Is School Too Risky For Your Child Right Now?

Schools in every state across the country are scheduled to open this fall. This includes public, private and chartered schools. Most are opening their doors for in-person instruction and abbreviated days and/or hours. Watching the process unfold, it appears that decision makers are assuming that students and teachers are all low risk for contracting the […]

Changing of the Season from Inside Four Walls

As I sit inside the same four walls in the comfort of my own home, doing everything in my power to protect my son from the worldwide pandemic I can’t help but feel angry, grateful, envious, blessed and a whole lot of other emotions. Parents of children with special needs have always been in a […]

Our Real Life Outside of Social Media

We live in a world that is dominated by social media. When you walk through towns, malls, parks, you’re likely to see people glued to their phones. They’ll be on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or WhatsApp. There are many advantages to social media but there are many disadvantages also. Social media helps us keep in touch […]

We Chat All the Time…We Just Don’t Use Words

Being a parent of a child with special needs, one of the biggest challenges you will face will be communicating back and forth with your child. Understanding your child’s wants and needs may be more difficult for some of you for obvious reasons. There are many forms of non-verbal communication such as hand gestures, eye […]

What’s Your Child’s Learning Style?

Your child will learn many things in life – how to listen, speak, crawl, walk, read, write and do math. Some skills may be harder to learn than others and while some skills will be mastered others will not. Your child may hit the typical milestones or create their own milestones. As parents of children […]

I Can’t Do This Anymore

How many times have we said to ourselves, “I just can’t anymore”? Chances are we’ve said it more times than we want to admit. The same exhausting routine, the sleep deprivation, the feeling of isolation, so many mixed emotions that leave us feeling desperate and hopeless. Then someone says something to us or something happens […]

All Kids Just Want to be Accepted and Included

Like all kids, kids living with special needs want to feel like they belong. Some kids can’t speak, some can’t talk and some have very different appearances, but they still have feelings and can comprehend. Nothing breaks a parent’s heart more than when a child says something mean to our child. We wish all kids […]

Special Needs Families are as Different or the Same as Any others

Parenting a child with special needs is difficult emotionally, physically, and financially. But every family is special in their own way. When meeting families, any families, we often have the idea that we can look at each other or comment to one another with common language and understanding. But you may be surprised at the […]

We May Have Everything in Common and Nothing in Common

Pick any two families of children with special needs and they may seem to have little in common. Even children with similar diagnosis may have very unique circumstances. One may be challenged with mental illness, learning problems, behavior issues or medical concerns. Although every special needs child is different and every family is unique, there […]

Living With the Guilt

Having a child with a disability can certainly be difficult. There are moments where we wonder if anyone will ever understand or get what it is like to walk in our shoes. Does anyone around us really “get it”? How many times do we feel guilty for seeing ONLY our child’s disability instead of WHO […]