I seem to see life themes in everything my kids do these days. Taking them kayaking was an interesting peek into their different approaches to life.
A mother wants to explain Asperger’s in positive way to her children now that they have a new friend who is on the spectrum.
I’m learning that it was never my son’s special needs that made his life more challenging, but his lack of self-esteem. What a difference some self-love makes!
Schools are closed today due to “excessive cold,” and it’s all my fault. Sorry, I’m not sorry—because it hasn’t slowed down my autistic son one bit.
After two and a half years of homeschooling, my autistic teen is embarking on a new adventure. Here’s why, and how we’re hoping to make it work.
In the excitement of adding a second dog to our household, I may have forgotten how hard it can be for everyone involved, even when it’s a good thing.
My son has just been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I haven’t the faintest idea what I’m supposed to do next.
One of the hardest lessons for my teens is that, sometimes, there are some things more important than being right.
The dance of special education gets a lot more complicated as kids hit the teen years; the challenge is to balance support with increased responsibility.
When you’re parenting kids with special needs, finding another family who gets it is invaluable, for both kids and parents.
When back-to-school means different things for different teens in the same family, the name of the game is making sure that everyone gets what they need.
A disorganized teen can make for an unhappy family, but with a few good coping strategies, everyone ends up happier and more productive.
Team youth sports are a fantastic way to nurture multiple avenues of personal growth in your kids, but what about when your teen isn’t into them? Relax, it’s okay.
When your teen (who is on the autism spectrum) is still a poor sport, game time can be tricky. Sometimes there’s a pleasant surprise in store, though.
I have a special-needs child and a typically-developing toddler. Do I dare risk playing the genetic lottery again?
My neurotypical teenager has had a cellphone for years; deciding to get a cellphone for my autistic teenager was a very different proposition.
I never thought I’d homeschool my kid, but somehow this is where we ended up. Spoiler: We both kind of love it.
At what point — when special education and speech therapy and other services are the norm in your child’s life — do you explain to them that they’re different? And how?