Special Needs

Holiday Travels

Ah, the holidays. Traveling and so much more … On a recent trip to visit family, my younger daughter Rachel had a wonderful time. Being severely autistic, travel often stresses…

Education—What’s the Point?

Back in college, one of my classmates asked me an interesting question. “So, if you want to have children and stay at home with them, what’s the point of getting…

Canines for Disabled Kids

I am a dog person. Anyone who has seen me around town with my enormous Labrador sticking her head out of my compact car knows I’m a sucker for a…

Big Sister and Autism

This past week my older daughter and I listened to Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary on our way to and from Rachel’s special needs school, which is 30 minutes each…

One Step at a Time

As I pulled up to Rachel’s school this morning, I mulled over how much she’s changed. She first started full-time school two-and-a-half years ago. Each day included a terrible fight,…

Adversity Brings Blessings

The other day I thought about what to write and came up with nothing. Nothing exciting had occurred, nothing terrible, either. Life had just been going along. With a rush…

Parenting Strengths and Weaknesses

Our most recent homework assignment from our Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) coordinator is to journal our strengths and weaknesses as guides to our autistic daughter. (The term “guide” is most easily…

Private Piano Concert for My Autistic Daughter

Weekends provide longer days, especially for my family since Rachel’s normal routine is wrecked. So last week, after our big stair cleanup, we took a family outing to buy school…

Indoor Natural Disaster

Rachel, our autistic daughter, learned how to unlock the game cabinet.

Playing Cards with My Autistic Daughter

Earlier today, my youngest daughter, who is severely autistic, decided to play cards. Can you believe I used to alphabetize my pantry? Now, I just try not to fall and break…

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