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I Made Myself an IEP

So when I begin to hug my coffee tighter and fret over the future, this is my own goal, a personal IEP for Mom: I will...

Jamie Sumner

A Parents Cheat Sheet to the August Jitters

Going back to school after a two month break can be overwhelming for any child. Use these strategies to be able to enjoy the end of the summer and the beginning of a new school year.

Dr. Liz Matheis

Why We Plan For Independent Living For Our Disabled Children

The biggest reason of all that we have bigger dreams for our children is simply that they have bigger dreams for themselves.

Alethea Mshar

How to Put ‘Mommy Time’ Back into Your Schedule

If you’re a mom, I’m going to take a leap and say that you’re pretty exhausted. Do you know why you’re exhausted? Because you’re taking care of everyone.

Dr. Liz Matheis

I Was Asked to Leave My Son’s Hospital Room

Sometimes the best thing to do is to get out of your own way. You’re not jumping ship, you are simply making space for the right people at the right time.

Jamie Sumner

The Double-Edged Sword of Independence and Safety

Independence is a double-edged sword. Of course, we want our children to grow into independence, but, with a child who has intellectual disabilities, it can backfire.

Alethea Mshar

Transitioning into Summer Time with Children with Special Needs

For kids with special needs, summer time represents transition, good or bad they are hard to handle. Learn 3 strategies to ease into your new summer routine.

Dr. Liz Matheis

He Raced Without Me and We Both Found Freedom

Events just don’t happen without us. At the same time, we all wish and pray and work towards independence for our children.

Jamie Sumner

How We Solved The Summer Job Puzzle

In Northern Michigan jobs are tough to come by, even for our non-disabled child. When you add in an intellectual disability, the search becomes a puzzle.

Alethea Mshar
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Distributing the Wealth of Household Responsibilities

As parents of a child with special needs, how do you distribute household responsibilities? Here are a few strategies to evenly share tasks so you both feel appreciated.

Dr. Liz Matheis