contents

AUTISM:
how will paramedics know my child…has autism, can’t talk, has severe allergies, has a serious illness…? (June 2016)
nonverbal autistic children have something to say
(March 2016)
perfection and people’s pervasive disrespect for the autistic person (October 2015)
school and what it means for the autistic child (August 2015)
this IS what I signed up for (on autism, adoption & all of the above) (June 2015)
5 tips for parents of special needs children (June 2015)
believe in your child (autism) (May 2015)
why you should teach your autistic child to say NO (May 2015)
autism siblings: what a 7-year-old has to say about autism and her brother (April 2015)
how Autism Speaks spreads awareness: it’s not what you think (April 2015)
when parents accept autism, the world will too (April 2015)
sensory processing disorder and the classroom (March 2015)
give your autistic child ways to “talk” about the past (March 2015)
navigating IEP meetings (February 2015)
the best sensory toys (part 2) (February 2015)
the best sensory toys (part 1) (February 2015)
it’s in a word: autistic vs. has autism (January 2015)
they can hear you (January 2015)
it’s not a pity party if someone else throws it (January 2015)
top 4 posts of 2014 (and more) (January 2015)
look for the “why”: Autism & ABA Therapy (December 2014)
the secret joys of Autism (December 2014)
I wish the worlds view of Autism would change (November 2014)
5 reasons why Jerry Seinfeld’s announcement about Autism bothers me (November 2014)
special needs: how kids accept one another (November 2014)
on hold: when skills in Autism fluctuate (November 2014)
how you can help end bullying (October 2014)
Autism Therapy: all children are unique, even those with Autism (October 2014)
seizures and Autism: a visit to Children’s Hospital (October 2014)
what works for your Autistic child: when therapies and programs don’t fit (October 2014)
5 things Autism parents are tired of hearing (September 2014)
what if my Autistic child never says, “I love you”? (September 2014)
are nurses and doctors familiar with Autism? (September 2014)
where the abuse of Autistic people begins (September 2014)
Autism Birthdays (September 2014)
do vaccines cause Autism? the debate returns (August 2014)
inclusion vs exclusion: special needs in the classroom (August 2014)
contradicting the norm: autism on the playground (August 2014)
what if my special needs child live with me forever? (August 2014)
I have Autism and the world treats me different
(July 2014)
what to communicate with your child’s teacher: Autism in the classroom (July 2014)
6 tips on taking an Autistic child on vacation
(July 2014)
4 reasons to teach your Autistic child to swim (July 2014)
how to teach your Autistic child to swim (July 2014)
“scream rooms” and shock therapy being used on Autistic children: Do you know what your school’s doing? (June 2014)
6 reasons to hug (June 2014)
great special ed teachers = priceless (June 2014)
watch for clues: understanding your Autistic child (June 2014)
is changing Autism acceptable? (May 2014)
get the right response (May 2014)
6+ ways to help your child when they can’t communicate
(April 2014)
tips for a better summer vacation
we are what we eat: food and its effects on Autism (April 2014)
more perspectives on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – Autism (April 2014)
my thoughts on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – Autism
(March 2014)
your child can hear you (March 2014)
why my child is “differently abled” no “disabled” (March 2014)
my child’s an individual (March 2014)
the board’s decision overrides
(February 2014)
Out of My Mind – including special needs (February 2014)
what is inclusion? (February 2014)
so many things I’d say if only I were able (February 2014)
Autism in the hospital (January 2014)
be positive for the little people – part 2 (Autism) (January 2014)
be positive for the little people – part 1 (Autism) (January 2014)
negativity is contagious (January 2014)
my wish for you in 2014 (December 2013)
viewing my nonverbal child differently (December 2013)
high or low functioning: does it really matter? (December 2013)
hardly typical (reposted from Moved by Mercy) (December 2013)
thankful therapy (November 2013)
avoid holiday hassles  (November 2013)
forgiving the flippant remarks
 (November 2013)
HARD is the BEST thing I’ve ever done (November 2013)
the comfort priority (November 2013)
we are our child’s best therapist (November 2013)
making Halloween happier (October 2013)
be big picture positive
 (October 2013)
what invisible illnesses taught me about humanity (October 2013)
they seized the spotlight (October 2013)
what is Autism? (October 2013)
study your child (August 2013)
staying calm in the midst of a storm (August 2013)
connecting with compassion (July 2013)

just my opinion on “labels” (July 2013)
13 (funny) reasons you know your child has SPD (July 2013)
new scientific evidence for Sensory Processing Disorder (July 2013)
Sensory Processing Disorder #2 (does your child have sensory issues?) ((July 2013)
Sensory Processing Disorder #1 (what it is) (July 2013)
what can a diagnosis mean? (July 2013)
finding joy (and dealing with unforgiveness) (July 2013)
discovering the child behind the label (adopting a special needs child) (June 2013)
Temple Grandin shares her perspective on Autism (April 2013)

TRAVELING:
6 tips on taking an Autistic child on vacation (July 2014)
a parent getaway (July 2013)
tips for a better summer vacation (Autism & Adoption) (June 2013)

ATTACHMENT/BONDING in adoption/foster care:
the adopted & foster child’s ability to adapt (October 2015)
4 tips on finding the right adoption or foster care support group for you (July 2015)
this IS what I signed up for (on autism, adoption & all of the above) (June 2015)
adoption and foster care in the classroom (May 2015)
it’s not “just a kid thing”: behaviors in adopted and foster children (April 2015)
15 tips on how to be an awesome foster and adoptive parent (April 2015)
are your worries about your child’s future stealing joy from the present? (April 2015)
don’t quit – why you want to quit, and why you shouldn’t (March 2015)
10 ways to bond with your adopted or foster child (March 2015)
positive words: how to encourage your foster and adopted children (February 2015)
your words are hurting my child (February 2015)
Our Words and How They Affect Our Kids (February 2015)
the best sensory toys (part 1) (February 2015)
putting the “A” in Adoption: adoption from an adult adoptees perspective (January 2015)
it’s not all bad: looking for the good in your child (January 2015)
top 4 posts of 2014 (and more) (January 2015)
it takes a village: how one organization takes the concept and applies it to adoption (December 2014)
setting up for success: preparing your family for adoption and foster care (November 2014)
taking the HAUNT out of Halloween (October 2014)
the nitty gritty: if you DON’T want your foster or adopted child to thrive, DON’T read this (October 2014)
what emotion is my adopted/foster child dealing with? (October 2014)
can a hurting child make choices? (September 2014)
what a relationship from a movie can teach us about adoption and foster care (September 2014)
how to help your adopted/foster child sleep (sleep issues part 2) (September 2014)
why adopted and foster children have sleep issues: (sleep issues part 1) (August 2014)
my adopted/foster child is never satisfied. what can I do? (August 2014)
rocking: a simple first stop to bonding, and it doesn’t just apply to infants (review) (August 2014)
tips on bonding with an adopted or foster child (August 2014)
attachment in adoption & foster care: the first things we need to know (review) (August 2014)
what’s next? a look at life after bonding takes place (July 2014)
therapeutic parents need breaks, but balance is key (July2014)
why Ready or Not: a 30-Day Discovery for Families Growing through Foster Care & Adoption – is WORTH your time (July 2014)
questions about birth family (July 2014)
the lies are like flies and multiplying quickly: why adopted and foster children lie (June 2014)
6 reasons to hug (June 2014)
when words are triggers (adoption/foster) (June 2014)
emotional age vs. chronological age (May 2014)
birth family relationships (May 2014)
why Grandma & Grandpa’s parenting techniques don’t work with adopted/foster kids (May 2014)
is love enough? (April 2014)
tips for a better summer vacation
keep it simple: simple language = understanding (April 2014)
radio show: Adoption Perspectives (April 2014)
6 things you shouldn’t say to, or in front of your child (March 2014)
the orphan’s brain (March 2014)
the lies hurting children believe (February 2014)
7 reasons why time-in NOT time-out (February 2014)
hurting children CAN develop empathy (February 2014)
your likes DON’T = their likes (February 2014)
does your child like their therapist? (January 2014)
time + time + time (January 2014)
the intelligence behind a hurting child (January 2014)
why consequences & rewards don’t work (January 2014)
give negativity a noose (January 2014)
negativity is contagious (January 2014)
my wish for you in 2014 (December 2013)
the importance of consistency and routine (December 2013)
we are our child’s best therapist (November 2013)
taking the HAUNT out of Halloween (October 2013)
making Halloween happier (October 2013)
be big picture positive (October 2013)
putting the HOPE in HOPEless (October 2013)
developmental stage or attachment issues? (October 2013)
detecting attachment issues (October 2013)
what’s on their mind? (September 2013)

emotional balance begins with us (feelings: part 1) (September 2013)
name those feelings (feelings: part 2) (September 2013)
be available (feelings: part 3) (September 2013)
just deal with it (feelings: part 4) (September 2013)
it’s your fault, mom (August 2013)
what happens when our hurting children can’t sleep? (August 2013)
rocking: a simple first step to bonding (and it doesn’t just apply to infants) (May 2013)

the magic word (August 2013)

staying calm in the midst of a storm (August 2013)
what level are you on? (August 2013)
connecting with compassion (July 2013)
why “good nights” are illusive (sleep issues: part 1) (July 2013)
no really, good night (sleep issues: part 2) (July 2013)
tackle one behavior at a time (July 2013)
does your child make you mad? (July 2013)
play = bonding time (July 2013)
attachment in adoption – the first things we need to know (April 2013)
let’s bond already: creating attachment with an adopted child (May 2013)
rocking: a simple first step to bonding (and it doesn’t just apply to infants) (May 2013)
trauma focused equine therapy (June 2013)

NEGLECT, TRAUMA, RAD & ATTACHMENT ISSUES:
the adopted & foster child’s ability to adapt (October 2015)
4 tips on finding the right adoption or foster care support group for you
(July 2015)
this IS what I signed up for (on autism, adoption & all of the above) (June 2015)
orphanages in America & 5 things you can do to help (June 2015)
adoption and foster care in the classroom (May 2015)
should I change my adopted child’s name? (May 2015)
it’s not “just a kid thing”: behaviors in adopted and foster children (April 2015)
15 tips on how to be an awesome foster and adoptive parent (April 2015)
are your worries about your child’s future stealing joy from the present? (April 2015)
sensory processing disorder and the classroom (March 2015)
don’t quit – why you want to quit and why you shouldn’t
(March 2015)
10 ways to bond with your adopted or foster child (March 2015)
positive words: how to encourage your foster and adopted children (February 2015)
your words are hurting my child (February 2015)
Our Words and How They Affect Our Kids (February 2015)
the best sensory toys (part 2) (February 2015)
the best sensory toys (part 1) (February 2015)
putting the “A” in Adoption: adoption from an adult adoptees perspective (January 2015)
it’s not all bad: looking for the good in your child (January 2015)
top 4 posts of 2014 (and more) (January 2015)
it takes a village: how one organization takes the concept and applies it to adoption (December 2014)
setting up for success: preparing your family for adoption and foster care (November 2014)
taking the HAUNT out of Halloween (October 2014)
the nitty gritty: if you DON’T want your foster or adopted child to thrive, DON’T read this (October 2014)
what emotion is my adopted/foster child dealing with?
(October 2014)
can a hurting child make choices? (September 2014)
what a relationship from a movie can teach us about adoption and foster care
(September 2014)
how to help your adopted/foster child sleep (sleep issues part 2) (September 2014)
why adopted and foster children have sleep issues (sleep issues part 1) (August 2014)
my adopted/foster child is never satisfied. what can I do? (August 2014)
every child is worth it: adopting an older child (August 2014)
rocking: a simple first step to bonding, and it doesn’t just apply to infants
(review) (August 2014)
will they adopt me? adoption from a childs perspective (August 2014)
tips on bonding with an adopted or foster child (August 2014)
attachment in adoption & foster care: the first things we need to know (review) (August 2014)
what’s next? a look at life after bonding takes place
(July 2014)
therapeutic parents need breaks, but balance is key (July 2014)
why Ready or Not: a 30-Day Discovery for Families Growing through Foster Care & Adoption – is WORTH your time (July 2014)
questions about birth family (July 2014)
the lies are like flies and multiplying quickly: why adopted and foster children lie (June 2014)
6 reasons to hug (June 2014)
when words are triggers (adoption/foster) (June 2014)
great special ed teachers = priceless (June 2014)
emotional age vs. chronological age (May 2014)
our semi-open adoption
(May 2014)
birth family relationships
(May 2014)
why Grandma & Grandpa’s parenting techniques don’t work with adopted/foster kids (May 2014)
is love enough? (April 2014)
tips for a better summer vacation
keep it simple: simple language = understanding (April 2014)
4 reasons why the foster system is STILL failing (April 2014)
April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April 2014)
radio show: Adoption Perspectives (April 2014)
6 things you shouldn’t say to, or in front of your child (March 2014)
the orphan’s brain (March 2014)
the lies hurting children believe
(February 2014)
7 reasons why time-in NOT time-out (February 2014)
hurting children CAN develop empathy (February 2014)
your likes DON’T = their likes (February 2014)
does your child like their therapist? (January 2014)
time + time + time (January 2014)
the intelligence behind a hurting child (January 2014)
why consequences & rewards don’t work (January 2014)
give negativity a noose (January 2014)
negativity is contagious
 (January 2014)
my wish for you in 2014 (December 2013)
the importance of consistency & routine (December 2013)
Santa’s big secret: to tell or not to tell (December 2013)
thankful therapy (November 2013)
avoid holiday hassles (November 2013)
HARD is the BEST thing I’ve ever done (November 2013)
we are our child’s best therapist (November 2013)
taking the HAUNT out of Halloween (October 2013)
making Halloween happier (October 2013)
be big picture positive (October 2013)
putting the HOPE in HOPEless (October 2013)
what invisible illnesses taught me about humanity (October 2013)
developmental stage or attachment issues? (October 2013)
they seized the spotlight (October 2013)
detecting attachment issues (October 2013)
what’s on their mind?
 (September 2013)

rehoming: a Reuters investigation (shared by NBC) (September 2013)
emotional balance begins with us (feelings: part 1)  (September 2013)
name those feelings (feelings: part 2) (September 2013)
be available (feelings: part 3) (September 2013)
just deal with it (feelings: part 4) (September 2013)
adoption and stranger danger (August 2013)
study your child (August 2013)
it’s your fault, mom (August 2013)
what happens when our hurting children can’t sleep? (August 2013)
the magic word (August 2013)
make this school year exceptional (August 2013)
staying calm in the midst of a storm (August 2013)
what level are you on? (August 2013)
connecting with compassion (July 2013)
why “good nights” are illusive (sleep issues : part 1) (July 2013)
no really, good night (sleep issues: part 2) (July 2013)
tackle on behavior at a time (July 2013)
just my opinion on “labels” (July 2013)

13 (funny) reasons you know your child has SPD (July 2013)
new scientific evidence for Sensory Processing Disorder (July 2013)
Sensory Processing #2 (does your child have sensory issues?) (July 2013)
Sensory Processing Disorder #1 (what it is) (July 2013)
does your child make you mad? (July 2013)
a parent getaway (July 2013)
play = bonding time (July 2013)
what can a diagnosis mean? (July 2013)
finding joy (and dealing with unforgiveness) (July 2013)
imagination. where is it? (July 2013)
the behavior battle (June 2013)
signs of neglect, trauma, and attachment issues (May 2013)
let’s bond already – creating attachment with an adopted child (May 2013)
attachment in adoption – the first things we need to know (April 2013)
the behavior battle (June 2013)
trauma focused equine therapy (June 2013)
rocking: a simple first step to bonding (and it doesn’t just apply to infants) (May 2013)
rock-a-bye-baby isn’t so simple (Feb 2011)
what creates a resilient adopted child? (April 2013)
her name is Bella (Dec 2010)
why is he so jealous? (March 2011)
rocking: it heals (March 2011)

BEHAVIORS in adopted/foster children:
the adopted & foster child’s ability to adapt (October 2015)
4 tips for finding the right adoption or foster care support group for you
(July 2015)
this IS what I signed up for (autism, adoption & all of the above) (June 2015)
should I change my adopted child’s name? (May 2015)
it’s not “just a kid thing”: behaviors in adopted and foster children (April 2015)
15 tips on how to be an awesome foster and adoptive parent (April 2015)
are your worries about your child’s future stealing joy from the present? (April 2015)
sensory processing disorder and the classroom (March 2015)
don’t quit – why you want to quit and why you shouldn’t (March 2015)
10 ways to bond with your adopted or foster child
(March 2015)
positive words: how to encourage your foster and adopted children (February 2015)
your words are hurting my child (February 2015)
Our Words and How They Affect Our Kids (February 2015)
the best sensory toys (part 2) (February 2015)
the best sensory toys (part 1) (February 2015)
it’s not all bad: looking for the good in your child (January 2015)
top 4 posts of 2014 (and more) (January 2015)
taking the HAUNT out of Halloween (October 2014)
the nitty gritty: if you DON’T want your foster or adopted child to thrive, DON’T read this (October 2014)
what emotion is my adopted/foster child dealing with? (October 2014)
can a hurting child make choices?
(September 2014)
what a relationship from a movie can teach us about adoption and foster care (September 2014)
how to help your adopted/foster child sleep (sleep issues part 2)
(September 2014)
why adopted and foster children have sleep issues (sleep issues part 1) (August 2014)
my adopted/foster child is never satisfied. what can I do? (August 2014)
every child is worth it: adopting an older child (August 2014)
rocking: a simple first step to bonding, and it doesn’t just apply to infants (review) (August 2014)
will they adopt me? adoption from a childs perspective (August 2014)
tips on bonding with an adopted or foster child (August 2014)
attachment in adoption & foster care: the first things we need to know (review) (August 2014)
what’s next? a look at life after bonding takes place (July 2014)
therapeutic parents need breaks, but balance is key (July 2014)
why Ready or Not: a 30-Day Discovery for Families Growing through Foster Care & Adoption – is WORTH your time (July 2014)
questions about birth family (July 2014)
the lies are like flies and multiplying quickly: why adopted and foster children lie (June 2014)
6 reasons to hug (June 2014)
when words are triggers (June 2014)
emotional age vs. chronological age
(May 2014)
our semi-open adoption (May 2014)
birth family relationships (May 2014)
why Grandma & Grandpa’s parenting techniques don’t work with adopted/foster kids (May 2014)
is love enough?
(April 2014)
tips for a better summer vacation
keep it simple: simple language = understanding (April 2014)
radio show: Adoption Perspectives (April 2014)
6 things you shouldn’t say to, or in front of your child (March 2014)
the orphan’s brain (March 2014)
the lies hurting children believe (February 2014)
7 reasons why time-in NOT time-out (February 2014)
your likes DON’T = their likes (February 2014)
does your child like their therapist? (January 2014)
time + time + time (January 2014)
the intelligence behind a hurting child (January 2014)
why consequences & rewards don’t work (January 2014)
give negativity a noose (January 2014)
negativity is contagious
 (January 2014)
viewing my nonverbal child differently
 (December 2013)
the importance of consistency & routine (December 2013)
thankful therapy (November 2013)
avoid holiday hassles (November 2013)
we are our child’s best therapist (November 2013)
taking the HAUNT out of Halloween (October 2013)
making Halloween happier (October 2013)
be big picture positive (October 2013)
putting the HOPE in HOPEless (October 2013)
what invisible illnesses taught me about humanity (October 2013)
developmental stage or attachment issues? (October 2013)
detecting attachment issues (October 2013)
what’s on their mind? (September 2013)
rehoming: a Reuters investigation (shared by NBC) (September 2013)
emotional balance begins with us (feelings: part 1) (September 2013)
name those feelings (feelings: part 2) (September 2013)
be available (feelings: part 3) (September 2013)
just deal with it (feelings: part 4) (September 2013)
study your child (August 2013)
it’s your fault, mom (August 2013)
what happens when our hurting children can’t sleep? (August 2013)
the magic word (August 2013)
make this school year exceptional (August 2013)
staying calm in the midst of a storm (August 2013)
what level are you on? (August 2013)
why “good nights” are illusive (sleep issues: part 1) (July 2013)
no really, good night (sleep issues: part 2) (July 2013)
tackle one behavior at a time (July 2013)
just my opinion on “labels” (July 2013)
13 (funny) reasons you know your child has SPD (July 2013)
new scientific evidence for Sensory Processing Disorder (July 2013)
Sensory Processing Disorder #2 (does your child have sensory issues?) (July 2013)
Sensory Processing Disorder #1 (what it is) (July 2013)
the behavior battle (June 2013)
rocking: a simple first step to bonding (and it doesn’t just apply to infants) (May 2013)
how paradoxical parenting works (May 2013)
why is he so jealous? (March 2011)

SPECIAL NEEDS:
how will paramedics now my child…has autism, can’t talk, has severe allergies, has a serious illness? (June 2016)
nonverbal autistic children have something to say
(March 2016)
perfection and people’s pervasive disrespect for the autistic person
(October 2015)
this IS what I signed up for (autism, adoption & all of the above) (June 2015)
5 tips for parents of special needs children (June 2015)
believe in your child (autism) (May 2015)
why you should teach your autistic child to say NO (May 2015)
it’s not “just a kid thing”: behaviors in adopted and foster children (April 2015)
autism siblings: what a 7-year-old has to say about autism and her brother (April 2015)
how Autism Speaks spreads awareness: it’s not what you think (April 2015)
when parents accept autism, the world will too (April 2015)
sensory processing disorder and the classroom (March 2015)
give your autistic child ways to “talk” about the past (March 2015)
positive words: how to encourage your foster and adopted children (February 2015)
navigating IEP meetings (February 2015)
your words are hurting my child (adoption/foster)
(February 2015)
the best sensory toys (part 2) (February 2015)
the best sensory toys (part 1) (February 2015)
it’s in a word: autistic vs. has autism (January 2015)
it’s not all bad: looking for the good in your child (January 2015)
they can hear you (January 2015)
it’s not a pity party if someone else throws it (January 2015)
top 4 posts of 2014 (and more) (January 2015)
look for the “why”: Autism & ABA Therapy (December 2014)
the secret joys of Autism (December 2014)
I wish the worlds view of Autism would change (November 2014)
5 reasons why Jerry Seinfeld’s announcement about Autism bothers me (November 2014)
special needs: how kids accept one another (November 2014)
on hold: when skills in Autism fluctuate (November 2014)
how you can help end bullying (October 2014)
taking the HAUNT out of Halloween (adoption/foster care) (October 2014)
Autism Therapy: all children are unique, even those with Autism
(October 2014)
seizures and Autism: a visit to Children’s Hospital
(October 2014)
the nitty gritty: if you DON’T want your foster or adopted child to thrive, DON’T read this (October 2014)
what works for your Autistic child: when therapies and programs don’t fit (October 2014)
5 things Autism parents are tired of hearing
(September 2014)
what emotion is my adopted/foster child dealing with?
(October 2014)
what if my Autistic child never says, “I love you”? (September 2014)
can a hurting child make choices? (adoption & foster care) (September 2014)
are nurses and doctors familiar with Autism?
(September 2014)
what a relationship from a movie can teach us about adoption and foster care (September 2014)
where the abuse of Autistic people begins (September 2014)
how to help your adopted/foster child sleep (sleep issues part 2) (September 2014)
Autism Birthdays (September 2014)
why adopted and foster children have sleep issues (sleep issues part 1) (August 2014)
my adopted/foster child is never satisfied. what can I do? (August 2014)
every child is worth it: adopting an older child (August 2014)
rocking: a simple first step to bonding, and it doesn’t just apply to infants (review) (August 2014)
inclusion vs exclusion: special needs in the classroom (August 2014)
will they adopt me? adoption from a childs perspective
(August 2014)
tips on bonding with an adopted or foster child (August 2014)
contradicting the norm: autism on the playground (August 2014)
what if my special needs child lives with me forever?
(August 2014)
what’s next? a look at life after bonding takes place (July 2014)
I have Autism and the world treats me different (July 2014)
therapeutic parents need breaks, but balance is key (July 2014)
what to communicate with your child’s teacher: Autism in the classroom (July 2014)
6 tips on taking an Autistic child on vacation (July 2014)
4 reasons why you should teach your Autistic child to swim (July 2014)
how to teach your Autistic child to swim (July 2014)
the lies are like flies and multiplying quickly: why adopted and foster children lie (June 2014)
“scream rooms” and shock therapy being used on Autistic children: Do you know what your school’s doing? (June 2014)
6 reasons to hug (June 2014)
when words are triggers (adoption/foster) (June 2014)
great special ed teachers = priceless (June 2014)
watch for clues: understanding your Autistic child (June 2014)
emotional age vs. chronological age (adoption/foster) (May 2014)
our semi-open adoption
(May 2014)
is changing Autism acceptable? (May 2014)
get the right response (Autism) (May 2014)
birth family relationships (adoption/foster) (May 2014)
why Grandma & Grandpa’s parenting techniques don’t work with adopted/foster kids (May 2014)
is love enough? (adoption/foster) (April 2014)
6+ ways to help your child when they can’t communicate (Autism/special needs) (April 2014)
tips for a better summer vacation

keep it simple: simple language = understanding
(Adoption/foster) (April 2014)
we are what we eat: food and its effects on Autism (April 2014)
more perspectives on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – Autism (April 2014)
radio show: Adoption Perspectives (April 2014)
my thought on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – Autism
(March 2014)
6 things you shouldn’t say to, or in front of your child (adoption/foster)(March 2014)
your child can hear you (Autism/special needs) (March 2014)
why my child is “differently abled” not “disabled” (March 2014)
the orphan’s brain (March 2014)
my child’s an individual
 (Autism/special needs) (March 2014)
the lies hurting children believe  (adoption/foster) (February 2014)
the board’s decision overrides (February 21014)
7 reasons why time-in NOT time-out (adoption/foster) (February 2014)
Out of My Mind – including special needs (February 2014)
hurting children CAN develop empathy (adoption/foster) (February 2014)
what is inclusion? (February 2014)
we’re ALL the lucky ones (February 2014)
so many things I’d say if only I were able (Autism/special needs) (February 2014)
does your child like their therapist? (January 2014)
time + time + time (adoption/foster) (January 2014)
the intelligence behind a hurting child (adoption/foster) (January 2014)
Autism in the hospital (January 2014)
why consequences & rewards don’t work  (adoption/foster) (January 2014)
give negativity a noose (January 2014)
negativity is contagious
 (January 2014)
be positive for the little people – part 2 (Autism) (January 2014)
be positive for the little people – part 1 (Autism) (January 2014)
my wish for you in 2014 (December 2013)
viewing my nonverbal child differently (December 2013)
the importance of consistency & routine (December 2013)
hardly typical (reposted from Moved by Mercy) (December 2013)
thankful therapy (November 2013)
avoid holiday hassles (November 2013)
forgiving the flippant remarks (November 2013)
HARD is the BEST thing I’ve ever done (November 2013)
we are our child’s best therapist (November 2013)
taking the HAUNT out of Halloween (October 2013)
making Halloween happier (October 2013)
be big picture positive (October 2013)
putting the HOPE in HOPEless (October 2013)
what invisible illnesses taught me about humanity (October 2013)
they seized the spotlight (October 2013)
detecting attachment issues (October 2013)
what’s on their mind? (September 2013)
rehoming: a Reuters investigation (shared by NBC) (September 2013)
adoption and stranger danger (August 2013)
study your child (August 2013)
it’s your fault, mom (August 2013)
what happens when our hurting children can’t sleep? (August 2013)
the magic word (August 2013)
make this school year exceptional (August 2013)
staying calm in the midst of a storm (August 2013)
what level are you on? (August 2013)
why “good nights” are illusive (sleep issues: part 1) (July 2013)
no really, good night (sleep issues: part 2) (July 2013)
just my opinion on “labels” (July 2013)
13 (funny) reasons you know your child has SPD (July 2013)
new scientific evidence for Sensory Processing Disorder (July 2013)
Sensory Processing Disorder #2 (does your child have sensory issues?) (July 2013)
Sensory Processing Disorder #1 (what it is) (July 2013)
what can a diagnosis mean? (July 2013)
finding joy (and dealing with unforgiveness) (July 2013)
imagination. where is it? (July 2013)
the behavior battle (June 2013)
he almost left his disabled daughter (June 2013)
adoption = special needs (June 2013)
adopting a child with HIV/AIDS (June 2013)
discovering the child behind the label (adopting a special needs child) (June 2013)
rocking: a simple first step to bonding (and it doesn’t just apply to infants) (May 2013)

GENERAL ADOPTION:
the adopted & foster child’s ability to adapt (October 2015)
4 tips for finding the right adoption or foster care support group for you
(July 2015)
which foster/adoption agency should you use? (June 2015)
this IS what I signed up for (autism, adoption & all of the above) (June 2015)
orphanages in America & 5 things you can do to help (June 2015)
why you THINK I adopted or fostered, but you may be wrong (May 2015)
adoption and foster care in the classroom (May 2015)
should I change my adopted child’s name? (May 2015)
it’s not “just a kid thing”: behaviors in adopted and foster children (April 2015)
why the adoptive parent’s opinions matter (April 2015)
15 tips on how to be an awesome foster and adoptive parent (April 2015)
are your worries about your child’s future stealing joy from the present? (April 2015)
sensory processing disorder and the classroom (March 2015)
don’t quit – why you want to quit and why you shouldn’t
(March 2015)
10 ways to bond with your adopted or foster child (March 2015)
positive words: how to encourage your foster and adopted children (February 2015)
your words are hurting my child (February 2015)
Our Words and How They Affect Our Kids (February 2015)
the best sensory toys (part 2) (February 2015)
the best sensory toys (part 1) (February 2015)
putting the “A” in Adoption: adoption from an adult adoptees perspective (January 2015)
it’s not all bad: looking for the good in your child (January 2015)
top 4 posts of 2014 (and more) (January 2015)
it takes a village: how one organization takes this concept and applies it to adoption (December 2014)
setting up for success: preparing your family for adoption and foster care (November 2014)
taking the HAUNT out of Halloween (October 2014)
the nitty gritty: if you DON’T  want your foster or adopted child to thrive, DON’T read this (October 2014)
what emotion is my adopted/foster child dealing with? (October 2014)
can a hurting child make choices? (September 2014)
what a relationship from a movie can teach us about adoption and foster care (September 2014)
how to help your adopted/foster child sleep (sleep issues part 2) (September 2014)
why adopted and foster children have sleep issues (sleep issues part 1
) (August 2014)
my adopted/foster child is never satisfied. what can I do? (August 2014)
every child is worth it: adopting an older child (August 2014)
rocking: a simple first step to bonding, and it doesn’t just apply to infants (review) (August 2014)
will they adopt me? adoption from a childs perspective (August 2014)
tips on bonding with an adopted or foster child (August 2014)
attachment in adoption & foster care: the first things we need to know (review) (August 2014)
what’s next? a look at life after bonding takes place (July 2014)
therapeutic parents need breaks, but balance is key (July 2014)
why Ready or Not: a 30-Day Discovery for Families Growing through Foster Care & Adoption – is WORTH your time (July 2014)
questions about birth family (July 2014)
the lies are like flies and multiplying quickly: why adopted and foster children lie (june 2014)
6 reasons to hug (June 2014)
when words are triggers (June 2014)
8 ways to help foster youth who are aging out of the system (June 2014)
emotional age vs. chronological age (May 2014)
our semi-open adoption
(May 2014)
birth family relationships (May 2014)
why Grandma & Grandpa’s parenting techniques don’t work with adopted/foster kids (May 2014)
is love enough? (April 2014)
tips for a better summer vacation
keep it simple: simple language = understanding
(April 2014)
4 reasons why the foster system is STILL failing (April 2014)
April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April 2014)
radio show: Adoption Perspectives (April 2014)
6 things you shouldn’t say to, or in front of your child (March 2014)
the orphan’s brain (March 2014)
the lies hurting children believe (February 2014)
7 reasons why time-in NOT time-out (February 2014)
hurting children CAN develop empathy (February 2014)
your likes DON’T = their likes (February 2014)
we’re ALL the lucky ones (February 2014)
does your child like their therapist? (January 2014)
time + time + time (January 2014)
the intelligence behind a hurting child
(January 2014)
why consequences & rewards don’t work (January 2014)
give negativity a noose (January 2014)
negativity is contagious
 (January 2014)
my wish for you in 2014 (December 2013)
baby pics and family trees (December 2013)
the importance of consistency & routine (December 2013)
Santa’s big secret: to tell or not to tell (December 2013)
thankful therapy (November 2013)
avoid holiday hassles (November 2013)
forgiving the flippant remarks
 (November 2013)
HARD is the BEST thing I’ve ever done (November 2013)
NBC’s TODAY Show focuses on adoption (November 2013)
we are our child’s best therapist (November 2013)
taking the HAUNT out of Halloween (October 2013)
making Halloween happier (October 2013)
be big picture positive (October 2013)
putting the HOPE in HOPEless (October 2013)
what invisible illnesses taught me about humanity (October 2013)
developmental stage or attachment issues? (October 2013)
detecting attachment issues (October 2013)
they seized the spotlight
 (October 2013)
detecting attachment issues (October 2013)
what’s on their mind? (September 2013)
rehoming: a Reuters investigation (shared by NBC) (September 2013)
emotional balance begins with us (feelings: part 1)
 (September 2013)

name those feelings (feelings: part 2) (September 2013)
be available (feelings: part 3) (September 2013)
just deal with it (feelings: part 4) (September 2013)
adoption and stranger danger (August 2013)
study your child (August 2013)
it’s your fault, mom (August 2013)
what happens when our hurting children can’t sleep? (August 2013)
the magic word (August 2013)
make this school year exceptional (August 2013)
staying calm in the midst of a storm (August 2013)
what level are you on? (August 2013)
the fascination with adoption (August 2013)
connecting with compassion (July 2013)
why “good nights” are illusive (sleep issues: part 1) (July 2013)
no really, good night (sleep issues: part 2) (July 2013)
tackle one behavior at a time (July 2013)
just my opinion on “labels” (July 2013)
Sensory Processing Disorder #2 (does your child have sensory issues?)  (July 2013)
Sensory Processing Disorder #1 (what it is) (July 2013)
does your child make you mad? (July 2013)
a parent getaway (July 2013)
play = bonding time (July 2013)
the behavior battle (June 2013)
rocking: a simple firs step to bonding (and it doesn’t just apply to infants) (May 2013)
rock-a-bye-baby isn’t so simple (Feb 2011)
trauma focused equine therapy (June 2013)
signs of neglect, trauma, and attachment issues (May 2013)
let’s bond already – creating attachment with an adopted child (May 2013)
attachment in adoption – the first things we need to know (April 2013)
celebrity adoptions (what is the problem?) (April 2013)
the power’s in the power washer (God working through me) (Sept 2011)
catching a passion (for adoption) (June 2011)
don’t “nuke” the nuclear family – by Scott Chaussee (May 2011)
not many people ask the hard questions (May 2011)
appropriate adoption language (April 2011)
thee wilt teach me patience (April 2011)
“Anne of Green Gables”: not such an innocent show (March 2011)
we always hear the other side (perspective of some adoptees) (Feb 2011)
the new couple (Dec 2010)
her name is Bella (Dec 2010)
give thanks (Nov 2010)
a baby scrapbook brings the unexpected (Nov 2010)
a path chosen or destined (Nov 2010)
10 minutes of fame (okay 2 minutes) (Nov 2010)
feelings on bio parents (Nov 2010)
love this… (Oct 2010)
interesting quote (Sept 2010)

FOSTER CARE:
the adopted & foster child’s ability to adapt (October 2015)
4 tips for finding the right adoption or foster care support group for you
(July 2015)
which foster/adoption agency should you use? (June 2015)
this IS what I signed up for (autism, adoption & all of the above) (June 2015)
orphanages in America & 5 things you can do to help (June 2015)
why you THINK I adopted or fostered, but you may be wrong (May 2015)
adoption and foster care in the classroom (May 2015)
should I change my adopted child’s name? (May 2015)
it’s not “just a kid thing”: behaviors in adopted and foster children (April 2015)
why the adoptive parent’s opinions matter (April 2015)
15 tips on how to be an awesome foster and adoptive parent (April 2015)
are your worries about your child’s future stealing joy from the present? (April 2015)
sensory processing disorder and the classroom (March 2015)
don’t quit – why you want to quit and why you shouldn’t (March 2015)
10 ways to bond with your adopted or foster child (March 2015)
positive words: how to encourage your foster and adopted children (February 2015)
your words are hurting my child (February 2015)
Our Words and How They Affect Our Kids (February 2015)
the best sensory toys (part 2) (February 2015)
the best sensory toys (part 1) (February 2015)
it’s not all bad: looking for the good in your child (January 2015)
top 4 posts of 2014 (and more) (January 2015)
setting up for success: preparing your family for adoption and foster care (November 2014)
taking the HAUNT out of Halloween (October 2014)
the nitty gritty: if you DON’T want your foster or adopted child to thrive, DON’T read this (October 2014)
what emotion is my adopted/foster child dealing with? (October 2014)
can a hurting child make choices? (September 2014)
what a relationship from a movie can teach us about adoption and foster care (September 2014)
how to help your adopted/foster child sleep (sleep issues part 2)
(September 2014)
why adopted and foster children have sleep issues (sleep issues part 1) (August 2014)
my adopted/foster child is never satisfied. what can I do? (August 2014)
every child is worth it: adopting an older child (August 2014)
rocking:a simple first step to bonding, and it doesn’t just apply to infants (review) (August 2014)
will they adopt me? adoption from a childs perspective (August 2014)
tips on bonding with an adopted or foster child (August 2014)
attachment in adoption & foster care: the first things we need to know (review) (August 2014)
what’s next? a look at life after bonding takes place (July 2014)
therapeutic parents need breaks, but balance is key (July 2014)
why Ready or Not: a 30-Day Discovery for Families Growing through Foster Care & Adoption – is WORTH your time (July 2014)
foster care today & a look at Lisa Ling’s report on foster care for the Oprah Winfrey Network (July 2014)
questions about birth family
(July 2014)
the lies are like flies and multiplying quickly: why adopted and foster children lie (June 2014)
6 reasons to hug (June 2014)
when words are triggers (June 2014)
8 ways to help foster youth who are aging out of the system (June 2014)
emotional age vs. chronological age (May 2014)
our semi-open adoption
(May 2014)
birth family relationships (May 2014)
why Grandma & Grandpa’s parenting techniques don’t work with adopted/foster kids
(May 2014)
is love enough? (April 2014)
tips for a better summer vacation
keep it simple: simple language = understanding (April 2014)
4 reasons why the foster system is STILL failing (April 2014)
April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April 2014)
radio show: Adoption Perspectives (April 2014)
6 things you shouldn’t say to, or in front of your child (March 2014)
why my child is “differently abled” not “disabled” (March 2014)
the orphan’s brain (March 2014)
the lies hurting children believe (February 2014)
7 reasons why time-in NOT time-out (February 2014)
hurting children CAN develop empathy (February 2014)
your likes DON’T = their likes (February 2014)
we’re ALL the lucky ones (February 2014)
does your child like their therapist?
(January 2014)
time + time + time (January 2014)
the intelligence behind a hurting child (January 2014)
why consequences & rewards don’t work (January 2014)
give negativity a noose (January 2014)
negativity is contagious
 (January 2014)
my wish for you in 2014 (December 2013)
baby pics and family trees (December 2013)
the importance of consistency & routine (December 2013)
Santa’s big secret: to tell or not to tell (December 2013)
thankful therapy (November 2013)
avoid holiday hassles (November 2013)
forgiving the flippant remarks (November 2013)
HARD is the BEST thing I’ve ever done (November 2013)
NBC’s TODAY Show focuses on adoption (November 2013)
we are our child’s best therapist (November 2013)
taking the HAUNT out of Halloween (October 2013)
making Halloween happier (October 2013)
be big picture positive  (October 2013)
putting the HOPE in HOPEless (October 2013)
what invisible illnesses taught me about humanity (October 2013)
developmental stage or attachment issues? (October 2013)
they seized the spotlight (October 2013)
detecting attachment issues (October 2013)
what’s on their mind? (September 2013)
emotional balance begins with us (feelings: part 1) (September 2013)
name those feelings (feelings: part 2) (September 2013)
be available (feelings: part 3) (September 2013)
just deal with it (feelings: part 4) (September 2013)
adoption and stranger danger (also applies to foster care) (August 2013)
study your child (August 2013)
it’s your fault, mom (August 2013)
what happens when our hurting children can’t sleep? (August 2013)
the magic word (August 2013)
make this school year exceptional (August 2013)
staying calm in the midst of a storm (August 2013)
what level are you on? (August 2013)
the fascination with adoption (August 2013)
connecting with compassion (July 2013)
why “good nights” are illusive (sleep issues: part 1) (July 2013)
no really, good night (sleep issues: part 2) (July 2013)
tackle one behavior at a time (July 2013)
Sensory Processing Disorder #2 (does your child have sensory issues?) (July 2013)
Sensory Processing Disorder #1 (what it is) (July 2013)
does your child make you mad? (July 2013)
a parent getaway (July 2013)
finding joy (and dealing with unforgiveness) (July 2013)
the behavior battle (June 2013)
trauma focused equine therapy (June 2013)
rocking: a simple first step to bonding (and it doesn’t just apply to infants) (May 2013)
signs of neglect, trauma, and attachment issues (May 2013)
let’s bond already – creating attachment with an adopted child (May 2013)
attachment in adoption – the first things we need to know (April 2013)
rock-a-bye-baby isn’t so simple (Feb 2011)
court decisions (June 2010)
termination proceedings begin (July 2010)
happy guy (July 2010)
**why I send updates to workers (July 2010)
behind? don’t think so (child’s development during parental visitations) (Aug 2010)
little Jeremiah turns 1 (Sept 2010)
interesting quote (Sept 2010)
words from the leery (Sept 2010)
love this… (Oct 2010)
there’s nothing i can do (Oct 2010)
falling (lack of self-preservation) (Nov 2010)
feelings on bio parents (Nov 2010)
termination date set (Nov 2010)
10 minutes of fame (okay 2 minutes) (Nov 2010)
a path chosen or destined (Nov 2010)
a baby scrapbook brings the unexpected (Nov 2010)
Jeremiah’s bio mom is back (Nov 2010)
can you hear me now? (Dec 2010)
changes in the works (DHS/CPS) (Dec 2010)
on the fast track (Dec 2010)
postponed until further notice?!!! (Jan 2011)
we always hear the other side (perspective from the adoptee) (Feb 2011)
request for more parenting time. status: denied (March 2011)
CASA: this one’s a Godsend (March 2011)
separation of church and state (March 2011)
i don’t want to (a child’s wishes being portrayed) (March 2011)
7 days until Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) (April 2011)
thee wilt teach me patience (April 2011)
dear social workers, i am done (April 2011)
getting closer (to termination) (April 2011)
termination granted (April 2011)
last one (last visit with bio parents) (April 2011)
adoption date? (April 2011)
appropriate adoption language (April 2011)
time, time, time is tickin’ away (May 2011)
adoption date! (June 2011)
does foster care require all of us? (Sept 2011)

OUR FAMILY:
nonverbal autistic children have something to say (March 2016)
perfection and people’s pervasive disrespect for the autistic person (October 2015)
why you THINK I adopted or fostered, but you may be wrong (May 2015)
5 tips for parents of special needs kids (June 2015)
adoption and foster care in the classroom (May 2015)
believe in your child (autism) (May 2015)
autism siblings: what a 7-year-old has to say about autism and her brother (April 2015)
when parents accept autism, the world will too (April 2015)
give your autistic child ways to “talk” about the past (March 2015)
navigating IEP meetings (February 2015)
it’s not a pity party if someone else throws it (Autism) (January 2015)
top 4 posts of 2014 (and more) (January 2015)
the secret joys of Autism (December 2014)
I wish the worlds view of Autism would change (November 2014)
5 reasons why Jerry Seinfeld’s announcement about Autism bothers me (November 2014)
special needs: how kids accept one another (November 2014)
on hold: when skills in Autism fluctuate (October 2014)
Autism Therapy: all children are unique, even those with Autism (October 2014)
seizures and Autism: a visit to Children’s Hospital (October 2014)
what works for your Autistic child: when therapies and programs don’t fit (October 2014)
5 things Autism parents are tired of hearing (September 2014)
what if my Autistic child never says, “I love you”? (September 2014)
are nurses and doctors familiar with Autism? (September 2014)
Autism Birthdays (September 2014)
every child is worth it: adopting an older child (August 2014)
contradicting the norm: autism on the playground (August 2014)
what if my special needs child lives with me forever? (August 2014)
I have Autism and the world treats me different (July 2014)
4 reasons why you should teach your Autistic child to swim (july 2014)
great special ed teachers = priceless (June 2014)
watch for clues: understanding your Autistic child (June 2014)
our semi-open adoption (May 2014)
why Grandma & Grandpa’s parenting techniques don’t work with adopted/foster kids (May 2014)
is love enough? (April 2014)
4 reasons why the foster system is STILL failing (April 2014)
radio show: Adoption Perspectives (April 2014)
why my child is “differently abled” not “disabled” (March 2014)
my child’s an individual (March 2014)
the board’s decision overrides (February 2014)
Out of My Mind – including special needs (February 2014)
hurting children CAN develop empathy (February 2014)
we’re ALL the lucky ones (February 2014)
so many things I’d say if only I were able (February 2014)
Autism in the hospital (January 2014)
be positive for the little people – part 1 (Autism) (January 2014)
viewing my nonverbal child differently (December 2013)
Santa’s big secret: to tell or not to tell (December 2013)
forgiving the flippant remarks (November 2013)
HARD is the BEST thing I’ve ever done (November 2013)
making Halloween happier (October 2013)
be big picture positive (October 2013)
putting the HOPE in HOPEless (October 2013)
what invisible illnesses taught me about humanity (October 2013)
they seized the spotlight (October 2013)
the fascination with adoption (August 2013)
connecting with compassion (July 2013)
just my opinion on “labels” (July 2013)
grandma (June 2013)
is this vacation? (May 2013)
Jeremiah’s 2! (Sept 2011)
adoption date! (June 2011)
time, time, time is tickin’ away (May 2011)
adoption date? (April 2011)
last one (last visit with bio parents) (April 2011)
termination granted (April 2011)
getting closer (April 2011)
thee wilt teach me patience (April 2011)
7 days until Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) (April 2011)
sooo sleepy (April 2011)
who am i? (photographing your children – even foster children) (April 2011)
birthday girl  (Feb 2011)
back in the land of the living (Feb 2011)
postponed until further notice?!! (Jan 2011)
on the fast track (remembering God’s amazing details) Dec 2010)
santa cwas (Dec 2010)
i wear my sunglasses… (Dec 2010)
she makes us laugh (Dec 2010)
pickles (Nov 2010)
give thanks (Nov 2010)
Jeremiah’s bio mom is back (Nov 2010)
a baby scrapbook brings the unexpected (Nov 2010)
a path chosen or destined? (Nov 2010)
10 minutes of fame (okay 2 minutes) (Nov 2010)
termination date set! (Nov 2010)
feelings on bio parents (Nov 2010)
falling (Nov 2010)
trick-or-treat smell my feet (Nov 2010)
98 and still going strong (Sept 2010)
grandma’s 80th surprise party (Sept 2010)
little Jeremiah turns 1 (Sept 2010)
Breckenridge, CO (Aug 2010)
gymnastics (Aug 2010)
tom boy (Aug 2010)
behind? don’t think so. (Aug 2010)
happy guy (July 2010)
termination proceeding begin (July 2010)
court decisions (July 2010)
birds (June 2010)

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