The stages of special needs parenting.

I find it interesting that people associate the stages of special needs parenting with the same steps of those who are grieving a loss. Yes, I can see how there is a similarity.  But, I also see big differences. In death there is finality.  When parenting a special needs child, there is movement, change and then

“The best year of my life will be the year I die” …

This is inspiring! A speech made by a valedictorian at Harrison High School has spread through social media for its inspirational message.Evan Mercer was born deaf. It was not discovered until he was 4 years old. His parents were told that speaking and reading were out of the question. On May 22, at age 18,

Toxic encounters, draining converstations and the HOLIDAYS

As parents of special needs kids, we have the opportunity to interact with many individuals. People, put in our path, because of the special needs of our child. Doctors, therapists, and of course the general population with all their stares, questions and random questions.  All these interactions can impact our emotional stability. How are we supposed to

Drivers Education – Teaching Mel to Operate the Car

Teaching Mel to drive has been more of a challenge than I expected.  I do not know if it was because Coleman completed his training at a community facility and basically took care of all the requirements himself or I have a chip on my shoulder as I hate to be required to do anything

age appropriate chores and free printable chore cards

I’ve been compiling a list of age-appropriate chores for our preschooler. Some of them can be done independently, and some will require my supervision. Some chores are everyday chores and others will only be done as needed. I decided on chore cards instead of a chart to guide her through her tasks, since they will vary…

Games to Develop Speech and Language Skills in the School Age Child

Want to improve understanding?   What to help your child improve their ability to express themselves? What better way then to pick up a game and play. Don’t over emphasis the teaching part.  Don’t get caught up in the rules. Kids learn when having fun and what better fun than family games.  The above are some of