Does My Child Really Need These Treatments, Therapies and Interventions?

A few weeks ago, I shared that we were getting a psychiatric service dog for my 11-year-old son. For the past few months, I have openly shared the different therapies and interventions we employ for both my sweet boys. For three years, I have tried to explain, as best I can while still protecting some shred of my children's privacy, the realities of our day-to-day...Read More

When My Expectations Don’t Match My Reality

"I think you might be losing sight of the fact that he has an autism spectrum diagnosis. That's not going away. We need to talk about adjusting your expectations." This is what the behavioral pediatrician told me in our appointment last week. She said it in response to me telling her all the things we were "working on" and all the things that were...Read More

Seen and Unseen Disabilities (what I learned when my son used a wheelchair)

The day I ordered my son's wheelchair was not a good one. Just pressing the "ship now" button made my heart hurt. After years of autism therapies and anxiety medications. After years of doctor's appointments and educational evaluations. After years of learning everything possible about his sensory system and urgent need for tactile input. After what felt like years of so much, he was...Read More

Neurological Evaluations and Diagnosis: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me

I hung up the phone and started to cry. I was alone in my room so that I could speak to the doctor's office privately. I could hear my son starting to meltdown and my husband trying to help him in the next room. But I couldn't move. I could not open that bedroom door and go back to all the crazy. Not yet. The...Read More

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 pencil being thrown, and an anger so fierce I...Read More