Christmas 2012

*A version of this post was first published on 12/28/12. Please join us for Christmas 2012!! We all had such a great time visiting, feasting, munching on snacks, exchanging gifts and having fun together! One of the gifts I made for my adult sons this year was alcohol infused gummy bears and I must say, they […]

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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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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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 […]

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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Conversations with an Autistic Brain Tumor Survivor

Dad came home from work one night and asked Bethany what she had done that day. Her answer?  “A really big poop.  Big like my big Jesus”! I added to the conversation by informing Dad that she had also worked on math. Dad asked Bethany who her teacher was and she pointed to me and […]

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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 […]

Finding Hope in all this Hopelessness

*A version of this post was originally published on 9/28/12. Our battle with Bethany’s seizure disorder often seems hopeless. My husband and I are literally helpless bystanders in her battle. Somehow we’ve managed to hang onto a little hope throughout our ordeal. I’d like to tell you how. When Bethany has a seizure, other than administering rescue […]