It’s Not My Daughter’s Job to Prove How Well She Can Learn

As she sat there reading her book word-for-word, I felt a sense of determination. Ella loves to read and therefore has plenty of motivation when it comes to memorizing sight words. “We’ll show them,” I thought, “they think that she can’t learn alongside her peers, but we’ll work hard and make it happen.” I had … More It’s Not My Daughter’s Job to Prove How Well She Can Learn

I Admit It: I Like My Child Better When He Is Drugged

We resisted medicating Lucas for his ADHD for three years. Like many parents before us, we took the try-everything-else-first route, which served a twofold purpose: First, it acted as a defensive barrier against those who might secretly accuse us of lazy parenting. “Ah, yeah, we’re drugging our kid. But don’t worry, we’re not lazy parents; … More I Admit It: I Like My Child Better When He Is Drugged

I Didn’t Believe My Daughter When She Said She Was Being Bullied

My daughter with ADHD has a tendency to overdramatize things that happen to her. If she stubs her toe, then that day becomes “the worst day in the world!” If she gets one spelling word incorrect on her test, she says, “I’m the dumbest kid in the world.” I love my second grader to pieces, but to say … More I Didn’t Believe My Daughter When She Said She Was Being Bullied

Accepting the Words Intellectual Disability

I couldn’t stop staring at two words on my computer screen: Intellectual Disability. After five years of doctor appointments, tests and more tests, we had several conditions finally diagnosed for our daughter. Our search included two neurologists, two geneticists, pediatricians and development delay specialists that spanned two states. It’d been a long journey to diagnosis … More Accepting the Words Intellectual Disability

A Sample Letter to Teacher about Your Child with Special Needs

“Teachers need as much parental help as they can get. I appreciate parents who become involved in the learning process and interact with me about testing. If your school has email for the instructors, that can be an easy way to find out what each teacher doing with your child.” ~Teacher and parent of child … More A Sample Letter to Teacher about Your Child with Special Needs