Category Archives: Special needs

Side Effects: Three strategies for evaluating whether and when to use medication

Have you considered medication? No matter how gently and kindly put, it’s a question that parents of a special needs child wish they didn’t have to hear. Deciding whether and when to use medication for a child is difficult for … Continue reading

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Stupid head, furball, “iniot” and other favorite phrases

One of the joys of raising a child with a developmental disability is a tendency to latch onto and repeat random words or phrases that they hear from TV shows, movies, older siblings or from your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine. And this isn’t your … Continue reading

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Social Sheepdogs: Nipping and Nudging into the Mainstream

For several years, our son with special needs has participated on recreational sports teams to develop his social skills and to get some exercise. He has played (and I use this term generously) soccer, basketball and baseball. Coordinated and tall, he … Continue reading

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Mom Falls Asleep Monitoring Child’s Texts: 4 Strategies for Navigating the New Media Frontier

Zzzzz… What? Oh sorry. I fell asleep reading my daugther’s texts. A newly minted middle-schooler, she wants a phone of her own, but my husband and I think she’s too young. Our challenge – most of her friends have phones, … Continue reading

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4 Surprising Benefits of Interacting with My Special Needs Kid: Hint, it makes you smarter

As a mom with a PhD, I love it when research supports my mom instincts. Those instincts tell me that typically developing children and their families benefit from spending time with my special needs child, and science thinks so too. … Continue reading

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Seizures and Autism: A Numbers Game

5:30 in the morning. My husband was walking by our son’s bedroom and heard strange noises. He peeked in, and saw our son having a seizure. It lasted for about a minute, and only involved his upper body. After the … Continue reading

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Princess Boy: Two strategies for turning Barbie into C3PO

Sandwiched between two sisters, it’s easy to see where our special needs son gets his love for all things sparkly, pink and royal. At first, we decided not to make an issue of it, and our princess boy happily pranced … Continue reading

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