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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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Bethany’s Surprise 19th Birthday Party

Bethany’s nineteenth birthday was fast approaching! My husband and I were wondering how in the world we’dd ever be able to top the excitement of last year’s birthday party with Barney. We wanted her nineteenth birthday to be just as fun and exciting as her eithteenth was. After much thought and deliberation, we finally decided […]

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NYS Homeschooling Regs. for Special Needs Students

A version of this post was previously published in 2013. This post contains affiliate links.  Homeschooling Regs for Special Needs: Get Started Homeschooling in NYS Here!   Now that school is out and summer is about half over, some of you may be thinking about homeschooling your special little ones rather than sending them back […]

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Fun Ideas to Teach Sight Words to Students With Autism

This is a very popular post that was first published in March of 2015!  I thought I’d share some fun, creative, and engaging ideas for teaching sight word to students with autism with you! I am a firm believer that all children can learn and want to learn! If our student is having difficulty learning […]

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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 […]