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Kids With Special Needs

My Son's Rendition Of 'Let It Go' Will Change The Way You Think About Singing

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.18.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Some people might listen and think that Max is just "trying" to sing. To them I'd say: change your definition of singing.

To The Troll Who Called My Son Ugly

Megan Davies Mennes | Posted 06.21.2014 | Parents
Megan Davies Mennes

This will not be the last time someone discounts my son because he is different. It will not be the last time someone makes a joke at his expense, but to actively seek out actual people to tease goes beyond cruel. It's inhuman.

17 Things You Can Say To A Parent Of A Child Who Has Special Needs Without Sounding Like a Jerk

Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D.

It's not hard to change your choice of wording; it just takes a moment to stop and think.

20 Reasons You Should Respect My Child With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

3. Because no matter what a child's diagnosis -- Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism -- he has a lot of obstacles to overcome in this world, and your respect can help fuel his confidence.

What To Do When You Think Another Parent Is Judging You

Laura Shumaker | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Laura Shumaker

If you are the parent of a child with "issues," you know what I am talking about. It's not easy to be on stage during tense moments like these. Still, the next time you think someone is judging you, try taking a step back.

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.

15 Things Never To Say To A Special Needs Parent

Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D.

I write this list in the hopes that it will be read by some of those good people who mean well but whose words can still be as sharp as knives.

My Child With A Disability Is Not My Hero

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Sarah Sweatt Orsborn

The tendency of parents of kids with special needs and disabilities to say their kids are "heroes" makes me deeply uncomfortable.

How I Told My 7-Year-Old Son He Has Down Syndrome

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

I am feeling my way here in a world that does not provide a manual for how you tell your kid they have Down syndrome.

How The 'Love Hormone' Could Help Kids With Autism

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

By: By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 12/02/2013 04:58 PM EST on LiveScience For children with autism, a dose of oxytocin — the so-c...

The Grief My Son Does Not Deserve

Ellen Seidman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Max's 11th birthday is coming up. My 11th anniversary as a mom is coming up. His birth will never be a happy event for me, yet why does it have to still hurt so much? It feels as if I am doing Max wrong by grieving this way. He doesn't deserve that.

What My Son's Diagnoses Won't Tell You

Jamie Krug | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

Figuring out what to do first, and who to call, and what meetings to set up, and where we go from here... We are in that mode again. And I can do that.

Does This 7-Year-Old Seem Exploited To You?

Ellen Seidman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Holly is a beautiful girl who happens to have CP. End of story. A great beginning for Holly!

Is It Bad To Give Kids And Teens With Disabilities Special Sports Treatment?

Ellen Seidman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

As the parent of a child with disability, I read the stories and watch the videos and I'm happy for the kids and parents. But lately, I've had concerns. What happens after the kid's moment in the spotlight is over?

How My Children Have Helped Me Become Perfectly Human

Andi Sligh | Posted 12.13.2013 | Parents
Andi Sligh

When I became a mom, I thought my job was to mold and shape my children into their best selves. To my surprise, my children have molded and shaped me.

Disney To Do Away With Guest Assistance Cards For Disabled Visitors

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents

The card that currently allows visitors with disabilities to skip attraction lines at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be replaced with...

Don't Call Us Great Parents Just Because We Have a Child With Disabilities

Ellen Seidman | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Considering parents of kids with special needs to be saints overestimates us, and underestimates our children.

What I Don't Wish For My Son With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

I will do whatever I can within my powers to pave the road Max walks on and make his path in life easier. But I love this kid, the one I got.

One Word That Can Change Our Understanding Of Kids With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 06.27.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

So often our kids' challenges are described in terms of impairment (disability, special needs), words that encompass their entire beings. But "rebel" makes it clear it's just a part of them that's acting up. It doesn't let their challenges define who they are.

I Am A Special Needs Warrior Mom

Ellen Seidman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

We are special needs warrior moms, and we are proud. Because when we look at the progress our kids make, and how far they have come, we know it's all worth it.

5 Things You Can Learn From My Potty-Training Saga

Babble.com | Posted 02.27.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

There is no magical age when kids are suddenly primed to go potty; it's all about their readiness level, and it's not something you can push or even force.