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 I Wish People Would Stop Saying To My Child

My son was in a gymnastics class last year. He loved moving his body. He loved the other kids. He loved feeling accomplished at the end. Although he loved all of these things, he still struggled to get out the door every Saturday morning. Crippling anxiety would grip him, about five minutes before we needed to leave, every single week. After deep breathing, talking...Read More

Parenting An Explosive Child

I have been scratched, spat on, threatened, punched and called names. There are holes in the walls, windows that have been broken, iPads that will never be the same and stains on the ceiling that will not come out no matter how hard I scrub. Our school day often involves more than one book or pencil being thrown, and an anger so fierce I...Read More

The Hardest Part Of Homeschooling My Children With Special Needs

My child ate kleenex in his therapy session last week. He nonchalantly picked up the box, pulled out a few pieces and started taking bites like it was a turkey sandwich. When he was done, he broke the box itself in half, put it on his head like a hat, and got back to coloring the picture the psychiatrist had asked him to draw....Read More

Finding A Treatment Plan That Works

When the psychiatrist first gave us the list of diagnoses, I was a little stunned. "You see four different diagnoses here, just in one day's time?" "Well, yes. Based on his history and everything we have seen, it's clear. The good news is, now that we know, we can treat these conditions. Let's make a list of which ones are the most concerning. We...Read More