It’s so easy to project your own feelings onto your children without realizing it. I was directly in the middle of putting my feelings onto my daughter before I caught myself and allowed the scene to unfold. THE SCENARIO I pulled my 3 ½ year old daughter out of her preschool for various reasons over … More Sensory Processing Disorder Doesn’t Mean She Can’t Handle It
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 has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Lately, when explaining this to people, I keep hearing, “Oh, yeah, my son/grandson/nephew has sensory issues, too.” Let me clarify: sensory issues and Sensory Processing Disorder are NOT the same thing. SPD is an actual disorder of the Nervous System. Any child with Spectrum issues, or with ADHD … More I Wish My Son Could Wear a Sign That Says “I’m Not Rude, I Have Sensory Processing Disorder”
Mikayla and Hope were irritated with each other from the moment we stepped into the dentist’s office. I was hoping they would call one of them in quickly so they could get away from each other. They called Mikayla back for her cleaning and Hope started playing a game on her iPad. Wow. This is … More Sensory Processing Disorder: A Day at the Dentist
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.
My kid doesn’t want to lick the spoon. Nor does he want to eat more than a minuscule amount of pudding at a time, or use more than the very tip of his tongue to lick ice cream. Ironically, I already knew he had oral defensiveness before I knew he had Sensory Processing Disorder. You … More What Kid Wouldn’t Want to Lick the Spoon?
I wish I could speak to you for just a moment to say, “It’s going to be OK,” even offer you a glimpse of Tanner’s future. Right now, you’re overwhelmed with his recent diagnosis of oral and verbal apraxia, hypotonia, sensory processing disorder and dysarthria by SLPs, a pediatric neurologist, and a developmental pediatrician. It’s … More My Son is 17. A Letter to Myself When He Was 3 And Not Talking.