special needs

On Clouds and Sunshine

July 10, 2014

It probably comes as no great shock to hear that I have struggled with the blog this summer. What you may not know is why. It’s not a lack of time or a shortage of topics that plagues me, but a fear of ripping off my emotional Band-Aids and letting the wounds ooze out onto […]

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What Is My Responsibility to the Special Needs Community?

February 18, 2014

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 […]

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How My Children Have Helped Me Become Perfectly Human

September 18, 2013

Amy Julia Becker, author of A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny graciously invited me to contribute to her “Perfectly Human” series on her blog over at Patheos.com this week. The post begins: I was raised to achieve things. I was a third-generation valedictorian of my high school class, like […]

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It Ain’t All Sunshine and Rainbows: Two Things I Hate About Being a Special Needs Mom

September 10, 2013

My kids are awesome. I love them more than anything in the world, and I love being their mom. Are they perfect? No. Are they wonderful? Absolutely. By the same token, being a special needs mom is awesome, but it’s far from a perfect life. Here are two things about the special needs life that […]

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Five Words I Hate and Why

August 15, 2013

1. Disabled I don’t hate the word disability, but I despise the word disabled – especially when I see it in a headline like this one, or worse, this one. “The disabled” is a lazy way of grouping people with a loose – very loose! – commonality. Sometimes it’s to elicit a sympathetic response, but that […]

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Observations from the Airport

July 23, 2013

As I mentioned in last Friday’s snippets, I was in Tucson for a few days; I flew home Sunday night with a layover in Atlanta. The weather was nasty (not unlike what I described in the opening scene of my new eBook…) with lengthy delays and I was hoping for a standby seat on a […]

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5 Things I’ve Learned in My 10 Years as a Special Needs Mom

July 2, 2013

1. Doctors don’t know as much as you think they do. Jokes about Dr. Google abound, and rightfully so. The ease of internet searching weighed against the expense and hassle of going to the doctor sends many people to the (always accurate and dependable!) World Wide Web in search of answers to their health questions, […]

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We Want to Be Treated Like Everyone Else…Except When We Don’t

April 9, 2013

Despite the apparent forcefulness of last Tuesday’s rant on the Robert Ethan Saylor case, I struggled with the decision to post about it. The story picked up a lot of steam following the grand jury’s decision not to indict, but I’d been watching the case for weeks. In fact, I had a draft written several […]

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How to Weather a Hurricane

August 29, 2012

Make no mistake – hurricanes are serious business. The post that follows was drafted on Tuesday, well before anyone knew the severity of flooding that would occur as a result of Isaac. It was not meant to make light of the situation – quite the contrary. My intent was to demonstrate, through humor, that many […]

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How the Push Girls Are Like Special Needs Moms

July 5, 2012

Despite my initial disappointment that the Push Girls are all women whose disabilities were due to injury or illness, I’ve fallen in love with the show. Very little of it appears contrived, the women are candid and authentic, and the show feels more like a serial documentary than most reality show fare. Although the four […]

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