Special Needs

Autism Therapy, Consequences, and Mom Hanging Tough

A few weeks ago we started a new therapy program for Rachel. Our new therapist is trained in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), and we became acquainted with her through church….

Holidays and Stress: Refusing to Let Busyness Steal My Joy

The holidays are coming… Does that phrase cause little tinkling bells of joy to ring in your ears? Or do sinister trombones of doom jolt your brain into pieces? I…

Handling Conflict with Special Education Personnel

“Other parents with autistic children manage to do this all the time, so why can’t you?” The above statement, made by a person in charge of my daughter’s special education…

Special Needs Love

“Mommy, why did you even adopt me? Why did I have to be born with these pwoblems?” The little voice from the backseat was heavy with tears as we drove the last…

Autism and the Pumpkin Patch and the Park (aka, Why Friends are Awesome)

The other day, Rachel and my other daughter had a day off of school, so I had the brilliant idea to take them to a pumpkin patch. I envisioned pictures…

How I Communicate With My Autistic Daughter

Yesterday I had a realization. I’ve thought this many times before, but this last time, it stuck with me for some reason. My autistic daughter needs a different communication style…

Ten Rows of Steam-Cleaning Action

I’ve written beforeabout my wonderful relationship with my steam cleaner and its advertised “ten rows of steam-cleaning action.” For a while, though, we hadn’t had many big messes, and I…

A Messy Missy Mess

A few years ago, we purchased a therapy swing for Rachel to help with some of the sensory issues that come with autism. It required a massive hook mounted in…

Lessons Learned from Thing 1

Last week, eldest announced that she wanted to be “Thing 1” for her school’s Dr. Seuss birthday celebration on March 2. As this was my big opportunity to make the…

Why I Chewed on a Hairspray Bottle Twice This Week

Yesterday, in our dash to get out of the house before school, I found myself chewing on a bottle of hairspray for the second time in one week. Did I…

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