Katie Emanuel

Katie Emanuel

Katie is a writer by trade with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Georgia and is currently working towards a Master of Education with a concentration in special education for grades pre-K to 8. She is passionate about education and fostering positive relationships between the special needs community and the greater community, and specializes in writing about these areas.

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Woman and child painting

Four years ago, my oldest son was diagnosed with autism. Soon after, our family moved from Atlanta to Boston. We did not live near any family or friends when we moved to the South Shore. Fortunately, we found a practice near us that specialized in the services Jack needed in those early days. The practice was open,

Silhouette of child at sunset

Does your child have special needs? Is he or she also exceptionally bright or gifted in certain areas? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, your child may be twice exceptional.

Kid smiling and playing a guitar

When your child is diagnosed with special needs, often our primary focus as parents are the therapies, services, and specialists they need in order to help them develop and grow. While all of these are (very) important, I believe it is equally important to help them identify and uncover their gifts. Each child has gifts, and perhaps especially,…

Books and binders

When my son was diagnosed with autism, our doctor told us he would need an “IEP.” At the time, I had no idea what an IEP was or how to go about getting one. It wasn’t until later that I started to understand what an IEP, or an Individualized Education Plan was.Today, I am passionate about helping families create good IEPs for their children and developing a strong,

mother and son holding hands

As I shared in this post, finding out your child has special needs is an emotional process. The journey often comes with challenges and pressures, including ongoing therapies, services, arrangements for special education, and medical care. I’d like to peel back another layer and address a topic that often isn’t discussed but deserves attention and empathy.

Older boy kneeling next to brother in wheelchair

Siblings of children with special needs are often placed in a difficult position, but as parents, we can turn this around with a few simple acts of love each day.

Two hands reaching for each other

Four years ago, I sat on the floor of a pediatric neurologist’s office holding my son in my lap while he confirmed what I already knew in my heart was true – my son has autism.

Little girl sledding in snow with family

Holiday gatherings can sometimes bring negative opinions, but you can overcome this to make your holidays merry and bright!

Students and teacher working at desk

Entering an inclusion classroom can feel stressful. You may be wondering how to communicate with your child’s peers and their parents about your child’s needs. Here are five (or six) actionable steps you can take to communicate effectively with your child’s class.

Family at dinner table

If your child has food allergies, chances are you’ve been asked, “Can he try just a little bit of it?” or “Are you sure it’s an allergy? I’ve never heard of someone being allergic to carrots before.” and “How severe is the nut allergy? Pecan Pie is nana’s favorite. Can you just watch him so he doesn’t eat it?”

I’ve been asked questions like these by well-meaning friends and family members over the years and here’s what I’ve learned