Hiya there friend, Your child has just been diagnosed with Autism. I heard about you from a friend of a friend. Or maybe you found me on Instagram. Or you emailed me at 1 am as you were frantically googling autism in the middle of the night. I see you. I understand what you’re feeling. … More Advice to the Newly Diagnosed Autism Parent
Dear Santa, As another Christmas approaches, I think back to one special meeting we had a few years ago. It was a visit with you that changed how my daughter (and myself) saw Christmas and helped her enjoy what can be a stressful time of year full of changes. Back in 2012, we came to … More I’m Grateful For the Santa Who Saw How Special My Special Girl Is
As parents, we all come to the crossroad of whether our children believe in Santa sooner or later. It’s a sad milestone. It begins to be difficult for them to understand and believe in something they can’t see. Sure, we see Santa and his helpers often during the months before Christmas, but never during his Christmas Eve … More Believing in Santa as an Adult with Special Needs
When Dominic started seventh grade back in August, one of the electives he chose was Choir. I liked that he wanted to do Choir, because it meant that he’d be with many of the same kids he’s been with for the past couple of years. At the concerts, about 75% of the time he doesn’t sing, … More When a Class Embraces Your Special Needs Child
I hate labels. Everyone is guilty of labeling. It’s how we classify people and things. It’s how me navigate our world socially. She’s a pretty girl. He’s a tall boy. So on and so forth. In the special needs world, there is “typical” and there’s “special.” It’s very black and white. Either you’re “normal” or … More Who is Normal, Anyway?
There is a stigma around depression. A really, really ugly one. And I think there’s especially a stigma around mothers who have depression. If you’re depressed, you’re weak. Broken. You are medicated. You cry a lot. You sleep a lot. This isn’t true. At least not for me. I’m not weak. I’m freakishly independent. I’m … More The Stigma of Being a Special Needs Mom With Depression
Halloween is like an ongoing party for kids: dressing-up, candies, pumpkin farms, hayrides, and spooky decorations. Well, for me, Halloween is just another reminder that here comes yet another event that my son will be completely oblivious to while all the kids around him jump with excitement and anticipation. But I don’t give up. Every … More I Won’t Give Up on Halloween