The Soccer Game That Stopped My Heart

I still remember the end-of-season tournament for 12-year-old Mackenzie and her advanced-level soccer team. It consisted of two games on Saturday -- 9 and 5 -- and at least one game on Sunday -- two if they won the first three games. I love the team she plays on: the girls are friendly and warm and the parents kind and inviting. Her coaches have taught her a LOT, and this team has really been a great fit for her. ...more

My daughter doesn't even have asthma, but I think your story sums up that running-in-the-sand ...more

I wish he could stay 12 forever

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY BABIES!

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Autism: From Outrage to Activism

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. ...more

Ange, thank you for thinking beyond your own family and taking action. Inspiring!

Beth ...more

Need an answered prayer?

JMJ 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... ...more

My Son Has Asperger's ... At Least Until 2013

My 10-year-old son chatters endlessly and laughs loudly and often and wrestles with his friends and snuggles with the dog and makes great eye contact and technically, yes, he is also autistic. ...more
Donna R, Im assuming you are in America because you refer to him being in '3rd grade'... I live ...more

Temple Grandin, the HBO Movie, and My Son

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

Thank you for the story and the link to such a terrific ...more

Parenting Traumatized Children: Sometimes We Can Make It Worse

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

It's just not possible to practice how you'll FEEL, and you could never put it into words and ...more

Are you a blogger?

Are you a blogger? That was the question that a friend of mine who O had not spoken to in forever asked me once we became friends on facebook. I had attempted My Space and am currently addicted to facebook, buit what sources are out there that you can vent- I mean really vent. Let's face it everyone and their mother is on facebook, in fact, my mother is on facebook. So, if I'm wanting to really freak out about in laws or crazy family members or husbands that act stupid what source is there?...more

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