I'll be brutally honest right up front here.I am ashamed to say that before I had a daughter with disabilities, I was totally unaware of just how insensitive, uncaring, and even cruel our world can be toward people who have special needs.I had absolutely no idea how unprepared our world is to accommodate those with special needs so that they can easily be included in all aspects of society....more
…like Ramma lamma lamma Ka dinga da dinga dong Remembered forever like Shoo-wop sha whada whadda Yippidy boom da boom Chang chang changity chang shoo bop That’s the way it should be Waooo Yeah!”These Kids Rock! They really do!...more
I often tell my children to use their words when they are upset. I assume they know what they are feeling and can verbalize it to me. Wrong! It’s difficult for children to say what they are feeling because many times they don’t know what to name the feeling they are experiencing. Instead, they show us how they are feeling by throwing temper tantrums and having meltdowns. We first need to teach children the words to express their feelings before we require them to “use their words.”...more
If you have a daughter (or other female relative) who is on the autism spectrum, you can probably figure out why girls often get diagnosed later than boys.A team of researchers at the Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger analyzed data from thousands of children with ASD and found that the symptoms differ by gender. Specifically:1. Girls struggled more with the ability to interpret social cues (though boys ages 10-15 were more likely than girls the same age to struggle with them)....more
A teen autistic child and her family were kicked off a United Airlines flight to Portland. The plane made an emergency landing. Officials arrived. The family escorted off. Was the girl a threat?
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
My only Mother’s Day gift wish when DC was little was a macaroni necklace. You know, the macaroni necklace that every child makes for their mother eventually, for some occasion or holiday or for no reason at all. I think I remember making a few of my own when I was a kid. I really wanted a macaroni necklace! Unfortunately, there was no one that was going to help him do this, with the exception of me, of course, but that would not be the same....more
Love never fails."It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."1 Corinthians 13:7I've been thinking a lot about who I am as a mother. Am I a good one? Do I do enough? Most of the time I think I am and I do, but every once in a while......more