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Dyspraxia

Swimming Upstream

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 08.03.2013 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

"Asperger's" is not a dirty word to be whispered. It is part of my son's makeup, the same as his brown hair and his hazel eyes.

Labels for Kids Aren't Always Bad

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 12.02.2012 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

These labels -- Asperger's, ADD, Dyslexic, Dyspraxic -- do not define or restrict our children, but they can help others to understand our childrens' unique challenges as well as their special gifts. This heightened understanding can bring our children support, respect and empathy.

Mountain Battles: Music Can Save Your Life, Even for Just One Night

Dafna Maor | Posted 09.25.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

The concert gave me a fantastic memory to take along with me. But it didn't change my life; it just made it better for a few hours, maybe even days. And that's how life works.

Special Needs Crossroads

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 08.26.2012 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

No one holds your hand when you are a special needs parent. No one leads you through the tangled web of diagnoses, treatment plans, nutritional input and educational advice.

When My Son Was Diagnosed with Autism, I Started my Life Over

Dafna Maor | Posted 08.06.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

The journey from that black hole of despair into which I fell in the weeks after "the diagnosis," as many parents call that fateful moment in their lives, back into light, took years. It is still underway.

What Every Mother Needs

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 05.26.2012 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

We are not only mothers, we are warriors -- forced to fight for our children, to often question the medical community and seek alternate therapies.

Direct Learning

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 05.04.2012 | Parents
Leda Natkin Nelis

Children on the autistic spectrum need to carefully learn and practice behaviors that come relatively naturally to the rest of us. Despite the extra effort it may take my son to integrate these behaviors, he ultimately masters them with great aplomb.