All Unique. All Special.

It's one of the main reasons we should stand in awe of special education teachers (and all teachers in general).

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A Running Fear

The moment you'd let your guard down, he would take off across the yard. The next thing you know, you're tackling a preschooler on your front lawn.

The Perfect Kid For Me 

Having Autism or any special needs doesn’t mean the absence of personality or humor. All of his quirks - good and bad - are his and I love him.

Cracking The Code

The absence of language can seem like a major barrier and, in some ways, it can be. In most ways, though, it's not.

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.

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.

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.

Preparing For Battles That Never Happen

You stop caring about what people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.