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Horses, Autism, and Healing

Tim Hayes | Posted 09.16.2015 | Books
Tim Hayes

Horses don't see a child with autism. They see a child. Autistic children know this, and it feels good to them. In order for anyone, autistic or otherwise, to grow, heal, and have positive relationships with others, they must first have a positive relationship with themselves.

How I've Learned To Love The Distance Between Me And My Son

Quiet Revolution | Priscilla Gilman | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

Priscilla Gilman, a teacher of romantic poetry who embraced Wordsworth’s vision of childhood’s spontaneous wonder, eagerly anticipated the birth o...

5 Things I Wish I'd Known When My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

Shawna Wingert | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

It's been years now since my son received his autism diagnosis. As I look back at all the progress we have made, and how much our life has changed for the better, I am so very grateful. As I look back, I can also see that many of the things we learned, we did so by trial and error.

Two Awesome Moms Blog About Special Needs Children

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Marcia G. Yerman

Parenting is a journey and a challenge. At #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us, I attended the panel, Storytelling Builds Bridges: I Want You To Know Me; Storytelling about Special Needs Parenting and Disability. It drew a room full of mothers and fathers of "atypical" children. The top takeaway was, "When you share your stories with virtual strangers, you are not alone."

The Wanderer

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 09.15.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

I hope you never experience this sensation. The empty bed, the helpless fear, the wide open door. My son was missing.

To the Mom Who Says My Child Is Too Young

Nicole Skaro | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

I wanted to just whisper, please cherish that youth. Cherish it and celebrate it. Celebrate the true belief and comfort in watching your children grow, the ignorance of their own mortality.

Back-To-School Means Back-To-Hell For Too Many Kids

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

Today I'm sending a shout-out to the moms and dads who're battling for their kids. Get some rest. Hug your child. Then lets pull each other out of our valleys and get BACK-to-school. I mean the loving-learning-friend-making-fun-filled-school!

There's No Quitting in Parenthood

Jennifer Cowie King | Posted 08.31.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Cowie King

No, I'm not going to quit today or any other day on you, my precious son. My beautiful boy with the wide blue eyes and impossibly blonde hair. As much as you confound and challenge me, you inspire me.

Couple Expands Family With Special Needs Adoption

Nadine Cheung | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents

Adam Owens and Karen Owens always wanted children, but they never thought they’d have a big family. However, after the tragic loss of their son, Gav...

You Are the Worst Part of Autism For Us

Shanell Mouland | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Listen up, I've had it up to my messy bun with you and your dangerously ignorant comments about children with autism and their parents. You know who you are. If you're reading this because someone shared it on social media, maybe that's because they wanted YOU to read it. Here's what you need to know.

Words Can Hurt; Words Can Heal

Becky Holland | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Becky Holland

It is late at night that the words sneakily return and disable reasoned thinking. The ceiling becoming a notice board for my thoughts, all pushing for my attention. "Could I have done more?"

Circus and the Healing Balm of Laughter

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 08.17.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

As I tour the country, I often have the opportunity to visit children in the hospital as part of the community outreach efforts of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®. These hospital visits always serve to remind me to be thankful for my physical health.

One Tough Interview

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 08.14.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

Of course it's hard to get any nine-year-old kid to really talk about his thought or feelings but with Evan it's different. I feel fortunate that he is verbal but even though he talks, there is so much he can't articulate. But that doesn't mean I stop trying.

Students Build Apps for Peers in Special Education

XPRIZE | Posted 08.12.2015 | Education

At San Elijo Middle School in San Diego, students are using their technology prowess to help fellow students with special needs learn. It began when one teacher's interest in his colleague's teaching methods blossomed into a program that uses technology as a learning aid for both of classes.

'Mama, Why Does I Always Mix Up?'

Shanell Mouland | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

As proud as we are that Kate is beginning to articulate more, it terrifies us that she is beginning to understand her differences, her deficits. Like any parent, our goal is to protect her. And everyday we wonder if we are doing it right.

7 Reasons I Wish I Could Be More Like My Son With Autism

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

While some people are private about their child's diagnosis, I am all about education and raising awareness so that people are more understanding of those who are different.

One Thing Every Parent Who Advocates for Their Child Should Know

Robin Finn | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Robin Finn

For parents of out-of-the-box kids, fighting with the school, er, I mean, advocacy, can be a way of life. I learned how to put on a mom war helmet. I taught myself how to go to battle. But it took a lot of strength. And, by the time middle school came around, mine was ebbing.

Open Letter to NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 07.31.2015 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

Of course no one wants bad teachers in front of children. The current system, though, seems to focus on student test scores rather than teacher quality. It seems to minimize teacher voice in favor of some idealized classroom that may or may not exist.

My Shame As a Teenage Sped

Max Baumbach | Posted 07.30.2015 | Education
Max Baumbach

Before I graduated from my special ed high school, the administration offered me a choice: I could receive a diploma with the name of my actual school, or a discrete diploma from a non-descript public school in the area.

The Intricate Web of Care

Angelle Albright | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Angelle Albright

Who could have ever predicted that the power of the world wide web would turn out to be a delicate roadway that can connect a villager in the Swedish ...

10 Emojis Special Needs Parents Could Really Use

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

"I had eleventy billion things to do today and only one got done"

Why I Chose Summer Camp

Caroline Catlin | Posted 07.23.2016 | College
Caroline Catlin

They've taught me about choosing joy over hardship, about embracing my own silliness, about how to work on things I needed to work on to in order to become the person I want to be. And most of all, perhaps, they've taught me to treasure the magic of small moments.

A Starting School Survival Guide for Parents of Children With Disabilities

Lee Lee | Posted 07.22.2016 | Parents
Lee Lee

Parents of kids with disabilities face all of the same anxieties that other parents face upon starting pre-school or kindergarten. There are also other concerns, many of which are more abstract and frightening. I've been there.

Three Family Friendly, Special Needs Accomodating, and Active Outings in the Smoky Mountains

Melissa Fenton | Posted 07.18.2016 | Travel
Melissa Fenton

Ready to get out of the summer theme park rut? Want to get your kids physically active and learning while having a blast? Check out these three summer destinations all perfect for families of all ages, and all within two hours of Atlanta.

Carrying the Torch for Inclusion, After the Games Are Over

Torrie Dunlap | Posted 07.22.2016 | Los Angeles
Torrie Dunlap

The Special Olympics World Games will, for a short period of time, make disability visible. But we should not be persuaded that this is what inclusion looks like, and should continue to fight for greater participation by students with disabilities in our schools, communities, and even our sports leagues.