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

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

Marriage · Motherhood · Parenting

What Being A ‘Special Needs’ Mom Has Taught Me About Just Plain Being A Mom

I was chatting with a younger momma recently who asked me to share some tips and tricks for motherhood. She said she thought our life, and all it’s crazy, might have taught me a few things that she could apply in her life as well (with or without special needs). She’s right. Most of the… Continue reading What Being A ‘Special Needs’ Mom Has Taught Me About Just Plain Being A Mom

Motherhood · Prayer · Survival Mode

When You’re Not The Mom You Want To Be

I have not been the mom I want to be today…not at all. I am so tired. I am increasingly resentful of all the care my children require. I am overwhelmed by a week that seems like it Just. Won’t. End. It feels like there is not enough coffee in the world. The floors are… Continue reading When You’re Not The Mom You Want To Be

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

Motherhood · Survival Mode

When Mom Needs To Get Back On Track

My house is a disaster area. For reals. I am afraid to look in dust bunny-ridden corners, and the bathrooms make me want to wave a white flag. My approach to school has been hit or miss, at best. The number of doctor appointments, dentist appointments and therapist appointments we have each week is just… Continue reading When Mom Needs To Get Back On Track

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

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

Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

Why We Use All About Reading With My Dyslexic Son

We began homeschooling my youngest son when he was in kindergarten. He loved animals, getting messy and telling terrible jokes. (Five years later, he still does!) Having him home was fun, for both of us, almost all the time. The only exception was when it was time to practice phonics. We tried every single program… Continue reading Why We Use All About Reading With My Dyslexic Son

Grace · Motherhood · Parenting

When Motherhood Doesn’t Go As Planned

I was never a better mother than before I actually had children. I seriously thought I had it all figured out. I thought there were some basic things I could just count on. I assumed my children would sleep when I needed them to, eat when I needed them to, smile for the camera when… Continue reading When Motherhood Doesn’t Go As Planned

Autism · Sensory Processing Disorder

How We Have Accommodated My Son’s Sensory Processing Disorder

I pushed against the coffee Keurig, with almost all my weight, while my glorious cup of coffee brewed. When I stepped away, my friend asked, “Why do you do that?” I looked at her, blinking and almost not understanding the question. Because it has become second nature to me, I don’t even realize I am… Continue reading How We Have Accommodated My Son’s Sensory Processing Disorder

Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling

On The Job Training For Motherhood

I spend a lot of time thinking about how best to help my children learn. Hands-on activities, incorporating movement, accommodating sensory needs – all of this has become just a regular part of my helping them learn. Struggling with the sound of your pencil on the paper? Let’s type instead. Haven’t been able to memorize… Continue reading On The Job Training For Motherhood