Summertime Woes: Bee Sting Allergies

Research shows that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, ranging in severity from an itchy mouth to anaphylaxis. Eight foods account for 90 percent of all reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction. There’s good reason for peanut bans in the classroom, as 1 in 13 children is affected....more

Where Is Our Place?

"I don't understand autism. Nobody had it years ago, now everyone has it and gets a personal budget from the government and all sorts of special services. How in the span of 20 years did we go from nobody having this to so many having it. Is this just a ploy to get free money when your child has a small issue that we all just dealt with?"...more

Celebrating the Small Victories

Today I had one of those special moments. It took me a minute to realize the full magnitude of the event. You see this morning was just like any other morning. I walked into Bo's room and flipped on the light. She didn't stir. She's always been a heavy sleeper. I sat quietly on the edge of her bed watching her sleep for a moment, studying her face and thinking about how fast she's growing up. I then began my normal annoying mom routine of lightly tapping her shoulders, calling her name, and sometimes even resorting to singing obnoxious little made up songs to get her to wake up. ...more

If You Put A Label On A Child...

Within my social media and writing circles, I've met amazing people . Some of which are parents. Some of which are parents of children who might be working through some challenges.I like to say "challenge" because it doesn't sound disrespectful and, as I write this, I really hope it isn't. I myself, work through challenges daily as do my kids and husband but I'm referring to children who have been diagnosed as special needs.What isn't a challenge is understanding how amazing they are their parents....more


With Autism, It's The Little Triumphs That Move You Forward

Three big things happened in the last few days. The first, and most welcome is that David went to school yesterday wearing jeans with a zipper and a button....more

A Mermaid is Born

If you have been following my BeingMaxinne blog, than you already know I am a mother to twin six year old children, Ryan and Felicity. They were born very,very prematurely at only twenty five weeks gestation and spent three months in the neonatal intensive care unit before finally coming home. Bringing them home came with many mixed emotions, the obvious one being relief. I was relieved that they had fought for their lives and survived being on life support,countless blood transfusions,sepsis,near renal failure,the list goes on and on...Mixed with my relief I was also very scared. ...more
Emily has Cerebral Palsy too and in the pool she is much more independant.  She loves her water ...more

6 Secrets From a Special Needs Mom

I am a Special Needs Mom. And I have secrets. Things I don’t talk about and stuff that other moms don’t know, or may have forgotten along the way....more
Such a beautiful and touching post! Thank you for offering your unique perspective! I have such ...more


What is success?  I've had this question floating around in my mind for awhile now.  ...more

Social Inequality in School?

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