Caring for Your Child with Sanfilippo

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There are many angles to caring for a child with Sanfilippo

This information and accompanying resources begin exploring the multiple facets of caring for your child with Sanfilippo Syndrome.


Your child’s pediatrician has likely never encountered Sanfilippo Syndrome before. Share the Foundation’s Physician Handout and/or direct them to the “For Physicians” section of our website for more in-depth information about the disease.

Foundation | Physician Handout & Screening Guide Foundation | “For Physicians” section of website

Your child will require a network of doctors over the course of their life.

Among the projects undertaken by the Foundation is creation of a Global Clinical Management Guidelines, which will allow clinicians and other health-care professionals to make recommendations based on best-available evidence. Additionally, it will enable affected families to make informed decisions regarding care and treatment. Partner families will be notified when the Management Guidelines are completed so they can present them to their medical teams.

Foundation | Global Clinical Management Guidelines (Under Development)


Each child with Sanfilippo Syndrome is different; therefore, has different needs in the educational environment. These needs will also change over time. The best results for your child come from working closely with your child’s teachers, school, and district. Making sure they understand the disease, how it manifests in behaviors and abilities, and what the needs of your child are. Share the Foundation’s informational materials and the resources from other organizations to help with those discussions.
Additional Resources
MPS Society | Education of children with Sanfilippo syndrome: A guide for educators Sanfilippo NewsTips for Educators of Children With Sanfilippo Syndrome Article | Navigating IEP Season During COVID and Beyond


Children with Sanfilippo Syndrome often benefit from different therapies at different points in their lives. Each child’s journey is unique, as is what therapies help them. You are your child’s best advocate to determine what therapies they would benefit from.


Expand each therapy to learn more.

Speech-Language Therapy

To help with maintaining verbal communication.

Physical Therapy

To help build and maintain movement, proper sitting position, walking skills, balance, and flexibility.

Occupational Therapy

To help maintain the use of hands for motions such a self feeding.

Behavior Therapy

To help change potentially self-destructive or unhealthy behaviors.

Nutritional Support

To assist you in ensuring your child is consuming a well-balanced diet that provides consistent nutrition, especially when eating might be a struggle.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

To help build non-verbal ways of communicating

There is some hesitancy about using AAC devices for children for Sanfilippo Syndrome. This report by Tobii Dynavox combats the myths that an individual can be too impaired to benefit from AAC.

Additional Resources

Emotional Support for You & Siblings

Your wellness is a critical part of creating the best life possible for your child. Review the Foundation’s emotional support resources to help you and siblings navigate life with Sanfilippo Syndrome.

Financial Assistance

State and federal programs

First, assess all state and federal benefits that are accessed based on your child’s diagnosis, such as Medicaid, TEFRA qualification, Medicaid Waiver programs, and SSI Disability qualification. Your pediatrician may be your best source for what state programs are available.

There following non-profit organizations offer modest financial assistance, but are not able to help on a long-term basis.

Isabel Jurado Foundation

The Isabel Jurado Foundation’s MPS Family Support Fund provides funding for home modifications, medical supplies/equipment, respite care, and other services/items needed to ease the financial and emotional burden of caring for a Sanfilippo Syndrome or any other MPS child while improving the quality of life for the entire family. IJF does not provide funding for medical supplies/equipment already covered or paid for by insurance or Medicaid.

MPS Society

MPS Society has multiple family support programs that provide financial assistance for a range of things, such as conference scholarships, bereavement expenses, extraordinary experiences, equipment or medical aids, and travel. Explore the specific programs offered by MPS Society and review the application.