Sensory Processing Disorder Doesn’t Mean She Can’t Handle It

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

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

I Wish My Son Could Wear a Sign That Says “I’m Not Rude, I Have Sensory Processing Disorder”

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”

The Love of a Special Needs Mother is Like the Ocean. Eternal. Exhausting.

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 Son is 17. A Letter to Myself When He Was 3 And Not Talking.

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.