To the restaurant owner that gave a $5 discount for a 'well behaved child'

I understand that you tried to do a good thing. I understand that you earn a living based upon the pleasant dining experiences of your patrons. I understand that a 'badly behaved' child makes your staff's jobs that little bit harder. When you gave the family a $5 discount for dining with their 'well behaved child', you made their day, but you made my life that little bit harder, and heres how:...more

This Time, I Had To Say The Word : Autism

It's rainy today, and it matches my mood.The school called me yesterday, or more specifically, the guidance counselor.We have a problem, she said. And I listened....more

Minority children with autism developmentally regress more

New research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in May 2014 indicates that black and Hispanic children with autism tend to developmentally regress more often than white children with autism.They define development regression in this case as loss of language, motor or social skills - usually after the child seemed to be developing normally for some time.The study used medical (and demographic) info on 1,353 preschool-age children with autism in Canada and the U.S....more

The Greatest Gift I Received on Mother's Day Was a Driveway

Yesterday was Mother's Day, and after opening my presents, the kids and I decided spur-of-the-moment to drive half an hour down the road to a movie theater that was having a special Mother's Day retro-screening of Titanic, a favorite movie for both me and Anna, and one that David might be able to sit through. ...more
How terrifying. You rock.more

Happy Mother's Day to the Special Needs Mother

Happy Mother's Day to the Mother who may never have heard her child say "I love you". Happy Mother's Day for the mother who's child is physically incapable of buying a card, or who doesn't have the mental capacity to understand what today is about. Happy Mother's Day to the Mothers who won't get to relax and rest today, because they don't get to relax and rest ever. ...more

A Mother's Day Letter for Special Needs Moms

This Mother's Day, there will be thousands of Moms who don't receive handmade notes, or home-crafted, crayon colored cards. These moms mother for a smile or a tender touch; they mother because that is simply what you do as a Mom. This letter is for the Special Needs Mom, whose child is unable to write or say the words this Mom may long to hear....more
Thank you so much for this beautiful post. You've perfectly encapsulated my experience. My sweet ...more

A Real Helping Hand in the Kitchen: The Staybowlizer

Hurt myself. Again. Hard to type. Even harder to work in the kitchen. Really makes me appreciate how fortunate I am. But before I start singing the praises of a kitchen gadget that really helped me while I was injured,  let’s talk about ME... ...more

What is so threatening about the "gifted" label?

What is it about the "gifted" label that creates such controversy?...more

Parents of Preemies Day

As originally posted on my blog, Joseph at Home (http://josephathome.blogspot.com/2014/05/parents-of-preemies-day.html)...more