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Special Needs Parenting

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.

Why I (Almost) Broke Up With IKEA

Julie M Green | Posted 06.13.2015 | Parents
Julie M Green

Just as more and more businesses are opening their doors to kids with differences, you weren't able to think outside your own big blue and yellow box that afternoon.

Tips on Designing Tablet Games for Visually Impaired Kids

Catriona Wallis | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Catriona Wallis

Our meeting with Marco was more fascinating than imagined. He described the eight reference points on a screen that a blind person uses to navigate. He told us about software and hardware that make mobile devices accessible to the blind.

Autism Acceptance: Don't Stop Believin'

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Two days before our 19-year-old autistic son Mickey leaves for sleep away camp, he asks to get a haircut. No big deal, right? But 15 years ago this would have been unthinkable.

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).

5 Things I Wish Others Understood About My Son With Down Syndrome

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

Two different parents reached out to my husband and I at the school to let us know their children wanted to help Thorin. I got the feeling I was going to be asked to write college references for these kids someday.

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.

8 Things I Wish I Could've Told Myself Before I Became A Special Needs Parent

Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. | Posted 05.23.2015 | Parents
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D.

Some days are going to be tough. You are going to fall into bed at the end of them and be amazed that you survived! But you will survive those days, and there will be so many wonderful, happy, love-filled days that will far outnumber the tough ones in the end.

Letting Go of Special Needs Parenting

Whitney Fleming | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Whitney Fleming

My journey with her hasn't changed. I will still advocate on her behalf and ensure she has the resources to succeed in this life; however, I am slowly accepting that our path heads in a different direction.

hen Winning The Lottery And Being Lucky Means Being Able To Care For Your Special Needs Child

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

I know what Marie Holmes meant about wanting to provide for her children. I am the mother of a special needs child, and I know the hurt of wanting to provide for your child, and also the advantage of being lucky enough to do so.

To My Son's Cub Scouts Leaders -- Thank You!

Marla Murasko | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Marla Murasko

He gained wonderful friendships, and learned that he can do certain things like ride a bike, build a car or rocket, speak in front of others and learn responsibility.

Helping My Son Learn to Talk

Nitzia Logothetis | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Nitzia Logothetis

It is so hard to acknowledge that your child may need help. It's easy to worry that you have done something wrong as a parent. But I know now that the benefits of seeking support far outweigh the stress of wondering if there might be something wrong and trying to manage everything on your own.