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Special Needs Parenting

When the Unthinkable Happens at School: Keeping Your Child Safe

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

I watched Sandy Hook on the news last year and the tornado-torn Plaza Towers news reports and tried to imagine my child in the middle of such chaos. People with disabilities were among the hardest hit in disaster areas of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Yes, My Child With Special Needs Understands You -- Please Talk To Him

Ellen Seidman | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

When you meet a kid with disabilities, talk to him, not just his parent. If he doesn't seem up for interacting, back off.

To The Typical Siblings

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

You are perhaps more mature than someone your age. You've probably had more responsibilities than most of your peers. I guess in some ways you've lived a different life, life impacted by disability.

Autism In Our Family

Courtney Fitzgerald | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Courtney Fitzgerald

He alone makes me a better mother than I thought I would ever have to be. Every point he makes, I see his side -- and I pray he understands that I'm ALWAYS on his team.

The Reality of Being a Special Needs Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 08.06.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I am not the same naive young mom who thought she could solve any problem that came her way. I know better.

Autism Parents Build Virtual Birdhouse for Others

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 08.10.2014 | Technology
Rabbi Jason Miller

Dani Gillman was a single mom in Metro Detroit with an autistic daughter, Brodie, who ran a popular blog detailing her daughter's challenges and successes as a way to help other parents of autistic children.

To The Me Of 10 Years Ago

Phoebe Holmes | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Phoebe Holmes

You will learn to be a fighter. You will find strength you never realized you had and overcome your fear of confrontation. You do this because not doing this is not an option. That baby girl needs you to be this way. And you're not about to let that girl down.

Summer Camp for a Child With Special Needs: Learning New Things, Meeting New Friends and Trying Something You Never Tried!

Marla Murasko | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Marla Murasko

A lot of camps may encourage inclusion for children with special needs to take part in their camp activities with their typical peers.

The Supreme Court Takes a Stand on the Term 'Mental Retardation'

Ellen Seidman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

Using more neutral terminology to describe a person with intellectual disability, when they need to be described at all, is just one more way to respect them. Not the only way, of course; just one. An easy one.

Recipe for Good Mothering

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

It is the directions we ignore, the techniques we adapt and the new processes we create that make each batch wonderfully unique -- and never exactly the same.

5 Helpful Practices for Parents of Children With Special Needs

KnowMore TV | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

Only when we are functioning well physically, emotionally and spiritually can we address the often constant needs of our children.

15 Things I'm Aware Of As The Mother Of A Son With Autism

Allie Smith | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Allie Smith

I know there's some really bad stuff that goes along with having a child with autism. But I'm also aware that there's an abundance of gratitude, support, grace, hope, happiness, acceptance and love in our life thanks, in part, to autism.

How to Thrive: The Third Metric Approach to Parenting

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

Being the mother of a special needs child has given me a unique perspective. I have the ability to celebrate the simple moments of parenting, but it has also made fluid my own definition of what I perceive successful parenting to be.

Doctors Said This Baby Would Never Crawl. Watch Her Prove Them Very Wrong.

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 04.03.2014 | Parents

In the fall of 2012, photographer Michelle Nagle posted a photo of her then 4-year-old daughter, Eden, taking wobbly, but ever-surer steps with her wa...

Special Needs Parenting: What Dies, What Is Born

Caurie Putnam | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Caurie Putnam

A little piece of me died on the day Brady was born, but much more of me was reborn.

The Question I Shouldn't Have Asked About My Special Needs Child

Ellen Seidman | Posted 05.12.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

The best piece of advice I ever got about raising a child with special needs was to look at how he's doing, not at his medical records or the X-rays of his brain with all the grayish-white blobs where the damage occurred.

To The Manager At California Pizza Kitchen

Allie Smith | Posted 05.07.2014 | Parents
Allie Smith

I wish I had accepted your grace, rather than running away with my tail between my legs. Kindness is all around, and you reminded me of that.

I Made This Baby

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

We never planned to have more kids, but we were so happy as a family, we never really planned not to.

This Is What I Think The Autism Community Needs To STOP Doing

Jim Walter | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents
Jim Walter

I'm not saying my life or child's should become someone else's teaching moment. I'm just saying, the same perspective that we supposedly gain by virtue of having an autistic child, we somehow selectively forget when given the opportunity to apply it to our NT parent friends.

Special Needs Parents, You Are Not Invisible

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

You parent a child with special needs and sometimes you feel alone and invisible. But you are not. Today, I want to tell you that I see you.

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.

This Is Real, This Is Us, This Is Love

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

I feel her sigh as she lays against me. Her body now almost as long as mine, laying now like she did so often as an infant, her head against my breast, her long curls masking her face. This first daughter of mine, I would do anything for -- this is real, this is us, this is love.

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.

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.

Dear 'Daddy' In Seat 16C

Shanell Mouland | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

You could have shifted uncomfortably in your seat. You could have ignored her. You could have given me that "smile" that I despise because it means; "manage your child please." You did none of that.