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Parenting Special Needs Children

Autism Acceptance: Don't Stop Believin'

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 04.03.2015 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Two days before our 19-year-old autistic son Mickey leaves for sleep away camp, he asks to get a haircut. No big deal, right? But 15 years ago this would have been unthinkable.

Finding the Magic From My Soapbox

Audrey Hayworth | Posted 11.22.2014 | Parents
Audrey Hayworth

If you don't know the parent you are judging, just stop. And if you do know them, proceed with kindness.

How My Son Showed Me A Depth I Didn't Know I Had

Posted 03.13.2015 | OWN

As a young man, writer Hamilton Cain loved his freewheeling, fun-filled life. But when the birth of his first son brought unimagined challenges, h...

What If She Lives With Us Forever?

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

What I once feared so much is something I now would welcome with open arms. I enjoy my daughter, and the thought of having her around makes me smile.

Bringing the ADHD Debate Into Sharper Focus, Part 3: The Importance of Adult Diagnosis for the Whole Family

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

With diagnosis, 40+ years of contradictions fell into place. A smart girl who didn't cause trouble, with just enough anxiety to propel me to action, I had flown under the radar screen for four decades.

A Letter To The Mom Who Stared At My Child With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

I notice the stare-glares every single time, and a mix of emotions runs through me: Fury. Distress. Heartache for my son. And confusion: What exactly is the problem here?

I Wish You Could See What I See

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

Love changes things, even perspectives. I know it changed mine.

Losing It

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 01.16.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

My daughter was surfing the Internet and asked me why Britney Spears shaved her head a few years back. "She was having a nervous breakdown," I explained. My daughter looked at me thoughtfully. "Isn't that what you have sometimes?" she asked. GULP.