Special Needs

What to Say (and not to say) to a Parent of a Child with Special Needs

When you see a family with a child with special needs, what goes through your mind? Does your heart go out to them? Do you feel drawn to help? Maybe…

Comfort in the Waiting Room

When medical special needs first joined our family, we began spending a lot of time at our local children’s hospital. We are fortunate that it was just 10 minutes down…

3 Ways to Connect with Your Child in Five Minutes

In January my husband brought home two kids from the foster care system whom we are in the process of adopting. They are five and two, and they’ve had a…

Winning

A hot, humid evening. Bugs in the grass and bugs in the air. A small, rural southern town. A humble baseball field off an unnamed road. Rough bleachers. A concession…

Autism: 5 Things Moms Can’t Say

A recent visit with a dear friend was highlighted with the phrase, “I can’t say this to too many people.” Our hearts shared openly, knowing we’re on the same team,…

Meltdown Management

“Nothing’s wrong!” So says my daughter’s voice, but her body language betrays her. Something about the glaring, stomping, creased-forehead, teary look tips me off. Rapid meltdowns are nothing new for…

Oh, That’s My Other Child

“How come everyone is all excited when she finishes her math book, but nobody cares when I finish mine?” My son, age 11, struggled to get the words out, tears…

Romancing the Soul: What I’ve Learned as a Parent of an Autistic Child

Romance is in the air—at least according to the grocery store isle. Valentine’s candy and gifts fill every available space. So, I’ve been contemplating: What is romance? My following conclusion…

Birds, Bees, and Family Dinner

“And that is how he proposed to her. Can you believe he knew six years before that he was going to marry her?” “How did he know?” “I don’t know….

“Stop Judging Me!” 5 Ways to Overcome When Others Judge Your Child with Special Needs

When out with Rachel, my daughter with autism, I’ve been stared at and judged more times than I can count. She has stripped naked in public, held screaming tantrums, had huge tangles…

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