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.

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?

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.

Understanding Each Other

I know there are things that he doesn't get about my world. There are things about his world that I don't get. The things we do both understand, though, are special.

When Autism Awareness Isn’t Enough

Everyone is on the same page in that we're all aware that autism exists. It doesn't mean that people accept it.