Category Archives: special needs

Witness

Last night was the 8th grade graduation at Riley’s school. Riley is in 7th grade, but she really wanted to go. It was her birthday yesterday…13! And she wanted nothing more than to spend her evening seeing her 8th grade … Continue reading

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Let the Dogs Speak!

I first met Marianne McKiernan when she contacted me to do a story for the news organization she works for in Denver. She is a service dog puppy raiser as well as a reporter and her dog-in-training, Rocket, had a mad … Continue reading

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Wil of God

                          Today is the day! Carrie Wilson Link’s long awaited book, Wil of God, is released. “Wil of God is the story of a tightly wound special needs … Continue reading

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Dentists and Autism

Just before leaving to pick up Seth at school yesterday, I got a reminder in the mail from our most recent dentist. It’s time for cleanings. In the car, I found myself getting more and more agitated. This is the … Continue reading

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Hiding Dietary Supplements for Children in Foods

It wasn’t until last year that Riley could swallow capsules and pills. For many years our mornings and evenings were spent grinding supplements and medications with a mortar and pestle, and mixing them in food and hoping our kids wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Music Therapy

Last night was the music party which completed Riley’s year of music therapy. It was bitter sweet for me, because she will not be continuing with music therapy in the fall. Riley has a wonderful musical ear, which we tried … Continue reading

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The Grump Family

I have been dealing with a very bad cold since Tuesday. The kind that doesn’t allow you to sleep because so much is going in with your throat, ears, nose, sinuses, that kind of thing. Seth had it first, then … Continue reading

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Dolphin Therapy Retreat in Cozumel, Sept. 2012

Today I am re-posting an entry I wrote last year about the wonderful Dolphin therapy experience we had in Cozumel, Mexico. Macy, the director of Living from the Heart is organizing another retreat for this coming September, and I wanted … Continue reading

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Together, 24/7

What is something in your life that you have an attachment to that is somewhat limiting your vitality? This was our question to ponder at last night’s 40 Days weekly meeting. Mine is that I am the only person in … Continue reading

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Using Technology to Communicate with Your Developmentally Disabled Child

On Feb. 14th, Elizabeth Aquino, writer of the beautiful blog a moon worn as if it had been a shell, will be co-hosting a webinar on using technology to communicate with your developmentally disabled child. Details can be found in the link above. … Continue reading

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Lydia and Elsie P.

Our friend Lydia’s beloved cat has died. If you don’t know her, Lydia is a young adult who has autism. She is a fine author and blogger. Although Elsie P. was ill, she stuck around for the longest time, held … Continue reading

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What Special Needs Can Look Like at a Wedding

My friend Kim’s girls were excluded from a family wedding and it’s caused a whole heap of pain for all involved. What were the bride and groom afraid of? Most special needs parents are not going to let their children … Continue reading

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Glee – You’re on Notice

Shuffling out of my bedroom still half asleep, I’m greeted by my bright-eyed tween with her usual morning after questions. “Did you watch Glee?” It’s our Tuesday night assignment. She can’t watch Glee ’til we’ve watched Glee and screened it. … Continue reading

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Tad Shy from the 9th Planet

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Executive Function

I have several phone calls to make. I have laundry to do. I am fixing Riley’s supplements. Where was I? Oh…I was going to call Lidi to see how she’s holding up since her dog died. Watching me spin my … Continue reading

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A Breath of Fresh Air in Wisconsin

The kids and I left HT home and took a road trip to Wisconsin over the last few days. Just got back last night. Vast, open spaces. Ahhhh. I’ve got so much swirling around in my brain to write, I … Continue reading

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Theater Arts Camp – A Success!

Today was the last day of theater arts camp. Riley was the only kid with special needs and she was with an aide she didn’t know previously and kept the fact she had an aide undercover. Her aide was young, … Continue reading

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The Teacher

At the end of four weeks of music camp, staff approached us and asked if we might consider sending the kids to two more weeks of theater arts camp. Music camp is an inclusion camp for typicals, and kids with … Continue reading

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Renaissance: : “a movement or period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity.” -Webster’s

My computer is acting wonky, and I’m not even sure if this will post, so I’m keeping this short and sweet. The last day of camp the kids put on a Renaissance performance. Riley was a lead. Seth had lines … Continue reading

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Music Sharing Day

Saturday was the kids’ music sharing day at The Cleveland Music School Settlement, where those receiving music therapy showcased their talents. It had been a very stressful week and the weekend was jammed full of things we needed to do. Todd … Continue reading

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