Caregivers For Special Kids

There is always so much talk about how Mom’s need to care for themselves so that they are able to care for their children.  When you Google “Secrets of a Happy Mom” you come up with everything ranging from new moms to moms of teenagers, and all the ways one can find happiness in those roles of parenting.They all have a common theme running through.  Mom’s need personal time, exercise, time alone with a husband or significant other, etc. to be a whole person before anything else.  ...more

The Loquat Climber

 There's a tree in our old neighborhood that my husband pointed out on a walk once. Years ago, someone nailed a sign to it. “No Trespassing”, most likely, but you can barely read it. The tree has grown up and around the sign such that today, only a few black letters are visible beyond the gnarled and knobby bark. How the steely edges of that yellow sign must have dug and cut into its proud trunk along the way....more

ADHD decreases at higher altitudes

I live in Colorado so I found this very interesting.Higher altitude states have lower ADHD rates. In Utah, for example, the rate of diagnosed ADHD is 50% of states at sea level.And for every one foot increase in elevation, the likelihood of being diagnosed with ADHD decreases by .001 %.Why?1. Higher altitudes mean more dopamine production. Decreased dopamine is linked to ADHD.2. It could also be partially due to regional disparities in diagnosing ADHD....more

It's Not Autism That I'm Celebrating Today

For me, Autism Awareness Day is a time of celebration.  But I'm not celebrating that fact that my son was diagnosed with autism.  That day was not one full of joy and happiness.  Today I am not celebrating autism.  Today I celebrate my son, Brandon.  He works so hard every day to be self-sufficient, independent, and to communicate.   ...more

Autism Awareness Facebook Cover Photo!

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2nd is Autism Awareness Day! ...more

You Might Be a Special Mom If...

This is the special moms version of "...you might be a redneck."  They were written by a group of strong, intelligent, courageous, loving, special needs mamas.  One of their most important qualities is that they have a sense of humor...something that is a requirement for sanity for the special needs parent. ...more

A Daughter Teaches, A Mother Learns.

I'd like to tell you a story about a baby girl. Did her mother know one day in April that her doctor appointment would not go as planned. Did she know they would tell her she would deliver her baby that day. Did she know the doctor would use terminology she did not read about in the baby books. Did she know after a suggested sonogram, she would be told that her baby has a "myelomeningocele - spina bifida, a neural tube defect in which a developing baby's spinal cord fails to develop properly." A what? And explain it in WORDS she can understand please! NO, I did not know....more
Thanks Heather! She is beautiful!more

Higher IQ and autism genes are linked

A new study from scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Queensland tested 10,000 people in Scotland for general cognitive ability and analyzed their DNA.The researchers found that people carrying genetic traits associated with autism spectrum disorder (even if they never develop autism), on average, scored slightly better on cognitive tests.Research on 921 adolscents in the Brisbane Adloscent Twin Study (don't ask me why it's an odd number if they're studying twins) found similar results. There was evidence of a link between IQ and autism-associated genes....more

Over the river and through the woods to homeschooling we go

 Is Albuquerque Public Schools a disaster? Yes, of epic proportions. Are they incapable of functioning and actually educating the children in their care? Well, that goes without saying. Am I fed up with being threatened with jail or drag my seizure ridden child to school?...more
_lovingryan Thank YOU for sharing! -Momomore

Why You Will Never Be Happy

When you have a baby who has Down syndrome you find out that almost everyone in the world has a cousin with Down syndrome and they all work at a grocery store.And they’re all incredibly happy.You know, I hope most people are happy. I hope all kids are happy. And babies.Are people as a species so unhappy that my now five-year old daughter reading library books on the couch stands out in such contrast?...more
Excellent post and so true. I totally agree that there's more we want for our children than just ...more