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Special Needs Son

What I Learned From My Son After The Death Of Our Dog

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

Thorin made accommodations for his friend's fragility. The forts he built for the two of them now had a cushy bed for Walt. He understood Walt could no longer jump up on his bed, needing to sleep on the floor instead.

Unspoken Bonds

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

There is a bond between brothers that I see each day within my house. And there is a bond between a boy with a disability and his brother that is different than any other I have known.

How Not To Compliment My Son's Appearance

Lisa Eicher | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Lisa Eicher

I can't count the number of times I have been told that Archie "hardly even looks like he has Down syndrome."

I See You There, Judging My Child

Angela Keck | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Angela Keck

There are a lot of things about my child that you don't see. You don't know that he loves me with his whole heart, without reservation and without hesitation.

For Special Needs Parents, Every Milestone Is Major

Ellen Seidman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

When Max walks, says a word, feeds himself, picks up an object, uses his pointer finger, reads a word, writes his name, climbs the stairs, goes to the bathroom or uses his iPad speech app, I'll suddenly be filled with gratitude that he is able to do what he does. I take none of it for granted.

Saying Goodbye to Class

John M. Simmons | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

My son wasn't very old when we realized that one of his greatest talents was to be able to make people feel loved and happy. When that is combined with people who like to see Jack feel loved and happy, magic happens.

How My Son Changed My Sense of Time

Jamie Krug | Posted 05.12.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I should have been happy, sweetly satisfied that day, at that moment. It should have felt like a celebration -- something to look forward to. If only I could stop myself from looking back, from feeling those feelings from that exact day four years earlier washing over me at random intervals.

Moving Forward

Joanne De Simone | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Joanne De Simone

Another young boy sped toward us on his bike. I made comparisons, knowing I was breaking another rule. Don't compare your child to anyone else. I couldn't help it. The sight of him seemed to reaffirm the success of our experiment. We were having a normal day in the park.

An Open Letter To My Special Needs Son

Marla Murasko | Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents
Marla Murasko

As you get older, will you still want me to sit next to your bed and rub your back when you feel sick or scared? Whether you do or don't, I pray to God, as my face gets another wrinkle and the circles under my eyes get bigger and darker, to give me the strength to care for you.