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For Dads of Children with Special Needs on Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to the father of my child with special needs. When we got married, we made the traditional vows of “sickness and health”. Never once did it cross my mind that the sickness would involve our child.

Alethea Mshar
special needs

The Key to Traveling with a Child with Special Needs

I am on my couch, googling “travel backpack-special needs-forty plus pounds.” We are - deep breath - taking a family vacation to Colorado in July. We will try all the things I was too worried to try last time...I will be braver so he can be braver.

Jamie Sumner
prom

Why Special Needs Students Should Go to Regular Prom

As I watched my son get ready for prom that morning, my feelings were mixed. My son was over the moon about his big day, and I didn’t want to take that from him. Yet, with everything in me, I believe that he shouldn’t have to accept a substitute prom, or anything else for that matter.

Alethea Mshar
cerebral palsy

Renovating Our Home and Our Lives for Cerebral Palsy

Until we began to carve out our home to make it accessible to our son with cerebral palsy, I did not know I could plan his path to freedom or how I would feel once he took it.

Jamie Sumner
disability

How Having a Child with Disability Fosters Empathy

People seem to see my child’s disability first, him as a human being second. The desire to engender understanding on behalf of my child has fostered empathy in me.

Alethea Mshar
g-tube

Taking the Stress Out of Changing Your Child’s G-Tube

Performing any medical procedure on your child can be stressful for all concerned. Swapping out your child's low-profile g-tube for a replacement is no exception. Follow these tips to make it easier on both of you.

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Target

Target Redefines Beauty for Kids with Special Needs

We hadn’t even made it to the Target toy section when he laughed and cupped his hands together to sign “more.” I followed his line of sight up to the advertisement of the boy in the camo pants and the ball cap who also happened to be standing with a walker.

Jamie Sumner
soothing

Caregiver Contest Finalist Gloria: Soothing Medically-Fragile Children

Gloria G. is from California, and was one of forty finalists chosen out of the over 1,000 entries to...

Aimee Sharp
special needs mom

9 Ways To Celebrate The Special Needs Mom in Your Life

A special needs mom can feel invisible and exhausted, making a special day set aside to appreciate her especially meaningful. Here's how to show her some extra love this Mother's Day.

Alethea Mshar
caregiving

Caregiving as a Parent of Special Needs Children

This taps into the fear of many caregiving parents; what if something happens to me without time to prepare? I need to find ways to share the responsibility

Alethea Mshar
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