A Verdict on the Vaccination Boogeyman

Have you ever wondered why, exactly, vaccines are erroneously associated with autism? I'll tell you: In 1998, Dr. Andrew Wakefield held a press conference to announce that his research had revealed a possible link between the MMR vaccine and autism. He published his findings in the respected independent medical journal The Lancet, and spent the next few years promoting his vaccine-autism "concerns" through media outlets like the TV news magazine 60 Minutes....more

Great post!  No offense to any parents of children with autism, but I think some people ...more

Raising Kids With Trauma Bonds

Trauma bonds. Mmmmm. It's a phrase which warms the cockles of some of our hearts. *cough* Children who come from traumatic histories share a bond ... a trauma bond. For children who have lived together during that trauma, it can be even more pronounced. What does this mean - this "trauma bond" thing? ...more

No she does not want our help. She lives with her other mother who spoils her with the ...more

The Blessings that came with the use of Nintendo for our son with Special Needs

   A few years ago we purchased a Nintendo DS for our older son for Christmas. Little did we know that gift, would also become a gift for our younger son with special needs. He has Cerebral Palsy and was able to play the game to our surprise.  This helped him with his hand eye coordination.  His therapists both Physical & Occupational also recommended the use of Wii sports as a at home therapy....more

Winterproofing Kids Who Don't Get Cold

My son's internal thermostat is busted, which is not surprising; atypical sensory perceptions are common in but not limited to people with autism. Since Leo doesn't care about being cold and he's also sensitive to clothing textures, we've got ourselves a boy who prefers to be all naked, all the time -- and who, if we're not vigilant, frequently is....more

My son Jack has no thermometer.  He doesn't know if he's hot or cold.  But he gets ...more

Core Strengthening Kids

This past summer my mama pride was nearly overwhelming at my 6-year-old Zoe’s triumphant first day as a surfer girl. It is enough of an accomplishment for anyone to get up on a surf board for the first time, but what made the event even more incredible was that Zoe has been in physical therapy since she was 3 because of a low tone trunk and  balance issues....more

My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Interview

Sparkly rainbows and miracle cures: those are what too many books about parenting children with special needs are made of. We may succumb to them during our initial post-child's-diagnosis research frenzy, but the truth is most of our kids have already told us who they are. Our job is not to chase the sparkly rainbows, but to plant our feet on the ground and start supporting those children....more

I've heard about this book from other parents - can't wait to read it myself!  Thanks ...more

A Holiday Season That Sucks Less

As last year's holiday season sputtered out and the relatives left our house, I exhaled, then smiled. I'd really enjoyed all the feasting and fun, from the morning moment the kids' cousins started frolicking underfoot, until the last precious late-night conversation wound down. But there is no way in hell we can manage another holiday season like that one, because floundering in all the happy happy joy joy was one miserable, disoriented, sleep-disturbed little boy with autism and his equally disoriented parents....more

@Carmen But we can still keep trying, and talking and blogging about the accommodations our ...more

Glee-ful About Special Needs on TV

I have new faith in pop culture as a vector of enlightenment now that the TV show Glee has given us Wheels, a thoroughly contemporary After School Special about people with disabilities....more

Yeah I have also noticed it in all the glee series that it creates a culture like a tv wheels. ...more

Goals *or* Welcome to IEP Season

 How many two year olds do you know who have goals? ...more

Ghost Limb.

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