Category Archives: Special Needs

10 Trunk-or-Treat Events in Tampa Bay

What happens when you combine tailgating with trick-or-treating? Trunk-or-Treat! Check out these options for trunk-or-treat in Tampa Bay. Lutz and South Tampa Family Fun Festival Dates: Saturday, October 12, 4 pm to 7 pm Hosted by Seal Swim School Location: 19509 North Dale Mabry, Lutz; 3703 West McKay Avenue, Tampa Activities: trunk-or-treat, music, face painting, hair coloring, pumpkin […]

Why Are We Still Using Banned Words to Describe Children?

Banned words A recent exchange between a Facebook friend has been weighing on my mind. He was talking about something political and he used a word on the banned words list. For those uncertain, those words are ones that demean another person based on race, religion, sexual orientation or mental capacity. The exchange between the two of […]

Tips for Hosting a Special Needs-Friendly Holiday

Every parent knows that the holidays are a mixed bag of delight and exhaustion.  Road trips and family and gifts and friends, the end of the year is full to the brim, and at times a bit overwhelming. The intensity of the season is often magnified for families with children with special needs. While certainly still […]

Supporting Adoptive Families During National Adoption Month

November is my favorite month!! Cooler temperatures, Thanksgiving, prepping for winter holidays and National Adoption Month. Being an adoptive family means a lot to us. We love helping other families celebrate the beauty and miracle of adoption. Because we are a multi-racial family with special needs children we often hear things such as ” I […]

Confessions of a Reluctant Home School Mom

I am a former elementary teacher. I taught for 13 years in all types of schools;  Everywhere between Kindergarten and Fourth grade. I also taught reading for small groups for several years. I loved it!!  Most of the time, it was life-changing and wonderful. I loved my job and the interactions between kids and educators. […]