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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family at airport gate

This past week, our family traveled from Boston, MA to Atlanta, GA. We made our way south and back by plane, train, bus, and car…and lived to tell the tale! Traveling with a special needs child can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some useful tips to make your travels smooth sailing this summer.

women stressed with chalk drawing

I held his hand as the anesthesiologist put a small mask over his mouth and nose, and I watched him fall asleep. I squeezed his shoulder and kissed his cheek as his eyes lost focus and gently closed. After four days of GI, my oldest son, Jack, was “under” for his colonoscopy and endoscopy.

Doctor consults a young couple

When our son Jack developed a mysterious illness in November of last year, our world turned upside down. Our once funny, vibrant, energetic boy could hardly get out of bed. Within a few short weeks, he was no longer able to attend school or participate in activities he had once loved. Over the course of the past six months,

Child holding road map

In November 2016, our oldest son became very ill. His symptoms were physical at first, starting with his gastrointestinal system. Within a month, he was experiencing neuropsychiatric episodes. Within two months, his condition was so severe he was no longer able to attend school.

Child in hospital bed

As I mentioned in this recent post, giving time to your special needs child’s siblings each day is important. But what happens when emergency strikes? How do you balance time with each of your children when a hospitalization or medical emergency comes into play?

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.