ADHD · Anxiety · Autism · The Explosive Child

Parenting An Explosive Child

I have been scratched, spat on, threatened, punched and called names. There are holes in the walls, windows that have been broken, iPads that will never be the same and stains on the ceiling that will not come out no matter how hard I scrub. Our school day often involves more than one book or… Continue reading Parenting An Explosive Child

ADHD · Anxiety · pediatric mood disorders

Finding A Treatment Plan That Works

When the psychiatrist first gave us the list of diagnoses, I was a little stunned. “You see four different diagnoses here, just in one day’s time?” “Well, yes. Based on his history and everything we have seen, it’s clear. The good news is, now that we know, we can treat these conditions. Let’s make a… Continue reading Finding A Treatment Plan That Works

Anxiety · Autism · Parenting · pediatric mood disorders

The Constant Vigilance Of Parenting A Child With Special Needs

“It feels like our lives are totally out of control. And there is nothing I can do about it,” my husband replied. I looked at my son’s doctor, wondering what she might say. She looked down at her paper and wrote something. I glanced at my husband, and gave him a weak smile. “He’s not… Continue reading The Constant Vigilance Of Parenting A Child With Special Needs

Anxiety · Autism · Parenting

When Being Thankful Feels Impossible

It is officially the week we collectively give thanks. It’s good. It’s right. It’s tradition. And sometimes…it feels completely impossible.   (This post originally¬†appeared here on Not The Former Things in November of 2014. It feels like much has changed, and yet, as I read own words below, I am struck by how much is… Continue reading When Being Thankful Feels Impossible

Anxiety · Homeschooling

How Art Lessons Help My Anxious Child

“Look what I made for you, Momma!” I started to tear up. My ten-year old son had been in the hospital for several days and was very, very ill. But one of the things he looked forward to every day was¬†participating in “art therapy.” “Here you go. I know you’ll want to frame it.” He… Continue reading How Art Lessons Help My Anxious Child

ADHD · Anxiety · Doctors · pediatric mood disorders

Misdiagnosis – When Doctors Don’t Have Answers

The last six months have been a haze of doctors’ offices, medications, meltdowns and unexplained illnesses for my youngest son. He has received several different, significant diagnoses in this time frame. He has been treated according to the standard protocol for each of these diagnoses. Nothing has worked. As a result, after a very serious… Continue reading Misdiagnosis – When Doctors Don’t Have Answers

Anxiety · Autism · Motherhood

The Choice We Make As Parents Of Children With Special Needs

“We want him to learn to be social, but not too social.” “Parents must be involved, but not too involved.” “He needs to you to accommodate his needs, but not enable him.” “We want him to make friends, but we don’t want the other kids to feel bad that he has a friend and they… Continue reading The Choice We Make As Parents Of Children With Special Needs

ADHD · Anxiety · Motherhood · pediatric mood disorders

What Do I Do Now That My Child Has A Diagnosis?

“How are you doing?” the psychologist asked, after his session with my son. I am asked this a lot lately. By sweet friends. By my family. By my husband. By many of you. I am grateful that I am asked. But I am never really sure how to respond. The last few weeks (really months)… Continue reading What Do I Do Now That My Child Has A Diagnosis?

Anxiety · Autism · Dyslexia

What I Want You To Know About My Children With Special Needs

When I look at all the paperwork from doctors and therapists (that I try and keep track of but somehow never really get under control) I can see it’s a lot. When we have a tough day, when both boys are exhibiting the more difficult signs and symptoms of their diagnoses, I know it’s a… Continue reading What I Want You To Know About My Children With Special Needs

Anxiety · Autism · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

Sleep Deprivation and Mothering a Child with Special Needs

I celebrated my birthday last weekend. My family blessed me with exactly the right gift – two nights away to get caught up on sleep. (I know. Can you believe it? They’re awesome!) This was literally the only gift I really wanted. After several years of one sleep battle after another (really 13 years, but… Continue reading Sleep Deprivation and Mothering a Child with Special Needs

Anxiety · Depression · Parenting

Special Needs Motherhood Is Lonely Work

I have amazing friends. I do. They are generous and encouraging. They are willing to overlook how many times I ignore their text messages. They make me food, pour me tea, and offer me wine. They are the difference between me completely losing it, and me just partially losing it. They love me, well. And… Continue reading Special Needs Motherhood Is Lonely Work