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 […]

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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 […]

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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Stress, Depression, and Special Needs Parents

Stress, Depression, and Special Needs Parents often go hand in Hand. Where you find one, chances are you’ll also find the other! Parents of special needs children have a lot to worry about. We face enormous burdens that most people will never understand. Constant concerns about our children’s conditions as well as struggling to obtain […]

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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 […]

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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 […]