Winter Storm Warning

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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. They seemed so frosty yet light. Better home than the roads as the plows did their work. …

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Chris Sutter Scores in Assisting the NHL

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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. He knows what his goal …

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Going Gluten Free for Children with Down Syndrome

Gluten free Enhanced

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 …

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Finding Speech in the Smallest of Sounds

We Are Here

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. My son grabbed my arm. He held his arms up and yelled, “Make a sound! Make a sound!” …

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Parents of Children with Special Needs: We Understand Each Other

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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. As I watched my son roll around on the basketball floor on the …

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Hands Down

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. “No,” he said. He repeated this exercise until he found the number twelve. When something doesn’t work or is slow to respond, the full force …

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Look In to See Out

Look In to See Out Window

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 …

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Time to Travel

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Snowed in or stuck in, the People offer an escape. The National Geographic opens up the world to places we all wish we could go and helps us learn more about the world. My son created these adventures without ever being told who, what, or why National Geographic exists. He …

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