“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
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
“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
“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?
It happened yesterday in the grocery store. My youngest was with me. Although he is ten, he is not developmentally ten right now. He was struggling. Like for reals. It was not going well. I went through the usual guilt – Why did I bring him? I should have rearranged my plans and let him… Continue reading When Your Child Is Different
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
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