special needs parents
"[I]t’s not OK to leave someone out because of their disability, race, or gender."
Some of the nation's larger "big-box" charter networks have super-strict discipline policies that falsely define how the
For fun I count how many times they say "Mama" while I prepare a meal they'll never eat. At 29, I quit counting.
The series is titled 'Defined by Our Hearts.'
Guardianship may be necessary, but it is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do for Caleb. It boils down to petitioning the court to acknowledge that he is an incapacitated person. It is effectively taking away his right to make his own decisions, and that is a very sad process.
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.
So, for new parents of special needs kids, I'll just say that an afternoon nap may be enticing, elusive and, very likely, not in the cards. Please do not bemoan this reality. It's something to work towards as there's nothing wrong with stealing a nap wherever and whenever time/life permits. I
Did my son seem "normal" to you in the 10 minutes you spent with him? Well, that's nice, because he is normal... he's a sweet, normal, beautiful boy with autism.
Follow your child's lead: make a new friend, maybe even someone with a disability. No, you will not be an exceptional person for doing that -- you will just be a little bit richer for having a new friend.
I love the work organizations like KEEN does, but it saddens me that we actually need to recruit volunteers to fulfill social and emotional needs that wonderful people like Charles are often deprived of.
Trusting my own instincts can be very hard for me at these times. I find myself caught between wanting to be the perfect daughter and making my parents happy and needing to be the mother that I know Lizzy requires me to be. Yesterday, motherhood won out.