Special Needs

Therapy and Mom: Rethinking My Role in God’s Eyes

While attending a continuing education session for my speech-language pathology license, I was struck by how intimately the divine hand of God works in all things, especially Rachel’s life. Almost…

Prosthetics

“Excuse me, but your daughter’s foot fell off,” the Sunday school teacher leaned over the row of seats and whispered in my husband’s ear. Sometimes having a child with special…

Fear Came to Live at My House Today

Fear came to live at my house this week. Not irrational fear, but reasonable, understandable fear. My son, like so many children, has a form of asthma. Normally it is…

Autism and Teaching Discipline

When we relocated last year we were blessed to find an autism behavior specialist who agreed to work with Rachel. At first, though, I was nervous. The therapy discipline in…

Summer Haircuts, Cutting Remarks, and a Mom’s Scissored Heart

If your child has any sort of sensory issues, you probably shuddered when you saw “haircut.” You know how hard that is. For Rachel, with severe autism, apraxia, and a…

Fourth of July, Big Gatherings, and Autism

Another holiday filled with family, noise, and chaos looms ahead. While it can be fun, for Rachel and her autism it can also be problematic. We often don’t get invited…

Summer + Autism = ?

My heart pounds. I’m having trouble breathing. My hands and arms are numb. The room spins. Am I having a heart attack? No, although I think so at first. No,…

Sticky Sunday and Putting Away my Grumpy Face

“This past Sunday was brought to you by autism.” That’s what my forehead should say. Sunday. That word used to evoke scenes of friends and church, long lunches, napping on…

Autism, Spirituality, and a Search for Answers

“We create what we experience.” How does the above karma-ish quote make you feel, especially if you have a special needs child? In my case, it makes me feel empty,…

My Child or Loved One was Diagnosed … Now What?

The other night I walked into my autism support group meeting and saw a new couple sitting at the table. They were hunched over and looked as if they been…

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