Winter Storm Warning

Warm and cozy with nowhere to go. Closed down tighter than a drum, we sat inside waiting to see if IT would come. We peaked out the window and saw the flakes start ....more

Chris Sutter Scores in Assisting the NHL

Watching teenagers and young adults with special needs meet, beat, and defy odds inspires me to keep moving forward with my son. This clip from the NHL All-Star game shows Chris Sutter giving some of straight talk to the team. It’s clear he loves hockey ....more

Going Gluten-Free for Children with Down Syndrome

When my son was born with Down syndrome, I found research that said in general, children with Down syndrome have a tough time digesting gluten. Some reports say children with Down syndrome have a 43% greater chance of celiac disease than children without Down syndrome. It made sense to steer my son clear of gluten. Ten to fifteen years ago, gluten-free alternatives were not easy to find. ...more

Going Gluten Free for Children with Down Syndrome

When my son was born with Down syndrome, I found research that said in general, children with Down syndrome have a tough time digesting gluten. Some reports say children with Down syndrome have a 43% greater chance of celiac disease than children without Down syndrome. It made sense to steer my son clear of gluten ....more

Finding Speech in the Smallest of Sounds

As Horton held the tiny speck with his trunk, Who-ville clanged and honked and beeped, shouted and squeaked. Every sound mattered. The smallest joined in with desperate calls to save their town ....more

Parents of Children with Special Needs: We Understand Each Other

As a mother with a child with special needs, nobody gets me like another parent going through the same thing. Bullsh*t just doesn't exist. We get right to the chase. No subject is taboo. Nothing is shocking. ...more

Parents of Children with Special Needs: We Understand Each Other

As a mother with a child with special needs, nobody gets me like another parent going through the same thing. Bullsh*t just doesn’t exist. We get right to the chase ....more

Hands Down

My son flipped the cards over to find the number twelve. “No,” he said and put it back down. He picked the next card up ....more

Look In to See Out: Getting Out Before Depression Sets In

Cold and gloomy days come, despite the forecast. The rollercoaster ride of emotions opens up the world or closes it. So often people tell me how blessed I am to have a child with special needs. I know I am blessed beyond belief: friends, family, children, and a warm place to go to bed at night. I know from my living abroad, how little or nothing most people in the world have. Why do then I not feel that every single moment? The joy? The bliss? A few days ago, I was down and dragged my dreams right with it. ...more

Look In to See Out

Cold and gloomy days come, despite the forecast. The rollercoaster ride of emotions opens up the world or closes it. So often people tell me how blessed I am to have a child with special needs ....more