Navigating The Holidays With Special Needs #christmas #specialneeds #autism #adhd

Navigating The Holidays With Special Needs

I am tired. Really tired. Not so much from a lack of sleep, although I am that kind of tired too. No, I am more weary, soul tired. My limbs feel heavy as I move through my days, and find I need to tell myself to pay attention when someone is talking. It's December. I love Christmas. LOVE it. I don't want to be...Read More
What No One Tells You When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Autism #autism #autismmom #specialneeds

What No One Tells You When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Autism

Every autism mom I know remembers the moment she heard the word. The moment the doctor confirmed what somewhere, deep down inside, she already knew. The moment the diagnosis was confirmed. The moment it became official. Your child has autism. That moment is a big one in our lives. It's the moment that marks no turning back. And a new life, whether we like...Read More

When My Expectations Don’t Match My Reality

"I think you might be losing sight of the fact that he has an autism spectrum diagnosis. That's not going away. We need to talk about adjusting your expectations." This is what the behavioral pediatrician told me in our appointment last week. She said it in response to me telling her all the things we were "working on" and all the things that were...Read More

The Best Thing You Can Do To Help An Explosive Child

"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 a neurologist. Three MRI's and two blood tests later,...Read More

Homeschooling An Explosive Child

There were scratches up and down my arms and my mascara was smudged. I glanced in the rear view mirror and noted that my hair would also need to be fixed before I went into the office. I looked like I had been in a fight. The truth is, I had. As I drove away from my son's school, I fought back tears. "Just getting him...Read More