Chronic Illness, Disability Advocacy, Ehlers Danlo's Syndrome, Guest Blogger, Parenting, Rare Disease, Special needs parenting

The Day I Found out Most of My Family Was Chronically Ill

March 31, 2016, is the day my life changed. March 31, 2016, is the day that Davy’s geneticist listened to me as I explained the research I’d done that led me to believe that both he and I had EDS and the day that she informally diagnosed us both.  I cried tears of joy in… Read More The Day I Found out Most of My Family Was Chronically Ill

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ADHD, Autism, Educational Info, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Special needs parenting, Speech Therapy

3 Ways You Know it’s Time for Your Child to Leave Therapy

Do you ever feel like your entire life is spent in the car driving to an appointment? Then the next half of your day is spent in a waiting room while a litany of therapists sees your child? I will enthusiastically raise my hand high! Since my son has been two years old, we have… Read More 3 Ways You Know it’s Time for Your Child to Leave Therapy

Adrenal Insufficiency, Chronic Illness, Educational Info, Faith, Heart Disease, Medically Fragile, Parenting, Raising my Chronically Ill Son, Rare Disease, Special needs parenting

For Many Children Birthdays are Another Year of Beating Death

Most parents get excited for their child to celebrate another year, a day of their birth, and a successful completion of another trip around the sun. Parties are planned, invitations designed, decorations picked out to match a theme, cakes ordered or baked, and food prepared to celebrate the special day. Images of the day will… Read More For Many Children Birthdays are Another Year of Beating Death

Autism, feeding disorder, Grief, Guest Blogger, Parenting, Special needs parenting

How I Learned to Embrace My Role as a Special Needs Mom

By: Stephanie Reitenour Five years ago, I was a kindergarten teacher in Colorado enjoying mountain life with my husband, Nick. We were incredibly involved in our church, our community, and the schools. My life was busy and full, and I loved life. I had a job that I liked, and I felt confident that I… Read More How I Learned to Embrace My Role as a Special Needs Mom

ADHD, Managing my Mental Health, Mom, Mom life, Parenting, Special needs parenting

The Struggle of Raising a Special Needs Child When You Have ADHD

“I can’t find my keys!” “Crap, did I give him his medicine?” “Why did I come downstairs again?” “Did I call the doctor? When is his appointment again?” “I really need to start writing all of this down!” “Did I brush his teeth? When was the last time his diaper was changed?” “Why can’t I… Read More The Struggle of Raising a Special Needs Child When You Have ADHD

Autism, Autism Awareness, Give Aways, Parenting, Sensory Processing Disorder, Special needs parenting

GIVEAWAY! Enter to Win A Fun & Function Peanut Ball

October means we are in the month of my son’s 5th birthday. Birthdays for my child mean more to us than it may to other families. After suffering a near-fatal Adrenal Crisis at three months old, we weren’t sure that we would ever see his 1st birthday. Every year we do something amazing for him,… Read More GIVEAWAY! Enter to Win A Fun & Function Peanut Ball

Apraxia, Autism, Autism Awareness, How to Get a Free iPad, Parenting Advice, Special needs parenting

How to Get a Free iPad for Your Child with Autism

Communication is an aspect of raising a child with autism that can be problematic. Some of our kids are verbal, but they have trouble expressing their needs and wants. Other kids only speak in scripting or echolalia. Another group of children with autism doesn’t talk by mouth at all. Most parents want to be able… Read More How to Get a Free iPad for Your Child with Autism

Autism, Autism Awareness, Parenting Advice, Sensory Processing Disorder, Special needs parenting

Why Every Autism Parent Should Order the Big Red Safety Box

Before my son was diagnosed with Autism, I rarely thought about what I would need to do to my house to make it safe. Shortly after the diagnosis came, I was outside with him taking a walk. He was right beside me, and I stopped to chat with a neighbor. I only looked away for… Read More Why Every Autism Parent Should Order the Big Red Safety Box

Apraxia, Autism, Parenting Advice, Sensory Processing Disorder, Special needs parenting

15 Online Stores for Special Needs Toys and Equipment

As a mother of a child on the spectrum, I find it difficult always to locate the therapy equipment and toys I need to help my child at home. It occurred to me that this is probably an issue that other parents face. I am a researcher, and I like to sort through different options… Read More 15 Online Stores for Special Needs Toys and Equipment