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LifeTown Offers a One-of-Kind Experience for Youth with Special Needs

LifeTown is a place where children can come to play, while learning how to live independently. It offers practice for life in a fun and safe environment.

Jamie Sumner
ABA therapy

To ABA or Not, That is The Question

We want our son to enjoy the world, and for the world to enjoy him, and for now, we see ABA therapy as the most effective way for that to happen.

Alethea Mshar

5 Common Tube Feeding Questions

The idea of getting a feeding tube can be overwhelming and will present new challenges and responsibilities, but it will ultimately give your body the fuel it needs, so you can stay healthy and either maintain or improve your lifestyle.

Cassandra Bursma, RD

To Medicate or Not To Medicate My Child, That is the Question

This is a question many parents struggle with once they receive an ADHD, Autism or Anxiety diagnosis for their child. There are several factors to consider.

Dr. Liz Matheis
Illinois Spina Bifida Association

Connecting Through Spina Bifida: When Wendy Met Zaela

“I knew nobody else like me,” says Wendy, age 48. Then last fall she met Zaela. It was the first time Wendy met someone with the same level spinal lesion...

Brooke Phillips, CWCMS

After Being Diagnosed with Skin Cancer, I’m Doing Everything I Can to Prevent it from Happening Again

Last month, I was sitting in my dermatologist’s office, kicking my heels against the exam chair...

Jamie Sumner
kidney stone prevention

5 Tips for Preventing Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are extremely common, even affecting young children and teens. Kidney stones are small, pebble-like deposits composed of minerals and salts.

Cassandra Bursma, RD
Give and Take

The Give and Take of Helping a Friend

Whether I want to swallow my pride and accept, or even ask for help is a mute point anyway. I have a family to consider...

Alethea Mshar

Coping Strategies for the Parent Struggling with PTSD

You may find your anxiety is being triggered by the day’s events, or what you still need to...

Dr. Liz Matheis

Happy Mother’s Day to the Grandma of My Special Kid

So on this Mother’s Day, I would like to remind you of what I hope you already know: I am so grateful for you. Thank you for raising me to be uniquely suited to take care of my special boy. I mother the way I do because of you.

Jamie Sumner