IEP Success

IEP? Are you ready? The big tool to carve an educational program for special children is the IEP - Individualized Education Program. Education is a big task; figuring out what to do with special needs kids in the educational system is gigantic. ...more

10 Easy Work Time Activities

I taught a workshop last week at my son’s school on work time activities. While I claim to be no “expert” in this area, I’ve received several years of teaching, sessions, and done lots of reading on the subject. I shared 10 activities we do here at home with the parents and teachers that we do often. All these activities were created with either recyclable materials or dollar store finds as to be very affordable to make. I hope you enjoy!...more

Autism is NOT a Punishment

I read a piece on Jezabel today which set my blood to boiling. It was about how Toni Braxton wrote in her memoir that she believed that God gave her son Autism as punishment for having an abortion earlier in life. No, really. Her exact words:...more
LeeLee1210 I'm very glad to hear that she doesn't feel that way anymore. I definitely understand ...more

An Old Man, A Mutt, and a Funeral: Taming the Wake of Voices in My Head

Ahead of schedule, I smugly buckled my youngest child . The dog jumped in behind. It was time for a physical for the four-legged member of our family. Heart worm, flea and tick season were on their way. After the appointment, I’d sweep by school to pick up my daughter, who was at the Humane Society volunteering and whisk her off to her ball game. If all went well, everyone would get to their destination — right on time (or even before)....more

Top 20 Reasons We're Grateful for Food Allergies

Grateful? For this annoying, often terrifying condition that disrupts our family and threatens our kid's life every day? Well, yeah. ...more
Takes insight to turn a perceived negative into a positive.more

Who Makes it Special?

Long ago, in a land not so far away, I picked up the label "special." Not me, no, the label was for my special needs child. This is what we call it now. Retarded, held back, different, slow, freak - we're moving past those awful stereotypes; those terrible words. Now, we're special, and when things are special, life changes. There is no going back.Divorce and single parenting strikes many families when a special needs child is born. When I thought the one closest to me would help me, rally around me, I found myself alone to parent two children....more

It's Like People WANT Me to Slap Them

I love my mom. I love my dad. I love my sister-in-law. I am sure that everyone who is telling mom that my niece, Gozer the Destructor (AKA Betty Jr), doesn’t need testing for autism is saying it with the best of intentions.I am still gonna slap the piss out of everyone who thinks Gozer does not have Autism because she is “too social”, and thus no point in testing her for it.  ...more
Thank you so much for your post and being aware and doing what you can to advocate for your ...more

Bittersweet Birthdays

Tomorrow my baby turns ten. Like any Mom, I love watching my children grow and become these amazing little people. And like any Mom, I also just want them to stay little forever. However, unlike some (most?) Moms, I actually get sad on my son’s birthday. Birthdays for the past few years with Brian have felt bittersweet to me. ...more
OMG this is so sweet....made my sonmore

Fireside Chat with The Autism Mom

I had a child in 1993.  He was little and had blond hair that was curly and I loved him fiercely.  Suddenly he is 21 years old.  He seems little and still has curly blond hair and I still love him fiercely, if not even more than that.He is a great kid.  Expressive, sensitive, emotional and friendly.  He isn't afraid to speak his mind and he basically is very honest in those opinions and not afraid to call something exactly what it is....more

In all Matters of Being an Advocating Mother

I recently came across a headline from a BlogHer syndicated post, and it broke me a little. Admittedly, I let it. I let the word midget sink into my heart and take I allowed the offense. But I have to be honest... it's hard not to do.With the idea that dwarfism is the last disability to mock or exploit, we... parents, friends, family... have a fight ahead of us. As a parent. A writer. A human. I aim to educate about words that endanger our children and their right to be seen and heard as equals....more
martinkadeluxe I think this is something we all have issues with from time to time. We all have ...more