“Where do all these diagnoses come from? Are your children adopted?” I hung up the phone with the doctor a few minutes later and thought, “Well, add that to the list of awkward moments as a mom of children with special needs.” There have been so many questions and comments over the years that have… Continue reading Things Doctors Just Shouldn’t Say To A Special Needs Mom
When my son was two, he screamed any time I left the house. Tears would flow and ruin my makeup every single day on the way to work. I was never really sure how to process all the emotion that welled up inside me, hearing his cries. He’s only two. It’s developmentally appropriate. He needs… Continue reading Separation Anxiety and The Older Child
I hung up the phone with tears in my eyes. The office had not even sent the paperwork yet. Two weeks…wasted. Two weeks of my son being in increasing pain, complete overload, and struggling to participate in everyday life. Two weeks of waiting by the phone for the specialist to call and schedule an appointment.… Continue reading To My Son’s Doctor
“I am going to write a doctor’s note for you stating that you have a serious medical condition. Perhaps this will help you get respite care from someone.” After months of crippling headaches, a stabbing sensation behind my right eye and shooting pains down the right side of my body, I finally went to see… Continue reading The Best Thing You Can Do To Help An Explosive Child
“You baby him. He’s almost eleven years old and you are still helping him get his socks on straight.” “You can’t keep treating him like a baby. He is old enough to sleep through the night. You need some tough love here.” “You are still helping him tie his shoes? Are you kidding me? How… Continue reading Am I Babying My Son?
“I can think of better ideas, Momma, if you just let me walk around.” My eleven-year-old son was narrating a story, as part of our writing lesson for the day. I was typing his words as he spoke them and had asked him to stay close to me so I could hear him spin his tale.… Continue reading Movement and Learning For The Older Child
I heard the sound of glass breaking before I could get to his room. I ran in, and a book flew past my head and hit the wall behind me. My son, crying, out of breath, and full of rage, had completely lost control. He was swinging his arms wildly and pacing. He was muttering,… Continue reading My Explosive Child Has Lost Control – What Do I do?