we do it together. We hope that we can share our experiences and help you find this kind of support within each other.

What is a piece of advice you have found invaluable as a family with experience in special needs or a medically fragile diagnosis?
The best advice we can give is to embrace your child wherever they are at, and know that every flower blooms in its own season. Every person brings something special to this thing we call life!

Which partner location is your favorite and why?
We love the Oliver Phelps B & B, it’s comfortable and Karin the inn keeper goes the extra mile to make you feel welcomed.

A genie grants you the ability to have infinite amount of one item. What is it?
Family time…..it is the greatest gift, and something that we don’t get nearly enough of.

What book changed your life?
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World By Admiral William H. McRaven

What is a question you wish people would ask you less?
How do you do it? It must be hard parenting so many kids with different needs.