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Sexual Abuse of the Developmentally Disabled

The very disturbing problem of sexual abuse and sexual assault against developmentally disabled individuals was recently brought to my attention by National Public Radio (NPR). NPR did an episode of Morning Edition and All Things Considered on the subject which you can find on their website at For Some With Intellectual Disabilities, Ending Abuse Starts With […]

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Day In the Life of a Special Needs Homeschooling Family!

*This post was originally published on 1/26/15 Ever wonder what a typical day is like for us, a not so typical special needs homeschooling family? If so please read on and watch our video! If the thought has never crossed your mind, well then I invite you to continue reading anyway! Because of Bethany’s unpredictable […]

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Six Tips for Modifying Lessons For Visual Learners

This post was originally published on 12/09/13 at Nathan’s Voice When I decided to homeschool my daughter, Bethany who has autism and other disabilities, I already knew that the majority of children with autism are visual learners. I also knew through personal trial and error that processing language did not come naturally or easily for […]

Medication, Christmas Trees, Marbles, Toilets, and Chocolate

Take a stroll down Memory Lane with us and see what life was like for my special needs family back in December 2012! At the time I originally wrote this post, Bethany had been having 10-50 tonic clonic (grand Mal) seizures every week for 12 years! She had once again been admitted to Albany Medical […]

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NY Parents to Get Paid to Care for Disabled Adult Children?

Apparently, Governor Cuomo just signed into action a new law that will allow parents of disabled adult children to be compensated for providing personal care for their own children!! I’ve often lamented the fact that NY was more than willing to pay strangers and institutions to take care of our disabled children, and not the […]

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Helping Children with Special Needs Express Emotions

A version of this post was first published in 2015 How can we help children with special needs express emotions safely and appropriately? I have a sixteen year old special needs daughter and at this point in time, I don’t believe she understands her own feelings and emotions or how to demonstrate empathy to others who […]

Anatomy of the Brain

A Basic Anatomy of the Brain

Brain tumors can be found in various parts of the brain. Bethany’s was in her cerebellum. After her brain surgery, she experienced drastic behavior changes. In order to better understand the behavior and personality changes I was noticing, I began researching the brain and how it functions. I thought my findings might be beneficial for others also. So, […]

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Am I Accommodating or Indulging My Special Needs Kid?

(A version of this post was originally published in March of 2016.) If I make allowances for certain behaviors or painstakingly engineer my special needs daughter’s environment with the hopes of avoiding a meltdown, am I accommodating her or spoiling her? Schools regularly make accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities. For those of you […]

Let’s Get a New “R” Word Going Around!

I’ve been reading a lot lately about celebrities and politicians using the “R” word. The “R” word being Retard or Retarded. Two simple, yet devastating words that I’m ashamed to admit I’ve actually  been guilty of saying, myself. (This post contains affiliate links)   I’m not proud to admit it, but long ago in another […]

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Tips for Handling Special Needs Meltdowns

Being denied requests, having limits imposed upon them, and being told, “no” are all common triggers to the massive meltdowns that many children with autism and other special needs have. Let’s face it, the truth is that everyone experiences negative, angry emotions when they are denied what they believe they deserve and people with special […]