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
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
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
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
My son was diagnosed with ADHD by a computer. That’s how they do it, apparently. We, his parents, each filled out a form. His teacher filled one out as well. The forms are fed through a computer (I don’t know) and the results are spat out. Scores over 70% are considered a clinical diagnosis. I think there … More My Son Was Diagnosed With ADHD in 10 Minutes By a Computer
Do you hear that? Come closer. That’s the sound of my heart breaking. My son has always loved the ocean. His eyes match the sea, changing from blue to green with the swell of the tide. My love for him is an ocean, an overwhelming force which is sometimes calm and steady, and other times full … More The Love of a Special Needs Mother is Like the Ocean. Eternal. Exhausting.
At his pre-kindergarten graduation, Lucas sat in the far back corner of the stage, nearly hidden from view. A teacher crouched in the shadows behind the stage curtain, ready to remind Lucas to stay quiet—or remove him—lest he ruin graduation for the other, better-behaved children. Each child was to have a turn at the microphone … More Navigating a Sit-Down-and-Focus World With ADHD