Special Needs

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…

“Don’t Skimp on the TP, Mom”

Toilet paper has a quick turn-around in our house. No matter how much I buy, it seems we are always about to run out. Of course, our daughter Rachel’s fascination with…

100 Ball-Pit Balls …

What was I thinking? Have you ever let your desire to buy your child a fun gift overcome your good sense? As I have written about many times before, I…

Reflecting on Autism

While straightening a shelf, I came across a scrapbook my mother made when the girls were toddlers. A wave of nostalgia hit me, so I opened it up. Page after…

About Autism

If you are new to the world of autism, there is help for the uninitiated. Three years ago when I first heard my daughter’s diagnosis of severe autism, I felt…

Special Needs Friendships

Last night at my support group, one of the moms brought up a good point about the importance of friendships for children, teens, and young adults with special needs. As…

Nurturing the Siblings of Your Special Needs Child

One of the issues my husband and I often discuss is the well-being of our older child. With a severely autistic younger sister, my eldest spends a great deal of…

Sensory Issues, Special Needs, and Christmas Shopping

I recently attended a few conferences about Sensory Processing Disorder, which affects many people on the autism spectrum. I am going to write more about this subject in the next few…

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