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what are birth defects

What are Birth Defects?

The word “defect” is a difficult word, especially when you are a parent. Medically...

Brooke Phillips, CWCMS
Vital Importance of Getting Messy

The Vital Importance of Getting Messy

Last Spring while on a walk at a local farm to see the horses and climb through the haylofts and...

Jamie Sumner
adolescent with special needs

How do I Parent My Adolescent with Special Needs?

Raising an adolescent is hard. Really hard. Their moods change quickly – one minute they’re...

Dr. Liz Matheis

Here’s How We Turned our Family into a Ted-Lasso Worthy Team

Our family has a saying whenever one of us is complaining about being slightly inconvenienced: we...

Jamie Sumner

Colorado Brings Adventure for Boy with Cerebral Palsy

The Jeep had no windows. And no roof – well, a tarp, but that hardly counts. It stood so high off...

Jamie Sumner

Am I Too In Tune With My Child’s Emotions?

The room was loud, concert-level loud, which is what happens when you fill any space with ...

Jamie Sumner
grieving the loss of what you thought would be

Grieving the Loss of What You Thought Would Be

When we are faced with news or experience of loss, whether physical or perceived, we respond with...

Dr. Liz Matheis
special needs vs disabilities

Which Terminology Should I Use – Special Needs or Disabilities?

When I was a student in school, students with disabilities were placed in a separate class, they...

Dr. Liz Matheis
your trash tells a story

Your Trash Tells a Story. Here’s Mine.

When my son Charlie was born with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that resulted...

Jamie Sumner
disabled rights

Disabled Rights Shouldn’t Have to be a Fight

Occasionally and erroneously, I forget how much harder my son Charlie’s life is than his peers....

Jamie Sumner