Do You Have Angry Depression?

The Day I Didn't Get Out of BedOne morning this summer when I didn't get out of bed, I was at the end of my emotional rope.What I'm about to share is with zero pride, but it's part of the story....more

Life Purpose As Taught By a Child With Special Needs

Originally posted on  Bangor Daily News Blogs and I May Regret This. ...more

On Being Bethany's Mom

It’s been both an incredible honor and an amazing privilege being Bethany’s mom!I have been obliged to hang on tight and go along for the worst, best, and certainly, the wildest ride of my lifetime!...more

20 Things That Parenting a Child With Special Needs Has Taught Me About Life In General

I am married, have two children, and I’m still growing. Each day provides opportunities for education about my inner self, about relationships, and about life. Many of these lessons were learned when my youngest son, who has autism, was very little....more

9 Ways to Advocate for the Disabled And Resources

I'll be brutally honest right up front here.I am ashamed to say that before I had a daughter with disabilities, I was totally unaware of just how insensitive, uncaring, and even cruel our world can be toward people who have special needs.I had absolutely no idea how unprepared our world is to accommodate those with special needs so that they can easily be included in all aspects of society....more

Surviving the Initial Autism Diagnosis

Surviving the Initial Autism Diagnosis (an open letter to new parents) ...more

Therapy for Mom...Getting Away from 'Hello, My Name is Brandon's Mom'

I've had therapist after therapist in my home.  I drive Brandon to therapy, and drive him to preschool. Many of my conversations include the words IEP, IDEA, OT, ST, LRE, presumptive placement, supplemental aids and services, ABA, and meltdown.  This is life as an autism mom....more

If You Want to Know How to Treat a Child With Autism...

My nephew, Karson, is just nine months older than Brandon.  When they were both babies, this was a huge age difference.  When Brandon was just born, Karson was already crawling around.  When Brandon was just a few months old, Karson was walking and saying a few words.  Karson was always way ahead of Brandon, but that was to be expected.  There is a a major difference between, say, a 6-month-old and 15-month-old....more

Why I Used to Cringe at the word "Autistic," and Why I Don't Anymore

I used to cringe at the word autistic.   I hated that word....more

If I Am Lost, Please Help Me Find My Mom: Free Autism Tag

  If am lost, please help me find my mom....more
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