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

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 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

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 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
special needs parents

Parents of Children with Special Needs: Missing the Milestone Moment

Special needs parents are perhaps the best at feeling guilt when we miss a milestone moment for our child. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Jamie Sumner
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New Disability Emoji: Let This Be Just the Beginning

If the new disability emoji is the modern world’s equivalent to hieroglyphics, then I'm ready to see my son’s life adequately expressed.

Jamie Sumner
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Why I Said “No” to More Genetic Testing for My Child

More genetic testing? No thanks, I said. We did not need new paths to wander down. We needed to help our son navigate the one he was already on.

Jamie Sumner
OT Awareness Month

OT Awareness Month: Occupational Therapy for Children

Recognizing OT Awareness Month, for the OTs that helped us adapt to our son with Down syndrome and most importantly, helped him adapt to the world.

Alethea Mshar
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