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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
disability emoji

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
genetic testing

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
OT Awareness Month

Outside the Box Parenting for Outside the Box Kids

If having a medically complex child has taught me anything, it's that outside the box parenting makes everyday life better for us all.

Alethea Mshar
special needs parenting

Parenting Children with Special Needs: I’m So Good I Failed My Kids

I was so good at special needs parenting, I failed both my son with cerebral palsy and my typical twins. But I'm learning from all these "Aha" moments.

Jamie Sumner
special needs parenting

Parenting Children with Special Needs: The Ups and Downs of Advocacy

Nobody and nothing prepares you for all the aspects of special needs parenting. Regardless of how well prepared I feel, I get caught with my pants down.

Alethea Mshar
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