Halloween for Special Kids

Earlier in the week, I talked about the real monsters of Halloween, and the horrors our medically fragile kids endure year round. Today, before all the little goblins and gremlins come to your door, I urge you to think about a few things....more

'Tis The Season To Give Thanks

November 1st.  Halloween is behind us (although I have heard many towns and neighborhoods all across the country rescheduled for tonight, due to inclement weather) but for our intents and purposes, today is officially the beginning of the THANKSGIVING season....more

Confessions of a control freak

I used to be so much worse. Really, I was. I confess....I was Mom, the control freak....more

Mom, On The Edge

“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

LISTEN!!

 I am a teacher for students with autism, and reading this made me cry because it is so very true. I saw this in a way yesterday that has made me want to tell the world. I have a 6 year old, non verbal student who uses a TouchtoTalk app to communicate. In the past few weeks he has had some technology issues with the device that has basically left him unable to communicate in any way beyond the primal; grunts, squeals, dropping objects, grabbing, and yes, sometimes hitting. Because he had something to say and NEEDED to be able to say it. ...more

NaBloPoMo Day 1: Face to Face with Little K

Nearly two years ago, I wrote one of my first blog posts about Little K and our difficulty bonding during my postpartum depression and what I thought at the time was his collicky nature.  I haven’t looked at the post in a long time, and reading it now makes it clear just how far K and I have come.  It’s honestly a little unreal.  But it’s also clear how much work we’ve all put into getting to know him, and how much work he’s put into letting us inside his fragile little shell....more

Cowboy Clay...for a little bit

Cowboy Clay didn't want to wear his cowboy hat...or his cowboy boots...or carry his six-shooter, but he was still stinkin' cute when we took him out trick-or-treating tonight. ...more

Jax the Punk Rocker Getting Ready for Surgery Tomorrow

Happy Halloween!Last year, Jax had been home from the hospital for 4 days, so we celebrated Halloween together on our couch with our little scary skeleton. ...more
Denise Thank you!more

Wrapping Up Learning Disability Awareness Month With Executive Dysfunction Awareness

We're coming to the end of October, which I know means that most folks with kids are thinking about Halloween. But did you know that October is National Learning Disability Awareness Month? ...more
Wonderful article, as always, Mir!more

ANA Food Allergies: Halloween Could Kill My Child

This morning I am mad. Really mad. I am mad because I am hurt.You see, my son is a high school sophomore. He is an active member of his school. He has spoken at local Board of Supervisor and Board of Education meetings regarding issues near to his heart. He plays in the marching band (he's the best one out there if you ask me or his dad!) He swims on a summer swim team. He volunteers at a local middle school band camp during the summer. He volunteered out of state at a food allergy camp last summer, giving up a week of his personal time to show these children a great, safe time!...more
Oh my God. I can't believe this generation of parenting. As a food-allergy victim myself, I have ...more