Special Needs, Needless Blame

There's nothing more frustrating than telling someone about your child's special needs and being greeted with an immediate inquisition on potential things they think you could have done to cause them.

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How I Communicate With My Non-Verbal Son

Lucas and I had been talking this whole time and I, in all my hope for verbalized words, had missed it.

What He Does, Not What He Doesn’t

For many, my son having "special needs" means focusing on the things he can't do. It overshadows many of the powerful things he can.

The Times When You’re Just Not Feeling It

The reality is that there are plenty of times when we, as adults, need to get away from the kids in order to steal a few sobering moments to ourselves.

When Your Professional Isn’t

One of the startling life changes for parents of children with Autism is the revolving door of professionals coming in and out of your living room.

Her Brother’s Keeper

The tiny little person who we were most concerned about in terms of dealing with her brother's Autism pretty much schooled us on how to deal with her brother's Autism.

Everything’s Age Appropriate

How can I allow my school-aged child with autism to still play with a toy designed for a toddler? Doesn't that go against the very nature of my job?

An Excuse To Be A Kid Again

The bizarre humor that rushes through my head is decades below my own age group and doesn't even need an audience to spring up.

Defying Expectations

Will there be overwhelming events for my non-verbal son? Sure. Will there be judgmental people? Definitely. Are they the norm and do they define who we are or what we do? Not at all.

The First Bus Ride

The hardest thing about my non-verbal son's first day of school was sending him alone on that bus.