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5 Truths from 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime'

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 06.05.2016 | Parents
Harriet Heydemann

Although my daughter, Ariela, did not have autism, we had a lot in common with the family in the play. Without giving too much away, here are just a few of the play's insights that I related to.

The Day Social Media Ripped Me Apart For Taking My Son To The Theater

Nicole Skaro | Posted 06.01.2016 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

When we tell our children to look away or don't look at people who are different, we are teaching our children that those children are invisible and to ignore them.

5-Year-Old With Autism Captures Her World in Stunning Photos

Shanell Mouland | Posted 05.21.2016 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Kate has autism. She loves Ninja Turtles and kicking dirt. She loves her dog and just about everyone she meets. She's recently taken an interest in photography, and she'd like to share some of her photos with you. I think you'll be impressed.

Since When Is Autism A Competition?

Julie M Green | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Autism is not a competition. It's a spectrum, with challenges common enough to fall under the same diagnostic family tree, yet different enough for the grass to seem greener on the other side.

Groundhog Day and Its Evil Twin

Kate Welch | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

As cloying and exhausting as it can be to submit to a rigid routine, it is horribly chaotic when that routine is disrupted.

The Next Frontier For A Special Needs Princess And Her Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Why my daughter? Why my family? It's not fair. It's just not fair. I'm ashamed to admit these were the feelings that were going through my head.

Sometimes That Handicapped Permit Is For a Kid

Kate Welch | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Kate Welch

If you are ever tempted to question the legality of a handicapped permit, please leave it to the police. Not all handicaps are visible.

10 Things I Learned From My Special Needs Child

Angela J. Kim | Posted 05.30.2015 | Parents
Angela J. Kim

Pain is a natural part of life. As long as we keep our eyes and hearts on the rainbow, rainy days are no longer unbearable.

If I'd Let Fear Paralyze Me, I Wouldn't Have My Daughter

Jessica Bensten | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

I was afraid having a child with cancer had labeled me as defective. Everyone else was having healthy kids, so there must be something wrong with me.

These Diapers Are Bullsh*t, Aren't They?

Shanell Mouland | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

You are in the diaper aisle. The far end where they keep the biggest diapers. The frown on your face tells me you are discouraged that they stopped at size six. Your boy can barely squeeze into them and they are useless through the night. I only recently left the diaper aisle myself.

What I Wish I Knew Then

Kathy Radigan | Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Remember it was never her job to be the dream child you expected. Children are their own people, whatever their challenges are. Give her the freedom to be the Elizabeth she's meant to be.

I Wanted To Run Away Today

Kathy Radigan | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Today was one of those days where I questioned every choice I ever made in my 48 years on this planet. I thought back to a time in my life when my house was quiet, and all I had to think about was myself.

Please Segregate My Special Needs Child

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Eliot Borenstein

Inclusion is a wonderful idea, and should always be the goal whenever it is reasonable. But inclusion must not be treated as an inflexible ideology.

My Child Can't be Defined By A Parent Intake Form

Kathy Radigan | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

The other day I was in the middle of my morning routine of packing snacks, reminding people to wear underwear and ordering them to brush their teeth when I happened to see it, my special needs daughter's red take home folder.

The Day My Favorite Waitress Made Me Cry

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I always describe myself as being a special needs mom, but in reality we are a special needs family. We have not had to tell our boys to feel responsible for Lizzy, they do that because they love her.

The Reality of Being a Special Needs Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I am not the same naive young mom who thought she could solve any problem that came her way. I know better.

Just One of the Girls

Wendy Ferguson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Wendy Ferguson

For all of Abby's 9 years, I admit that I have been a very protective parent. Even before we knew she had special needs, let alone a terminal illness, I found myself trying to protect her from actual and perceived dangers.

Recipe for Good Mothering

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

It is the directions we ignore, the techniques we adapt and the new processes we create that make each batch wonderfully unique -- and never exactly the same.

I Made This Baby

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

We never planned to have more kids, but we were so happy as a family, we never really planned not to.

The Words That Remind Me Of My Daughter's Strength

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

As I turn the corner in our neighborhood, I catch sight of my pink and purple Rainbow Loom bracelet against the steering wheel; it is one of the first Zoe made. It stays on my right hand as a reminder not to underestimate my girl, and all she has taught us along the way.

This Is Real, This Is Us, This Is Love

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

I feel her sigh as she lays against me. Her body now almost as long as mine, laying now like she did so often as an infant, her head against my breast, her long curls masking her face. This first daughter of mine, I would do anything for -- this is real, this is us, this is love.

6 Secrets Of Strong Special Needs Dads

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 08.15.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

No matter how many precautions they take, how physically present they are, how hard they work to support their family, even how hard they try, special needs dads will see their child and their family experience pain, over and over and over again.

What I Know About Motherhood Now That I Have A Child With Special Needs

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

Zoe begins most mornings feeling tired, and my perpetual mom mantra is to encourage her to keep moving -- to just "try" and "do her best." These are lessons I try to internalize, too.

A Mother's Day Letter For A Special Needs Mom

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

This letter is for the Special Needs Mom, whose child is unable to write or say the words this Mom may long to hear.