Is your child struggling in school? Find out why and how to help.

I just ran across this site with 5 super-short videos (each is between about 40-60 seconds!) that actually have some interesting info on learning struggles.http://www.thebrainandlearning.com/FAQs.htmlHere's a quick summary of the first 2 videos:Video #1 (1 minute, 3 seconds)Question: Why does a child experience academic difficulties?Answer: There are 3 reasons: 1. Content - For example, if families move a lot and a child missed certain material, such as pre-algebra...more

How To Find Your Family Halloween Fun

Just days before Halloween, when my daughter Zoe was almost 4, we found ourselves inpatient (… again) at our local hospital. Fall had just arrived in Arizona, and though the days were bright and sunny, the weather in the desert was finally, deliciously cooling....more

To Speak or Not to Speak - How to Comfort a Grieving Mom

What do you say to a mother, your best friend, who’s 4 year old was just diagnosed with Leukemia? What do you do when you live several states away from her? How do I comfort this grieving mom?...more

When special needs kids are bullied

I've got two articles to share on this topic. The first is a new study that indicates that kids between 8 and 10 who are bullied are more likely to experience nightmares, night terrors and sleepwalking at age 12. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282488.phpThe other piece is "Why bullies target struggling students (and how you can help!)"http://media.learningrx.com/why-bullies-target-struggling-students-and-h......more

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Watch Out for Flying Objects

Throughout my life, in good times and challenging ones, I’ve always been comforted by signs.Whether it’s hearing my favorite song come on when I’m feeling a little sad, or getting a call from an old friend at a particularly difficult point in my life, I’ve always seen these events as the way God or the universe communicates with me and lets me know I”m not alone.About seven years ago, I was going through one of my lowest, or at least most stressful times in my life.Our daughter Lizzy was going through an extremely difficult period....more

Where Do I stand?

As a woman, mother, person starting to near "middle" age (dare I utter these words) it causes me to reflect on where I stand. Where I stand in society, where I stand as a woman, a mother, a friend, a wife; all of these titles of mine define who I am, where I  "stand" in the lives of those I reach.. touch.It is often sombering to realize that at this point I should be "all grown up now" yet sometimes I look around at my brood, my home, my crazy life and think "am I really in charge of all of this?" ...more

Why Minority Voices Matter in the Autism Community

“What can the white special needs community do to help the brown special needs community?” I was asked this question at the BlogHer ’14 Special Needs Mini Con session in San Jose, CA. I had to pause when I heard it. I wasn't ready....more
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My Son's Words Of Wisdom - "You Have A Lot To Remember About Me"

I was a rotten mother yesterday.I forgot to give my son his allergy medicine yesterday. It's nothing prescription or anything, just 12 hour Claritan, but this time of year, he really needs it....more

Never Agitate the Monkeys or an Autistic Child

This blog post is also posted on my other blog: Perfect ChaosYou know how when you go to zoo, the signs say don't feed the animals. Don't agitate the animals. Or face their wrath. ...more
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