B is for Bird:Teaching a Special Needs Child to Read

"UP" points to the top of the stairs. "DOWN," of course, points down. I tape words and letters to walls and balls and stuffed rabbits and birds to help my son learn to read. "P" for patient is the one I should tape to my forehead. ...more

10 Things You Need to Know About Adopting from Foster Care

Before adopting two awesome kids who came into my life through foster care, I had this idea in my mind that the whole ordeal would be kind of like what happened in Annie. We would just be handed a precocious, well-adjusted child that we would rescue from their dire straits through love and perseverance and possibly a few well-timed choreographic musical numbers. The truth is that it’s infinitely more complicated than that, although it is equally thrilling and wonderful—minus the giant mansion and, sadly, Punjab. We could all use a little Punjab in our lives. ...more
AdoptUSKids thank YOU for continuing to advocate for adoption from child welfare! It's so ...more

The Walls Come Tumbling Down: Fears Dissolve With a Simple Hello

The faces of children do not lie. Many kids are not exposed to special needs children often. The shock on their faces, the stares, the fear is hard to disguise. They don't know what to do. A few days ago, I walked with my son to the end of the line at his track meet. Two girls stood in front of him, each holding their metal shot put ball in their hand. My son's motions are sometimes jerky. He's often loud and unpredictable. His speech is to most people, incomprehensible. We stood behind them. Their eyes darted back and forth to each other. They had no idea what to do. ...more
nomorenicegirl  :-) That's terrific, for both kids.more

Special Needs Travel Tips for Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Preparing for a Successful Flight

First Up: Planes.  With the best of intentions to lead our special kids out into the world of insane normality, it can be a living hell in motion if not - at least to some degree - prepared. To avoid catastrophe or total breakdown by child or parent, here are the most important things I've learned and practice while traveling. The next three parts in this travel series will deal with traveling on planes, trains, and automobiles with special needs children. ...more

Trolls, Tribes and Tribulations

This week, I blogged every day. Monday through Friday. I generally blog 3-4 times a week, but this week, was different. I read into my stat analytics and worked in an extra post about trolls. A friend was featured on Scary Mommy, and it gave me a great idea to write about our group. I scrolled through the Twittah (that's how gals from Brooklyn talk sometimes) and was inspired to weigh in on a debate.Lesson learned this week? Ferris Bueller said it best, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."On with the round up!...more
The delicate state of our children brings us to our knees and rips open the mama bear all at once.more

Women, Girls, and Special Needs Shine in John Legend Video: But Media Must Get the Whole Story Right

Special needs, cancer survivors, and all shapes and sizes of women and girls shine beautiful in the new video by John Legend, "You & I (Nobody In The World)." The melody is touching; the images will probably make you cry. I did. So what in the world could go wrong with a video like this? ...more

Untreated ADHD linked to addiction in kids, teens and adults

If you think not treating your child's ADHD will only affect their grades, think again.There's a lot of research out there about the correlations between ADHD and various kinds of addiction. Here are just a few I ran across:1. Food addiction - The same impulsivity that leads some with ADHD to absue drugs and alchol can lead to food addiction  - especially binge eating and bulimia. It's less likely in anorexia, which is more about "control" than impulsivity....more

The Autism Journey

Who do you think made the first stone spears? The Asperger guy. If you were to get rid of all the autism genetics, there would be no more Silicon Valley. Temple Grandin...more
My nearly 11 year old nephew is on the spectrum so I like to read blogs like your's that helps ...more

New Study Says Genetic Defect Depends on the Woman's Age: Worst Article I've Ever Read

I popped on the news feed before bed - (highly recommend against this) - and a study reported by National Public Radio appeared with this headline: With Gene Disorders, The Mother's Age Matters, Not the Egg's. ...more

The Reading Puzzle Finds Another Piece: The duck, the dog and a big yes!

In its own, special way, the puzzle comes together. All the work parents pour into special kids has unknown outcomes. When a child will walk, or talk, or read, we have no idea. As we wait and watch, once and awhile, a puzzle falls into place. ...more

Take A Breath And Let Go - Learning Not To Hover Over My Autistic Son

The kids and I just spent the last ten days with my brother and his family in Kansas. We had a wonderful time! I have five nieces and nephews and we went on all kinds of fun outings and watched movies and hung out and laughed and laughed and laughed. On July 4th, we joined them at a neighborhood party which was a serious thrill for my kids because of the level of fireworks involved. In that part of Kansas, they can buy all sorts of great fireworks at roadside stands that are firmly outlawed in our home state....more

B is for Bird:Teaching a Special Needs Child to Read

"UP" points to the top of the stairs. "DOWN," of course, points down. I tape words and letters to walls and balls and stuffed rabbits and birds to help my son learn to read. "P" for patient is the one I should tape to my forehead. ...more

Travel With Special Needs Kids Part II: To Infinity and Beyond

Hands down, it's easier to stay home. Without question, we'll be "fine" without ever stepping out the door into the wilderness, the next town, or another country. Travel - why bother at all? And why in the world risk taking a special needs kid through the hassle of travel? As a single parent of a two children and a special boy, it makes no logical sense to travel beyond our comfort zone. Then again, that's exactly why we choose to do it. ...more