Out of My Mind – including special needs

Last week I wrote about inclusion. Why do I care about inclusion? Because of how much it’s helped my son, Jeremiah, who has nonverbal Autism. Another thing I love is the school he’s attending (which happens to be the only inclusive elementary school in our district, and is so close, I can SEE it from…

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be positive for the little people – part 2 (Autism)

Yesterday I wrote about being positive for the little people – part 1 (if you haven’t read it, go ahead, we’ll see you back here in a bit). Now for the second installment that I promised. I believe that families are like those bouncy-ball toys that light up. If one family member is lit up,…

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viewing my nonverbal child differently (special needs/Autism)

My son, Jeremiah, has something to say. Problem is, he can’t. He has nonverbal Autism. I’ve known he wants to communicate; what he wants to eat, what he doesn’t want to do, what movie he wants to watch. How do I know? Because he’s learned how to use body language (not sign language) to show…

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hardly typical (reposted from Moved by Mercy)

I found this beautiful post on Moved by Mercy. I have previously written about our daughter, Payton, and how, despite her setbacks, she has always been amazing with her brother. As I read this post I couldn’t stop thinking about her. Dave’s words describe so much of who she is. She has been dealt a blow…

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avoid holiday hassles

We all know the holiday hoopla is fast approaching. Some of us look forward to it, but for many it brings a mixture of depression and anxiety, filling us until it’s all over and we can say it’s two-thousand-fourteen. No matter where we find ourselves, many of us will be visiting family or friends during…

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forgiving the flippant remarks

I was spoiling myself last week, I got a massage. An hour, laying on a warm soft surface (not a hardwood floor while working with my son), hearing nothing but tranquil music (not a screaming child or feet pounding that hardwood floor), smelling fragrant candles (not gold-fish cracker breath), and having someone rub all the stress…

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play = bonding time (adoption/foster)

I came across this great post on the Tapestry website called “What’s Your Play Personality?” Life can be overwhelming when you have children with special needs. I could make a list that runs a mile long, but it comes down to making time to play with our kids. Want to know what you can spend…

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finding joy

Raising children with disabilities and disorders is hard, but what most people don’t consider is everything else that plays into the word “hard.” Regular life: Normal life can be stressful for so many, and us special needs parents have to play roulette with that aspect too. Work: Are you self-employed? Is your spouse self-employed? Are…

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he almost left his disable daughter

This father’s story on CNN wrecked my heart. I would encourage everyone to read it. It tells of a child’s diagnosis of Down Syndrome and how it broke the father, leaving him wondering if life was worth living, if he should put his daughter up for adoption, or if he should leave his child and wife.…

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Adopting a child with HIV/AIDS

A few months ago I was looking at adoption blogs and came across a mother who has adopted children who are HIV positive. I was touched by this woman’s heart, and I admire her and what she has done. Have you ever considered adopting a child with HIV or AIDS? If the answer is yes,…

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