Tag Archive for special needs

Family Camp

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Last fall, we had the opportunity to go to a wonderful family camp that enriched us more than I expected.   The brochure said the camp was for families with a child with special needs, but nothing more was detailed.  We didn’t know what we’d be doing, but we knew it would be camp, and…

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…

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. …

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…

Scholarships

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Our special needs have required me to stay home, and us to pay for additional expenses.  Not a very economical combination.  I have now entered the world of scholarships. I never really applied for them in high school.  I was ignorant, without good guidance or much experience.  Now, I apply for each one I come…

Brother Therapy

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I primarily attribute my little big guy’s miraculous progress to ABA.  But I’m sure it’s not the only thing that’s helped him.  In fact, I think there’s something else in his life that pushes him toward excellence.  It forces him to work every waking moment.  He has to think about new concepts, play new games,…

Mentor

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Recently, I met a mom of a baby whom she feels shows signs of Autism.  She was looking to me for support and advice, with fear and hope in her eyes. I didn’t expect to ever be in this position.  At least not so soon. When I think of support groups, I always think of…