Autism · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

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

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

Autism · Grief · Parenting

Grieving My Child’s Diagnosis

When I was in high school, I learned about Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s Five Stages of Grief (the stages we go through when we are processing a significant loss or change). It was part of an assignment for a speech I was working on in debate class. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance I still have them… Continue reading Grieving My Child’s Diagnosis

ADHD · Autism · Homeschooling · Learning Differences

The Hardest Part Of Homeschooling My Children With Special Needs

My child ate kleenex in his therapy session last week. He nonchalantly picked up the box, pulled out a few pieces and started taking bites like it was a turkey sandwich. When he was done, he broke the box itself in half, put it on his head like a hat, and got back to coloring… Continue reading The Hardest Part Of Homeschooling My Children With Special Needs

Autism · Sensory Processing Disorder

Sometimes The Basics Are The Most Difficult

My son showed me exactly how he planned to install a CPU into his computer yesterday. (If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry. You are in good company. I listen to my son tell me all about computer parts for most of the day, every day, and I am still not 100% sure… Continue reading Sometimes The Basics Are The Most Difficult

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

Autism · Dyslexia · Parenting

Just Because It’s Difficult, Doesn’t Mean You are Doing it Wrong

He threw the book and stomped off to his room. “Don’t you understand?” he yelled, clearly frustrated. “I have dys-A-lexia!” As he slammed the door, I tried to sort through all my reactions – smiling because of the way he pronounced dyslexia, bitter because he threw the book and we have been trying to help… Continue reading Just Because It’s Difficult, Doesn’t Mean You are Doing it Wrong

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 · 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

Autism · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

All American History And My Son With Autism

When my son was nine years old, he could recite every single date and event associated with The Revolutionary War. Seriously, every one. Somehow, our war for independence became a special interest (read: obsession) for my sweet boy. He talked incessantly about The Boston Tea Party, The Stamp Act, and the importance of Lexington and… Continue reading All American History And My Son With Autism

Autism · Family · Sensory Processing Disorder

Because Halloween And Autism Can Be Scary

Oh my goodness, Halloween is almost here. And, like every year, I am anticipating it with a certain amount of excitement, and a certain amount of anxiety. If you don’t have a child on the spectrum or with sensory processing issues, you may think my anxiety is about homemade costumes or sweet decorations. If you… Continue reading Because Halloween And Autism Can Be Scary

ADHD · Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

A Different Approach To The New School Year

It’s the first week of September. Moms are taking pictures of their freshly combed children in the morning, holding up cute signs with their grade levels. School buses are buzzing around the neighborhood again. And homeschool bloggers everywhere, are sharing their curriculum picks for the new school year. I’m like an addict with these posts.… Continue reading A Different Approach To The New School Year

ADHD · Autism · Dyslexia · pediatric mood disorders

My Children Are More Than Their Differences

Lately, there has been no escape from the endless lists. Of symptoms Of medications Of side effects Of doctors appointments Of helpful books to read Of therapists to see Of other people who have struggled with the same differences and grew up to be perfectly amazing Of diagnoses Of educational options Of future possibilities for… Continue reading My Children Are More Than Their Differences