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Special Thanks From a Special Needs Mom

Bonnie Zampino | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Bonnie Zampino

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I've been reading my friends' Facebook entries of all the things they are thankful for. And I've been reflec...

What It's Like to Be a Mother of a Chronically Ill Child

Shawna Wingert | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

These diagnoses feel so heavy. At times, I have found some words. I have been able to open up about little things that happen, to my friends and my husband. It feels good to admit it. This is real. He is actually chronically ill. This isn't going away.

Let Your Advocacy Voice Be Heard

Marla Murasko | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Marla Murasko

A lot of people are comfortable in the "online" space, but I'm here to tell you to let your advocacy message have a voice, have a face! Above you see me doing a presentation about Down Syndrome Awareness and Inclusion to my son's class.

Lessons Learned as a Special Needs Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I would be lying if I said it has been easy. It hasn't been. But through it all there is Lizzy. Her spirit and smile can light up a room. She adores her family, fashion, music, jewelry, and animals. It is her drive and spirit that spur me on when I literally have nothing left in my "mom tank."

How My Son With Autism Forced Me out of My Comfort Zone in a Good Way

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 10.04.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

I'm a relatively quiet person, but after my son Evan was diagnosed with autism I became an advocate in ways I could never have imagined.

Our Special Kids: The Common Denominator

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 09.24.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

Parenting is tough stuff. Really tough at times. And it doesn't matter if you have one kid or seven of them. It doesn't matter if your child is embracing his terrible twos or acting like a moody teenager (and she's only seven).

What Being a 'Special Needs' Mom Has Taught Me About Just Plain Being a Mom

Shawna Wingert | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

When your child wants to snuggle just a little longer, snuggle. When you worry about spoiling your child because you snuggle them so much, please know there will come a time when snuggling with you is the last thing they will ever want to do. Snuggle now. Snuggle long. You will miss it.

Photo Series Exposes The Joy And Heartache Of Raising Kids With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.21.2015 | Parents

Photographer Natalie McCain has made headlines for her "Honest Body Project" -- an empowering collection of photo series that feature moms in a s...

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.

It Takes a Village

Lauren Casper | Posted 09.09.2015 | Parents
Lauren Casper

They say it takes a village to raise a child. I used to bristle at that phrase and think to myself, "I don't want anyone raising our children but me and my husband. We didn't bring them home so someone else could raise them!" But I didn't understand what the phrase meant.

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."

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.

I'm Not That Strong, and YES, Some Days I Want to Hate God

Nicole Skaro | Posted 08.20.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

Maybe I am stronger than I think. Yes, some days I want to be mad and even hate God. But, I can't because I am blessed. I am loved and my horror is someone else's dream and I remember that every day.

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"

An Honest, Tear-Jerking Account Of Becoming A Father

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents

It's impossible to anticipate the challenges that may arise in the journey to becoming a parent. Telegraph political cartoonist Bob Moran shared h...

Special Recognition for a Very Special Girl

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

When you are the parent of a special needs child, you see your kid get a lot of awards and trophies for putting in the amazing effort it takes to complete anything. All the kids are superstars. I have never seen my daughter singled out for an accomplishment.

An Autism Service Dog Answers Your Questions, Part Two

Shanell Mouland | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

I know with my soft fur and ears like velvet, it can be excruciating to look and not touch. I hope you can be strong, because along with this handsome physique of mine, I have a set of skills that set me apart from other dogs.

A Choosy Mom on Choosing Schools

Smart Parents | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

After spending many wonderful years in our church preschool, it was time for my daughter to transfer to public school. As any mom can attest to, this can be an emotional time. When you have a child with special needs, it can be unnerving.

Dad Says He Was Fired For Asking Coworkers Not To Say The R-Word

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents

When Pennsylvania dad Bruce Casper heard his coworkers repeatedly use the R-word, he complained to upper management. As a result of his speaking out, ...

The 'Some Days' When You're a Special Needs Family

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Will the boys resent the time and energy their sister required? What will they have to deal with when my husband and I are no longer here? Who will take care of Lizzy when we can't do it ourselves?

Understanding How My Son With Autism Sees the World

Jennifer Lovy | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Lovy

Every once in a while I get a really good glimpse into his world, and it's a place that is unbelievably fascinating. He invites me in without knowing it. I want to stay longer, but that's not always possible.

Want to Know What It's Like to Go Out in Public When Your Child Uses a Wheelchair?

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

No one is being cruel. In fact, everyone is being positively dramatically spectacularly kind. Do their stares and smiles and comments make you angry? Of course not. But they do make you a bit, well... tired. Because you very quickly realize that it's not just your baby that everyone is watching. They're watching you too.

One Magic Moment

Rob Ashe | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Rob Ashe

While the two of them danced, Elsa walked over to have a conversation with our oldest. We explained that she wouldn't reply back, but Elsa continued to speak to our daughter just like we do. She may not reply, but that doesn't mean she is not worthy of our words and attention.

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.

Finding Strength on the Vulnerable Journey to Autism Diagnosis

Laurie Ashley | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Laurie Ashley

The year leading to diagnosis was the darkest and brightest year for me. As a mother, I was vulnerable and that humbled me. My radar kicked in. This was no longer about me. This was about him.