That Time I Had to Pay $500 for My Medical Records

One morning I woke up to a phone call advising me that I owed $500 to a private service holding my medical records ransom. ...more
Good luck finding a family doctor. It's so hard here in Ontario to find one - took me 6 years ...more

Ending Disney's Guest Assistance Card Program: Thanks, Jerks

Ending Disney's Guest Assistance Card Program Thanks, Jerks. ...more

There's Always a Critic!

I am the last person on earth to claim that I am a stellar mom. Quite the contrary. I have made mistakes left and right but, the one constant is that I love my children and through all our ups and downs they truly know that....more

Perspective

As a freshman at Purdue studying Fine Arts, I spent an entire semester drawing the same structure. Three days a week. Every week. Four months. The same thing....more

I Knew There Was A Problem When I Came Home and Found the Babysitter Tied Up

Dear babysitter who thinks because my son has special needs that means he’s sweet and easy.When I told you about my son’s issues during our interview, I don’t think you were listening to me. You were so perky and shiny and a tad bit condescending. “Oh yes, I worked with special needs kids in summer camp.” But you know what babysitter? All special needs kids are not a like....more

Back To School: 6 Tips For Your Sensory Child

I know I’m not alone. I get smiles in solidarity, hear the groans at the local Starbucks, and share the frazzled Mom look of yoga pants, messy hair and tired eyes.  It’s called back to school shock. While some Moms are dancing in their driveways, Mom’s like me are charting lists, emailing teachers, staying up late to prep and rising early, just to guzzle down some coffee before the stressful start of the school morning begins....more

Balloons

On the night before the night before preschool we asked Josie what she wanted to do on her last day of summer vacation.She sat and thought really hard until she finally said, "Balloons. I think, yellow for my first, and for my second one...purple."Josie continued with requests for cupcakes and something "fabulous." Excitedly, she went on about the balloons and how she wanted to let them go, and watch them fly to the clouds until they popped....more

Big news on ADHD meds!

Did you see this article?July 8, 2013 Wall Street Journal’s “ADHD Drugs Don’t Boost Kids’ Grades”A new long-term study of nearly 4,000 students found that ADHD drugs like Ritalin and Adderall don’t help achievement scores or grade-point averages. In fact, according to the research, boys who took medications for ADHD actually performed worse in school than boys with similar symptoms who took no stimulant medications. Likewise, girls who took ADHD drugs reported more emotional problems....more

A Wheelchair Accessible Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth

A Wheelchair Accessible DisneylandThe Happiest Place on EarthI'm just going to come out and say it....more
Hello there, Momma_Candy! Just happened on this post and so glad I did. What heartwarming news ...more

New test for ADHD uses EEGs

The FDA has approved the use of the NEBA System (named for NEBA Health, which makes the system) for docs to accurately determine if ADHD is the cause of behavior problems.The NEBA System supports, not replaces, traditional diagnosis protocols, like physical exams, behavior quetionnaires and testing, IQ testing and criteria from the DSM-IV-TR.The test is noninvasive and takes 15-20 minutes. It works by calculating the radio of theta and beta waves in the brain. In the past, kids with ADHD have been shown to have higher theta/beta ratios.Here's the story I read:...more