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Special Needs Children

When Your Sibling Has Special Needs, Your Needs Are Special Too

Heather C. Miller | Posted 04.01.2016 | Parents
Heather C. Miller

I know not everyone's story is the same. Some siblings may have better coping skills to deal with the ups and downs. Some people are naturally good at looking at the bright side, while others need some help finding the light... and that's OK too.

New Understanding and Hope for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Based in Brain and Movement Sciences

Anat Baniel | Posted 04.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

When we create conditions that help the child's brain perceive differences better, the brain gets new information with which the child can then make sense of herself, of her experiences, and of the world around her. When you do this, you are connecting with your child. She begins to get out of her fog and can begin to connect more with you.

What To Really Expect When You're Expecting. The Lost Chapters.

Eileen O'Connor | Posted 03.30.2016 | Parents
Eileen O'Connor

When I was a little girl I always dreamed of getting married and having kids. I wanted to have five kids. I just couldn't wait to be a mom. I thought it would be so fun and that I'd be really good at it.

It's Never Too Late To Ask Once Again

Cecilie Aslaksen | Posted 03.24.2016 | Parents
Cecilie Aslaksen

If you have a child with autism, you'd understand the headline instantly. Your daily routine isn't about getting up, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush your teeth and be on your way to school or job. That's for everyone else.

Real Talk: I Want My Daughter to Love Herself, Down Syndrome and All

The Stir | Posted 03.23.2016 | Parents
The Stir

I want her to look in a mirror and think she's beautiful, not because she looks like a supermodel, or because she looks like someone with Down Syndrome, but because she's herself, Jo Jo, and that's an amazing thing to be.

The Letter I Wish I Read When Facing My Child's Unknown Diagnosis

Ali Cummins | Posted 03.18.2016 | Parents
Ali Cummins

As I write you this letter, you're sitting in a hospital exam room patiently waiting for the neurologist and a possible diagnosis for your youngest daughter. And since I'm the future you, I know what's about to happen.

Time to Embrace Moms and Dads of Challenging Kids

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 03.17.2016 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

These kids in the margins with all the complicated labels -- they're growing in numbers. Every day. These parents need each of us, whether we have a challenging kid or not, to lift one another upward, with hearts woven together.

My heart rejoices but my eyes still cry

Miriam Gwynne | Posted 03.17.2016 | Parents
Miriam Gwynne

I can be happy for you. I know I can. I am a mum too. I understand pride in your child. I get why you want to share because I do too. You see my hear...

How My Niece With Down Syndrome Taught Me How to Live

Phoebe Fox | Posted 03.17.2016 | Parents
Phoebe Fox

"God put Down syndrome people on earth to show the rest of us what a**holes we are." The comment--from my best friend--made me laugh at a time when n...

To the Special Needs Parent Who Thinks They are Not Enough

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 03.11.2016 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

Sometimes you feel as if you are not enough. But you don't need more motivation, inspiration, or research. You don't need more one-on-one time with yo...

Standardized Tests for the Struggling Student

Linda Scruggs | Posted 03.10.2016 | Parents
Linda Scruggs

For the sake of the kid in the Facebook post, for the strugglers, for all our kids, I sincerely hope we figure this out soon. How does school differ today compared to when you attended? Did you have a special teacher that made a positive impact on you?

I'm Not the Person I Was Before I Had a Child With Special Needs

The Mighty | Posted 03.10.2016 | Parents
The Mighty

By Melissa Schlemmer, Team Christopher S The other day I was reading a post reminding parents not to lose themselves or forget who they were before...

When Your Child Isn't At Grade Level

Shawna Wingert | Posted 03.11.2016 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

As convenient as it would be for them to achieve grade level expectations, this is just simply not possible sometimes. More importantly, when I think about who they are becoming, what matters most in their lifetime, and how they will be most successful as adults, the less reading levels and math standards even matter.

How to Appear Calm in Any Situation

Heather Davis | Posted 03.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Heather Davis

As a parent there are many times we might feel stress, worry, or anxiety, but we want our kids to feel calm and safe. Appearing calm in hard situations can help our families and help us. But how do you do it?

There Is No 'Better' or 'Worse' When It's Your Child

Melissa Hogan, JD | Posted 03.03.2016 | Parents
Melissa Hogan, JD

Diseases and disabilities, illnesses, special needs, challenges, they are not a contest. There is no worse or better. There is only love. And parenting. And heartache. And joy.

What All Parents Need to Know About the Release of Information and the California Department of Education

Christine Bronstein | Posted 03.01.2016 | San Francisco
Christine Bronstein

What if your school emailed you that your child was tied to their chair with rope at school, but the school declined to tell you anything more? Well, ...

I Am That Mom

Shawna Wingert | Posted 02.26.2016 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

I am that mom. Again. The mom with the son who is struggling in social settings. The mom with the son who is making unusual movements in an effort to calm his anxiety. The mom with the son who struggles to get people to understand him when he says his own name.

(Don't!) Stop Being So Sensitive

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 02.25.2016 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

Today, my sensitivity isn't a hindrance, it's my guide: I write daily poetry on twitter, I paint, and I share my candid perspective in essays like this one and in my upcoming novel. I work with the homeless when I can, connect with other moms of special needs children, and spend a lot of time trying to parent from my gut. Sensitivity is a heavy burden -- because it's made of gold.

Finding Where You Belong as a Special Needs Mom

Ali Cummins | Posted 02.23.2016 | Parents
Ali Cummins

An uneasy feeling settled in my stomach. I never had envisioned that parenting a child with special needs would define me in the minds of others. There was a lot more to me than being a "special needs mom".

Washington Capitals and Dreams For Kids DC empower children with disabilities

Andrew Horn | Posted 02.22.2016 | Good News
Andrew Horn

For the sixth-consecutive year, the Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation are teaming up with Dreams for Kids DC (DFKDC) to host an adaptive Ice Hockey clinic for special needs children in the DC Metro region.

I'm Not Sorry

Erin Raffety | Posted 02.16.2016 | Parents
Erin Raffety

Oh, how it pains me to hear those well-meaning, little words.

9 Tools for New Special Needs Parents

Kera Washburn | Posted 02.15.2016 | Parents
Kera Washburn

Every parent wishes they had a handbook to guide them through the journey of raising children. But when you have a child that has been diagnosed with...

The Day My Life As a Parent Changed Forever

Kera Washburn | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Kera Washburn

It began like any other day. I was a new mom to the cutest redheaded toddler you'd ever seen. I graduated from college the year before; my husband was...

18 Tips for Preparing for an IEP Meeting

Kera Washburn | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Kera Washburn

The form sent home should say who will be attending. Call if you want to know for sure. You really need to know who will be there so you can be ready for possible confrontations or situations that might arise. Knowing that the special education director for the school district is coming really changes how you prepare.

The Long-Term Emotional Consequences of Toxic H2O in Flint, Michigan

Jerome Schultz | Posted 02.05.2016 | Parents
Jerome Schultz

It goes without saying that support for appropriate educational intervention for these victims becomes a moral obligation for the civic leaders of Flint. However, we must not ignore the long-term collateral effects of this thoughtless and disastrous re-routing of a water supply through a network of toxic conduits.