special needs kids
The series is titled 'Defined by Our Hearts.'
Kate has autism. She loves Ninja Turtles and kicking dirt. She loves her dog and just about everyone she meets. She's recently taken an interest in photography, and she'd like to share some of her photos with you. I think you'll be impressed.
Without you, autism awareness is an exclamation without a point, or a balloon without enough air. It is lacking. Because without you, the breathtakingly unusual person in your life would simply drift -- it is you who keeps him or her or them afloat and buoyant.
Some days are going to be tough. You are going to fall into bed at the end of them and be amazed that you survived! But you will survive those days, and there will be so many wonderful, happy, love-filled days that will far outnumber the tough ones in the end.
The thing is, I can say with great certainty that if Archie had been a typical child, she would not have even looked twice. In fact, she may have even thought, too bad, punk. But because Archie has Down syndrome, in her mind, he needed to be let off the hook. Um, no.
Voldemort is so freaking scary that if you even speak his name, all manner of horrors could rain down upon you. The kids at Hogwarts knew better than to mess with him because, just like we teach our kids in the real world, it's best not to talk about bad things.
If you think individuals and their families are just trying to game the system for their own benefit, think again.
In Jack's mind, you never lose friends, you just don't see them outside of your own mind as much as you used to. And to my son, that is the beauty of life. You just keep adding more and more friends. It never ends!
When you meet a kid with disabilities, talk to him, not just his parent. If he doesn't seem up for interacting, back off.
The truth is, the realities of raising a child with physical challenges are often not pretty, however lovingly they are handled.
"This little old lady came out from behind the counter and took my shoulders, looked me in the eye, started crying, and said