September 6, 2017Feeling the Need to Purge?

I'm no expert in astrology, but it does fascinate me and I like to follow the stages of the moon and track how it affects me.  Some months it can be quite interesting. I worked as a bank teller as part of a bank management training program many moons ago (haha) and the running joke among the tellers was knowing it was a full moon because the customers coming into the bank would inevitably act in kooky and unpredictable ways that was unlike any other time of the month. It's a thing, I'm sure of it. How are YOU feeling in this post-eclipse full moon?...

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April 24, 2017IEP Season and Your Sanity

As we enter the final stretch of the school year, many of you are feeling the strain of the annual IEP review process. This likely also includes the often stressful task of determining what, if any, programming your child will be offered over the summer. This is a difficult process. I know I dreaded it each year. It is an extremely demanding and emotionally draining process --preparing for the meetings, the often contentious meetings themselves, the follow up afterwards and need for copious note taking and tracking of what was said at the meetings. You are deeply INVESTED in the success of these meetings because...

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April 10, 2017Goodness Comes in Many Forms

I loved prom. I loved every single bit of it. I’m sure not everyone loved their prom, but mine was a blast. And I so wanted my daughter with Down syndrome to experience this rite of passage just like her peers. I wasn’t sure how to help make this happen as being her escort would require a special young man. I met with Cara’s teacher and enlisted her help. I asked her to see if she could speak to a few of the juniors and seniors she knew to find someone who would be willing to take Cara to prom. I was so afraid the...

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April 1, 2017The Beginning

My special needs mothering journey began at the Junior Miss pageant circa 1982. I’ll start with a story. At the age of 16, I decided to enter our local “Junior Miss” pageant. Yep , as you would expect, a talent was required (I sang a song from Oliver), formal gown prance, (my prom gown), thankfully no swimsuit competition, and the obligatory interview with a panel of local celebrity judges. During my interview, the question I received went like this: “There is new prenatal testing now being used called amniocentesis that reveals birth defects such as Spina Bifida and Down syndrome in a fetus in utero....

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