10 Things to Know About Being a Special Needs Mom

Being a Special Needs Parent

What’s it like to be a special needs mom? I am so pleased to share some insights into the good and bad about being a special needs mom in a guest post over at Orlena Kerek‘s blog, SnottyNoses today! Orlena is a pediatrician from the UK who has lived and worked in Australia and currently […]

From a Pediatrician About Special Needs Children

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Ever wondered what it’s like on the other side of the stethoscope? Here’s your chance to read about it! I am so pleased to share this guest post from Orlena Kerek who blogs over at SnottyNoses. She’s a pediatrician from the UK who has also lived and worked in Australia and now lives  in Spain with […]

The Day I Suspected Something Was Wrong

Suspected Something Wrong

I Suspected Something Was Wrong I had the chicken pox when I was six weeks pregnant and diagnosed with CMV at 36 weeks. However, when we left the hospital when Brielle was born, most of her test results were so good that we had hopes that she escaped any major complications or  impairments. Clearly, that […]

Found: Purpose and Joy

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  We Had Plans, But… That was before CMV invaded our lives and caused our second born daughter, Brielle, to live her life with cerebral palsy. Through the process of coming to terms with my new role as a special needs mother, I landed on my purpose and found true joy. I am so excited […]

Warnings, Advice, and Encouragement for My Younger Self

Back in time

  To My Younger Self… Oh, the warnings, advice, and encouragement I’d want to give my younger self if I could turn back time. What would I tell my younger self? Hmmm…a lot! The question is…Would she listen?  The Warnings I wrote about the warnings I’d give my younger self in my book, Brielle and […]

The Evolving Nature of Developmental Therapy

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  Changes in Developmental Therapy Parents run their special needs child from one therapy appointment to another when the child is little. But, that changes over time. New activities provide just as many benefits as formal therapy appointments and give the child and the parents new experiences. For the rest of the story, read my […]

Recording Milestones for the Special Needs Child

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  Missed Milestones, Painful reminders When our firstborn daughter was born, checking charts in parenting books and recording milestones in her baby book was a joy. For Brielle, parenting books and the many blanks in her baby book were simply painful reminders of missed milestones for the special needs child in our lives. From Chapter […]

Book Signing Event

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  My First Book Signing Event I was thrilled to be invited by a local book store to join an authors’ book signing event. Little ole me! FoxTale Book Shoppe is a small, but amazing bookstore nestled in the downtown area of our town north of Atlanta. It was voted the best bookstore in the […]

Becoming a Special Needs Empty Nester

Empty Nester

When my mother became an empty nester I was 20 years old and had just finished getting my Bachelor’s degree. Although I hadn’t lived “at home” for the previous two years, it was the week before my wedding when I packed the last of my things and moved them and the things from my apartment […]

Talk to Your Special Needs Child About Tough Stuff

Talk to Your SN Child

  Have you talked to your special needs child about the tough topics?  stranger danger bullying peer pressure appropriate touch body image racism/prejudice puberty sex masturbation homosexuality smoking alcohol drugs death suicide divorce criminals/prison events in the news (even tragedies) job loss your family’s finances (and what it means to them) your child’s own disability […]