Special Needs

The Earliest Signs

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I recently took the baby to a neurologist after receiving concerns from more than one of his providers that he may have something neurological going on.  Unfortunately, it turned out to be a negative experience.  Instead of focusing on the symptom at hand, he brought up the family history of Autism, assumed that was the…

Special Friends

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In the same week, I came across two helpful articles about the same important topic: maintaining friendships with people with special needs. The first was from TACA (Talking About Curing Autism).  They offered help in educating children about children with special needs, and emphasized the importance of forming friendships.  They had practical advice in what…

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…

Feeding

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We are having a lot of trouble getting our little baby to eat.  He’s never been one to get hungry and complain, and now he’s struggling with the texture of food.  This has resulted in failure to gain weight. The specialists he sees are preparing us for the possibility of a feeding tube.  Meanwhile, we…

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…

First Bite

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I got the call.  The call you are geared up for that first day your child is in school, and then you kinda forget about it.  “Hi, this is the administrator at your son’s school.  He’s OK, but…” I don’t know if I was more worried my son was hurt, or had done something terrible. …

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…