Motherhood · Parenting · The Explosive Child

Why Is My Child So Explosive?

When my son kicked the windshield, I didn’t think it would break. I was wrong. Apparently, the force of losing all rational thought and ability was enough to crack it from end to end. He was crying, flailing and screaming at me. “I can’t do it. Mommmmeeeeeeeee. I can’t. ¬†I can’t go in.” We were… Continue reading Why Is My Child So Explosive?

Motherhood · Parenting · Reading

10 Must-Read Books For Parenting A Child With Special Needs

There are eleven separate chronic diagnoses between my two children. Seven times I have sat in a beige room on a beige couch and heard a doctor say the words I knew were coming, but still didn’t want to hear. Your child has… Autism Bipolar Disorder, Type 1 Anxiety Disorder ADHD Sensory Processing Disorder Lupus… Continue reading 10 Must-Read Books For Parenting A Child With Special Needs

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

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

ADHD · Anxiety · Doctors · pediatric mood disorders

Misdiagnosis – When Doctors Don’t Have Answers

The last six months have been a haze of doctors’ offices, medications, meltdowns and unexplained illnesses for my youngest son. He has received several different, significant diagnoses in this time frame. He has been treated according to the standard protocol for each of these diagnoses. Nothing has worked. As a result, after a very serious… Continue reading Misdiagnosis – When Doctors Don’t Have Answers

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

Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling · Special Education At Home

History For The Out of the Box Learner

I was cleaning the bathroom, when I heard my children giggling with delight. Not just a little laughter – no, the sweet sound of two little boys, genuinely giggling and having fun together. I smiled to myself. One of my favorite things in the world is that sound. I kept scrubbing (because bathrooms and boys…).… Continue reading History For The Out of the Box Learner

Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling

Special Education At Home (my new book is here!!!)

We made the decision to homeschool before we knew about either of my boys’ learning differences. Well, I guess that’s not entirely true. We knew they learned differently, but we didn’t know why. School was not kind to my oldest, off the charts, acing every standardized test seven year old. The noise, the smells, the… Continue reading Special Education At Home (my new book is here!!!)

Autism · Depression · Parenting

Living In Fear Of The Next Bad Thing

Last night, just as the sun was setting, my son had an idea. “Let’s build a fire outside and just relax.” His enthusiasm was contagious. Although this is typically something I would not do until my husband was home (he is officially in charge of all things outdoorsy and fire-y), the sight of now both… Continue reading Living In Fear Of The Next Bad Thing

Dyslexia · Homeschooling

The Benefits of Using An Audio Textbook With My Struggling Learner

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my family! My dyslexic son feels like his mom is always treating him like a baby. And the truth is, there are times where I necessarily have to. His struggle to read effects his interactions in the world every single day. And I am the one… Continue reading The Benefits of Using An Audio Textbook With My Struggling Learner

Autism · Chronic Illness · Sensory Processing Disorder

How My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

I was asked recently to describe the events leading up to my son’s autism spectrum diagnosis. It was not as easy as I thought it might be. Where does a momma begin? The early years of crying, of sensory overload and exhaustion? The preschool years, when it became clear that something was different? Not less,… Continue reading How My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

Autism · Dyslexia · Homeschooling

When Your Child Isn’t At Grade Level

“He is reading at a first grade level now,” I said to the doctor, holding my breath. “What?” she said with a mix of surprise and concern. “He’s ten.” I paused for a moment, and decided to ignore the comment welling up in my throat about how I am pretty sure I know how old… Continue reading When Your Child Isn’t At Grade Level