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Special Needs Parenting

To The Me Of 10 Years Ago

Phoebe Holmes | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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.

How A Conversation I Dreaded Turned Into A True Christmas Gift

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

I never imagined that she would thank me. That she would be the one to make sure our holiday magic remains, by reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas and how special our family time together will always be -- even without Santa.

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.

'Special:' A Poem Written By a Mom For Her Special Needs Son

Marla Murasko | Posted 12.15.2013 | Parents
Marla Murasko

When you start thinking about becoming a Mom the first things that pop into your mind is whether you will have a boy or a girl, what will the name be and what they will be when they grow up. You don't stop to think will he/she have special needs! Down Syndrome!

How Motherhood Changes the Texture in Our Lives

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

For me, I know no other love like the obsessive, unconditional vulnerable love a mother has for her child; it can be both strengthening and devastating.

Slowing Down To Splash In The Rain

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 12.03.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

As I continued to lift her into the car, very softly she exclaimed "that was fun..," and instead of reaching for her seat belt as I had planned, in reverse I helped her back out of the car, until we stood facing each other, our feet planted in the same puddle.

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.