Heroic Homeschoolers

 We tried homeschooling and it was nothing that we had expected.  Did we learn a lot?  Yes.  Did she learn a lot?  We have absolutely no idea.  We just weren't cut out for that...http://planbust.blogspot.com/2014/10/hats-off-to-homeschoolers-who-arent......more
Thank you for sharing your short stint into the homeschooling world.  It is good to know ...more

Boy with Down Syndrome Scores Touchdown: Cutest High School Touchdown Ever

A few days ago, I wrote about the great things sports can do when teams include children with special needs. Today, I see this video. It is amazing. An eight-year old boy gets the most joyous run of his life. I literally cried and laughed at the same. ...more

How Sports Create Moments of Magic and Inclusion

For a moment, a breath of time, the soccer field was silent. A clamor of soccer players rushed to kick the ball, yet they stopped. My son grasped the coach's hand. They yelled: Kick it! He did. The crowd cheered, the running began again. ...more

Five Things You Should Never Say to the Mother of a Child With Disabilites or a Life Threatening Brain Tumor

Ever since my daughter, Bethany was diagnosed with a very large brain tumor I have been the recipient of much unwanted "medical" and "spiritual" advice and even though Bethany has been cancer free for fourteen years, because her life threatening illness left her with several permanent disabilities, people still often feel compelled to offer me their witty yet still unwanted advice or versions thereof that I first heard so many years ago....more
Listening and empathy can be our truest gift of compassion.more

Organic Food, Exercise, and the Right Mindset : Health Miracles for My Child with Special Needs

In 2005, my second child was born with Down Syndrome. He underwent surgery on the third day of his life to untangle a defective digestive tract. Without the surgery, he would not live. I knew food and exercise would have to be the huge part of his recovery, growth, and development. To believe in this principle was one thing - to implement quite another. ...more
Great testimony to the power of a healthy diet!  So glad your little boy is healthy now!more

It’s Just Routine

We all have them, those things that we do, or places that we go…regularly.  We have certain treats  or rewards that we indulge in after an undesirable activity.  We also have our favorite drinks, most of us can be heard at one time or another saying something along the lines of, “I drink____everyday”.  I, wake up every morning and I make coffee…then…I drink it…every day....more

It’s Just Routine

We all have them, those things that we do, or places that we go…regularly.  We have certain treats  or rewards that we indulge in after an undesirable activity.  We also have our favorite drinks, most of us can be heard at one time or another saying something along the lines of, “I drink____everyday”.  I, wake up every morning and I make coffee…then…I drink it…every day....more

Mom, On The Edge: One Year Later

“Why don’t you find a support group for moms of kids with special needs?” asked a good FRIEND today.“I don’t really think I fall under that category,” I immediately said, somewhat exasperated.I could see she was debating going further, but she didn’t have to.  I immediately flashed on his new therapy schedule: S.E.I.T ten hours per week, occupational therapy twice weekly, in-home family behavior training once a week.  There is no denying it; he does have some special needs....more

I Am Out of Compassion: Defending Kelli Stapleton's Actions is Inexcusable

My daughter just had a 40-minute tantrum. She is 10 years old. We have dubbed her tantrums, “overloads” (thanks to a Twitter friend’s recommendation). She didn’t want us to call the outbursts tantrums, as “that is what babies have.” Today’s overload was because she did not want to do her homework....more

The Sibling of a Child with Special Needs is an Amazing Person

My son's sister is a very special child. A budding teenager, she likes books and movies and her friends. When she comes home after school or soccer practice, she steps into another role, one she knows well - the sibling of a child with special needs. ...more