I've never met a family drama I didn't like.It started with the Bradys, followed by the family on Family (I had to Google their name - the Lawrences!) and then the Eight is Enough Bradford clan (I swear, every Christmas I still think of that episode where the Bradfords' Christmas presents are stolen).And then came the Reeds on Sisters, the Fishers of Six Feet Under, the Walkers on Brothers and Sisters ... and probably a half a dozen others that I am forgetting.They're all similarly formulaic....more
On Wednesday, March 3, the US House of Representatives will consider a piece of legislation that is of great importance to all mothers, but especially to mothers who have children with special needs....more
Seven years ago, when my two-year-old son Leo was declared "autistic," it was difficult to find books about his many possible futures. The most popular 2003 autism books from parents' perspectives -- Catherine Maurice's Let Me Hear Your Voice, and Karyn Seroussi's Unraveling the Mystery of Autism -- were tales of hope, but also of autism conquered and cured....more
We were sitting on the plane on our way to Paris and Louis was grinning from ear to ear when he was presented with a kid’s meal when dinner was served. I’m not sure why I even ordered it for him, I guess because I could. Many typical 12 year olds wouldn’t be that excited for the silly toy and applesauce. But Louis was....more
My son has autism. He's also quite lucky: he goes to a great school for students who need behavioral accommodations, is instructed by a teacher who both likes and understands him, and is supported by an extended team of curriculum supervisors, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and 1:1 aides. He has an iron-clad IEP (Leo cheat sheet and detailed Individualized Educational Plan), which everyone on his team constantly refers and defers to.
Do you have a prayer request? A special need? Well, I spent all night placing a live webcam to Lourdes, France on my website, including a little mailbox to their prayer request email. All kinds of weird computer problems kept cropping up, and I kept offering them up as a prayer, which did help to keep me from being annoyed. Then...
This morning I got an email from a friend who told me that today is OUR LADY OF LOURDES FEAST DAY! Wow. I had no idea! That is just so cool...
by Tamar Bihari This past weekend saw the cable TV premiere of a movie about animal behavior expert and autism advocate Temple Grandin. WVFC contributor Tamar Bihari writes about watching the film with her son, who had been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum. ...more
First and foremost, let me get something out of the way - PARENTING TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT THINGS ANY HUMAN CAN BE REQUIRED TO DO - EVER. It is hard. It is hard. It is hard, and every single day you will discover that it is quite HARD!...more
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