Tweet Share10 Pin4 Stumble1Shares 15 Longtime readers of this blog know that I support an inclusive environment in school for kids with disabilities like mine. I’ve worked hard over the years, with up to 3 IEP meetings over the course of a school year to ensure that all is going well, and have worked with a local inclusion expert too. While that’s been helpful, the fact is it
Tweet Share1 Pin StumbleShares 1 As you all know, I advocate for kids with disabilities, constantly doing research and finding ways to improve our lives and teach my children about life the best I can. But something I’ve started to think about now that Amelia is almost 14 and approaching high school is work: Will they be able to find jobs as they grow up?
Tweet Share32 Pin4 StumbleShares 36I’ve received items to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own. If you follow me, you know that my daughter has been through a rough year. She is dealing with a gut issue and this has brought forth all kinds of sensory issues for her. On top of that, she is dealing with a ton of stressful changes in school
Tweet Share Pin StumbleShares 0 I’m going to make a big confession to you. I know on this blog I’ve written several times about “acceptance,” that is, having the power to accept that my kids’ disabilities are just part of life rather than try to change them. And I guess I was going along fine on that route until I discovered this thing called healing.
Tweet Share10 Pin2 Stumble1Shares 13This post sponsored by Desert Farms; all opinions are my own. A few years ago, as you know, we got on this crazy journey of trying to recover my daughter from some of the more painful and detrimental issues that come with autism, like the inability to sleep and abdominal issues. I had a lot of help from a friend of mine,
Tweet Share3 Pin4 StumbleShares 7 My beautiful autistic daughter is strong, empowered and a ray of sunshine to me. So she has meltdown sometimes, so what? We need to do our best to empower our girls. Here are 26 ways to empower your autistic daughter. Tell her she’s loved in any way that she can understand. Kisses and hugs, or giving space and blowing your kisses
Tweet Share5 Pin2 StumbleShares 7 Traveling with your autistic child can be a burden but to us, it’s not. Before her diagnosis, we treated Zoe like she’s just going to have to deal with it. In retrospect, that was probably not the best option. But we managed, and are actually taking two vacations this year! Will it be troublesome? Maybe, but this year I have some sage
Tweet Share135 Pin2 StumbleShares 137 Our kids in America are sick and they’re getting worse. Just check out these statistics: Autism: 1 in 68 (source: CDC). And that’s probably a conservative estimate at based for kids born 8 years ago. Asthma: 8.6% of children (source: CDC) Food allergies: 8% of U.S. children (source: FARE) Type 2 diabetes, once a disease almost strictly for adults, has been
Tweet Share19 Pin2 StumbleShares 21 As the mother of a beautiful child with autism, I’m supposed to “do” all this stuff this month to make you all aware of autism. But I’m pretty sure you’re already aware, aren’t you? We are those parents on the sidelines with kids on a “spectrum” that ranges from “can’t you shut them up” to “shouldn’t she be in a
Tweet Share5 Pin2 Stumble1Shares 8 So last week, I was in a discussion with someone who firmly believed that autism is strictly genetic. I thought that was interesting, because there is so much evidence and research today that makes a compelling case for the environmental causes contributing to the rise in numbers of kids diagnosed with autism.* That, however, gives me a great excuse to