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Raising Kids With Special Needs

This Girl's Small Kindness For My Special Needs Kid Was Major

Ellen Seidman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

A couple of times, Sadie -- the middle child -- came over and started dancing with Max, waving her arms and grinning. He just stood there, amused (I think he could really get used to having girls dance around him).

My Son's Disability Doesn't Make Me A 'Special Kind Of Person'

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

Believe me, I am not diminishing my work as a mother. I am not pretending that my son is just like everyone else. But when we glorify his friends, or his mother, or his one-day prom date, we imply that he is less-than.

What Can Be Mended, And What Cannot

Jamie Krug | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

How did this little monkey become a symbol for how simple it was supposed to be? How much my dreams for my boy have had to be continuously ripped open, then sewn back up with a thread that is clearly not strong enough to hold.

What It Really Means To Be An Advocate For My Daughter

Robert Rummel-Hudson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Robert Rummel-Hudson

Sometimes I feel fear when I ponder Schuyler's future, but with that fear also comes something that looks and feels very much like hope. It's the hope that society can undergo a kind of sea change.

How Labels Fail Our Kids

Ellen Seidman | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

When people figure that Max has autism because he looks or acts a certain way, or when people think that kids with autism are like Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, they presume to know what our children are like -- which does our kids a major disservice.

What Everyone Should Know About Cerebral Palsy

Ellen Seidman | Posted 05.25.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

What does it really mean to have cerebral palsy? Until I had a child with CP, I had no clue that it affects every person differently. As with any human, kids and adults with CP are as unique as their thumbprints.

Mom's Inspiring Kickstarter Campaign For Son With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 06.18.2012 | Parents

An Oregon mother's "crazy, imperfect, pie-in-the-sky, Dear-God-please-let-this-work idea" to raise money for her son's medical treatments is well on i...