How do you say thank you to someone who has given you your child back? Someone who has taken a nonverbal child and helped them find their voice. There aren’t words for that. My middle son was born six weeks...
Imagine a group of children happily playing in a playhouse. Giggles, laughter, and squeals of delight fill the room. The joy of the children is evident and infectious. Now picture seeing several faces having a joyful smile that is...
Today started off normal enough - breakfast, feeding horses with my toddler, and watching the new Disney princess. Then we went to have some blood work done. Well, you would think it would be the actual blood drawing process...
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. To some, Down Syndrome can be scary and intimidating, as any disability or challenge can be. However, as Moms, it is important that we support and advocate for each other. As the mother of...
Two years ago my son was diagnosed with Autism. Unlike most moms, I was happy that we were getting a diagnosis. He struggled for a couple of years in preschool and had the worse Kindergarten year.  Prior to the diagnosis, we received...
By now, unless you are hiding under a cool, shaded rock, you probably already know that April is Autism Awareness Acceptance Month. And you may already know that Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States. But...
The thought of my special needs child getting sick causes me lots of mommy anxiety. I do everything I can to keep germs away from my little one. I even use Lysol on my son’s stroller wheels to keep the...
As the pandemic descended upon Tampa, I had a discussion with my son’s school. Hospital Homebound Program He is enrolled in the Hospital Homebound program, designed for students whose condition is acute or catastrophic, that confines them to the home or...
  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...
Please know that I see the worried look on your face when you realize your child and mine are in the same class. I know what you are thinking even if the thought hasn't fully formed in your head....

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