Lies I Believe About Being A “Special Needs Mom”

I leaned over the kitchen counter, my head in my hands, and tried to take a few deep breaths. The house was a disaster, I hadn't finished reading lessons my youngest in three days, I was still in my pj's at 11AM, and my eleven year old was melting down over not being able to buy a crested gecko in the next 10 minutes. So,...Read More

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 I know what it really is.) He walked me...Read More

Parenting A Child With Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing disorder affects my oldest son, all the time. It’s here every day, day in and day out, making my son uncomfortable in his own body, and unable to tolerate so many things that I just take for granted. Temple Grandin, speaks candidly about the sensory issues that accompany her autism diagnosis. She speaks candidly about how little research and understanding there is, for...Read More

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 do have a child like mine, you know exactly...Read More

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 who's counting?), it's just a given around here. I...Read More