The Evolution of an Unlikely Performer

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Several weeks ago, when I picked Sarah Kate up from show choir practice, she was bubbling over with enthusiasm. She had decided to audition for a solo in the song “Don’t Stop Believin’”! I had a flashback to the first day of show choir practice, when she almost didn’t go – there were tears (her) and frustration […]

The Kids Crash the Pirate Dash!

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The first-ever Pirate Dash 5K and Fun Run were held this past Saturday in Mayberry. It was a fundraiser for the PTC for the two schools that cover grades kindergarten through sixth grade, so it was heavily promoted to the students. Sarah Kate’s school running club, in particular, had trained specifically for this event. Unfortunately, […]

Why Nathan’s Haircut Matters

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If you read Tuesday’s post – and especially if you read the comments – you know at least one of my readers doesn’t like Nathan’s haircut. I do like Nathan’s haircut, so in a perfect world the story would end there, and I wouldn’t be writing a post about Nathan’s hair. But we don’t live in […]

Special Needs Land Mine: The Fast Food Play Area

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I can remember it like it was yesterday. Some of the moms of kids in Sarah Kate’s preschool in Decatur, Alabama decided to get together for coffee at the McDonald’s near I-65. We were all navigating the chaos of having preschoolers at home – those years when you do your best to talk to your […]

Mayberry Is a Little More Inclusive Today

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Nine years ago (!!!), I was on the steering committee and Sarah Kate was one of a handful of “poster children” for the fundraising campaign for an accessible playground to be built in Decatur, Alabama. I spoke to a number of local groups about the importance of inclusive play, and she was featured in a few […]

TOTS Soccer: Splendor in the Grass (More Like “Kick in the Grass…”)

Yep. I forgot to blog about soccer. I KNOW, RIGHT? How could I possibly forget to post pictures and talk about Nathan’s soccer debut, when I’ve covered Sarah Kate’s swim team and softball exploits ad nauseum? But forget I apparently did, because the only things I can find on the blog about soccer are the photo above […]

The Little Things That Can Make a Big Difference

Yep, it’s Friday. Nope, this post isn’t my regular Snippets. I’m still on semi-hiatus (i.e., not my regular posting schedule) for a little longer, but I came across something this morning that I want you to read. Go read it now. Inclusion isn’t just a box to check, an IEP form to complete, or a […]

Project SEARCH: A Great Idea Right In My Backyard

I’ve been taking Nathan to speech therapy for several months; the therapy office is in the wellness center building of our local hospital, just a mile from the house. It’s convenient and the people there have been wonderful to work with. Several weeks ago, I noticed a young woman with Down syndrome in scrubs with […]

What Is My Responsibility to the Special Needs Community?

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When Sarah Kate aged out of early intervention at three years old, she qualified for public (i.e., developmentally delayed) preschool, just as Nathan did seven years later. We opted not to send her, choosing to place her in private preschool instead, because our philosophy was that because she would need to learn how to navigate […]