hurting children CAN develop empathy (adoption/foster)

If your child was diagnosed with RAD, attachment disorder, PTSD, oppositional defiance disorder, or if there weren’t any diagnoses, but your child was neglected or abused, you may feel they won’t develop empathy. Heck, you may have even been told that your child will never show empathy. It’s not true. I know I brag about…

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high or low functioning: does it really matter? (Autism)

Is your child high or low functioning? If you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it’s probable you’ve been asked this question. How did you answer? Do you have a planned response if someone asks you this? The Autism Spectrum is large, it encompasses a vast array of abilities, and now that Aspergers is…

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a baby scrapbook brings the unexpected

I was so excited to pick up a scrapbook that Payton’s biological aunt had made for her. At the time of Payton’s adoption I had spoken with the aunt, she shared with me that she had pictures of Payton when she was a baby, and they had some family history they wanted to give us.…

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Grandma’s 80th surprise party!

Surprise Grandma Johnstone for her 80th birthday? How was this going to be accomplished? She lives in a town with a population of about 300. Everyone knows everyone else’s business. In that small town, keeping a secret is impossible but with careful planning, my Grandma’s children were able to pull off a SURPRISE party in…

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