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Top ten hopes for the new school year

Twas the night before school starts, when all through the house not a creature was stirring… Heck, who am I kidding.  Everyone is still stirring.  There’s an air of excitement, despair, hope, and sadness.  No one is really ready for the summer to end.  Summer brings about more carefree days spent with family and who […]

What is inclusion and why does it matter?

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

Inclusion. It’s a word that is stressed by parents of special needs often. It’s simple. Inclusion is the act of including. Inclusion means feeling part of something larger than yourself and feeling like you belong. It’s a feeling, we all take for granted, but if we never had that sense of belonging, it would make a seriously detrimental impact on our lives.

When It Clicks and Abstract Ideas Become Concrete

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Most children on the spectrum, learn best by really repetitive teaching like ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis).  Brian responds well to this and has learned many things over the years, that some professionals tried to say he’d never learn. However, sometimes children on the spectrum have a really hard time generalizing what they are learning.  What […]

The Oddities & Possibilities of In-Home Services

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For over two years, we have been sitting on a waiting list for specialized Section 28 services.  Section 28 services provide an individual with a disability with a worker(s) who will help them with behavior management, community involvement, and activities of daily living.  There is a subdivision within Section 28 that is referred to as […]

To The Table of Compassion & Empathy, Thank You!

We had a whole slew of errands to get through this morning and it’s not always easy to make a lot of stops with Brian in tow as transitions are very tricky for him.  He started fussing after the third stop so like any great Mom, I bribed him and his brother with some fast food […]

Speaking Through Movie Scripts

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  It’s hard to explain Brian’s language capabilities to people who don’t know him or know autism. You can’t hold a conversation with him very often and he usually can’t answer most questions.  The professionals label him “functionally nonverbal”, as he has a huge vocabulary of words but he doesn’t communicate with them.  However,  he […]

Give Me Naughty Any Day

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This week my son got a hold of a huge bottle of hair spray.  And I mean HUGE. Mama is trying to grow out her bangs so hair spray has become a necessity.  He sprayed it all over the bathroom until it was empty.  It was a wonderful thing to come home to a sticky, hard […]

From the diary of a tired, emotional special-needs Mom.

As it goes with these ugly truth posts, I wrote this in an emotional fever. Not even going back to edit it. And then it sat in my drafts, me too scared to hit “Publish”, too scared to really share the emotions that go with this gig. Me going back and rereading it over and over again- can I share this? Can I put myself out there? And then I always get that nagging thought- “You are not alone. There’s so many families out there in this same exact position. 1 in freaking 45 families according to the newest data. Other people need to know they are not alone too. That’s why you started blogging.” So here it is. Straight from my diary.