This is not the cheery self-help post to give you advice on how to do parental self-care. This is just giving you permission to be tired.
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Looking for a great holiday daytrip to take with the kids? You can all get into the Spirit of the Season at ICE! Gaylord Opry Mills in Nashville. Read our review before you gas up the car.
A special needs advocate can help you understand your and your child’s rights as well as what the school system you are in should do in order to meet your child’s needs.
It can be easy to lose sight of the positives that these challenges can bring to the people that they are growing to become. Let’s focus on special needs strengths today.
Alabama restructured their high school diploma tracks in 2013, changing up each student’s path to graduation. Here is what you need to know.
What happens when you watch your child struggle with something that might seem innate to you, but makes your child burst into tears every time? Dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia – the top three D’s of learning challenges and how to recognize them in your child.
The retailers listed here all have toys for children with all types of special needs. I encourage you to look beyond age or gender and consider toys or activities that fit the individual child and his or her needs. These sites should help you with suggestions and ideas for doing just that.
Parenting ADHD can be lonely and confusing, but there are lots of effective options for you to consider. Take it from a parent who has been there – you are not alone!
Sometimes it’s a stranger in Target making a comment about why you don’t discipline your child in a certain way. Perhaps it’s a relative questioning why you don’t do something or why you’re so worried about something that is probably a “just a phase”. This month’s column can help get you thinking about what to do in those moments.
Regardless of your child’s age, regardless of the challenges theymight have, the diagnosis is the first step of many in your journey from now to whatever the future holds. You’re going to worry and celebrate; you’re going to have moments of joy and moments of anxiety. Here’s how to deal.
How to offer help to a parent that has special needs kids, AND receive help if you are one. These tips might just get you through the school year.
For kids with special needs, this time of year can be challenging. Here’s some great tips for getting your kids ready to go back to school – especially if you have children with special needs.
He’s not a set of challenges alone, but a whole person. Standing there on that plastic precipice, he was a whole person who just wanted his mom to watch him do something cool.
Summers are different when you have a special needs child because it can be tough to find activities that your child will enjoy.
My husband and I have been talking for the last couple of months about what we were going to do with our boys during their summer weeks off. No doubt you are also facing the same conundrums, especially if you also have a child with special needs.
So much of parenting a child – with or without special needs – is about more than just the practical, day-to-day things; it’s also about the psychology of both child and parent. Here’s a few Pro-Tips from a local mom in the trenches.
Over the last few years, our experience with our son’s IEPs and the accompanying meetings have been mostly positive, but, over time, I discovered other parents were not having the same luck. This month, because many children with special needs qualify for IEPs, I want to talk about IEPs and offer some tips to help ensure a successful IEP meeting.
I have three goals for this year and they’re ones that I hope all parents, especially those with kids with special needs, will think about adopting too. Special needs parenting in Huntsville doesn’t have to be MORE complicated.
Family gatherings, finances, food, and then the kids are out of school and suddenly everyone is out of their routine. Throw in a special needs child – regardless of the challenges, physical or cognitive – and the holidays suddenly become a gauntlet of stressors for parents.
I knew I needed to find a support system, other parents with children that had similar delays to our own, just so we could ask questions of someone other than our pediatrician or speech therapist or EI coordinator. But how does a parent of a child with special needs seek out support?