Autism

Anything related to autism or other special needs, and the corresponding resources, impacts, etc.

Speech No More

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No more speech I’m so proud of my little guy.  When we got his diagnosis and talked to other parents of special needs, I was prepared for him to need therapy, especially speech, throughout his childhood. I thought he’d still be doing speech in high school. Imagine my shock when the speech supervisor said she…

Team Kate

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You’ve probably heard about this heart-warming story already since it has been all over the media recently; unsuspecting businessman sits next to little girl with autism on 3 hour flight and rather than be annoyed or irritated by her behavior, he embraces it, engages her and even helps to calm her when it all becomes…

Baby Grad

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My baby graduated from his Early Intervention Program!  It’s designed for infants up to one year old, so it was time to move on.  But it’s not an easy thing to do. Week after week, we sang to and bonded with incredible babies.  Not only are they adorable and loving, but they work hard to…

Bus

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When I found out my child with special needs would likely receive services from the school district after he turned three, I was also told he could receive transportation to and from school.  I gasped.  My baby?  On a bus?  A common motherly reaction, I was told.  I was assured all parties involved knew what…

Off to School

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We finally had our Individualized Education Plan meeting for my almost three-year-old, and now hopefully, I will sleep at night.  I was very pleased to see the great thought the four specialists put into his goals and plans for services.  They gave me time to identify areas not covered by their goals and they created…

Vendors

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Almost as difficult as figuring out what your child with special needs actually needs, is finding a good vendor.  Few parents have switched vendors, so they can’t really tell you how their vendor compares to others.  We have a vendor for Speech, OT, and PT, a vendor for Infant Stimulation, and we’re on our second…

We Wish You Knew

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I stumbled across a blog post a friend shared, that was very apt and to the point.  A list of the big things parents of special needs wish you knew.  It elaborates, which is good, because understanding is better than just knowing  Basically, we miss you more than you think, it’s harder than you can…

The Lingo

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I imagine it’s awkward being a friend or relative to a family with special needs.  There are so many questions, and the parents may not have all the answers.  You can read articles about the diagnosis, but that won’t describe every child. I’m still new to the special needs community, and have to really pay…