When I Can't Control It All - #specialneeds #autism #mentalillness #bipolar #adhd

When I Can’t Control It All

When your child is first diagnosed, the doctors are always focused on the proposed treatment plan. Rightly so. It's what they do, post assessment. I recommend therapy a minimum of two times a week. The standard course of treatment is this prescription and that medicine. There will likely be a waiting list, but you need to get him in with Doctor so and so...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

How To Help When A Friend’s Child Has Been Hospitalized

My son has been in the hospital for three days now. I have cried more than I thought possible. I have prayed more than I thought possible. I have worried more than I thought possible. And I have found more encouragement and hope in the midst of this, than I ever thought possible. Right now, I am three floors away from my sick little...Read More

My Child Does Not Sleep

This morning was a tough one. I was up until almost 4:00 AM with my son. In the haze of perseverating chatter about computer builds and salt water tanks, I was struck at around 3:00 AM, at how little my life has changed. It’s been 13 years since my son was a newborn, and yet many nights feel exactly the same. Sleeping for short...Read More