This week, we received a secondary diagnosis for my son. It’s been a very hot week. It’s the end of the school year. He’s going through a growth spurt. Is everyone getting enough sleep? I think there’s too much sugar in our diets. We should probably cut back on screentime. Physical play is always good. […]
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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 […]
I learned early in my career as a child development therapist that the parent is the expert about their child. When a child and parent came into my office for visual spatial/cognitive therapy, or when I went to homes to provide DIR/Floortime, I thought about this parent-as-expert concept. I’ve always been drawn to supporting parents […]
The US Medicaid program requires that all states must screen and treat Medicaid-eligible children for mental health issues. But that wasn’t always the case in Massachusetts.
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.
The House Republicans passed a bill last week to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. While the bill must still obtain Senate approval to move forward, it contains several provisions that are concerning to the disability community.
But, I just poured my coffee. You know that feeling when you pour that first cup of hot coffee in the morning? The mug warming your hands while you breathe in the rich aroma and gently ease into your day. No, you don’t remember that? That’s probably because you’re a parent. You may relate […]
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?
In the proposed Congressional agreement to avert a government shutdown, federal funding for special education next year is held steady and even slightly increased. This is good news for those who feel that “given this political climate…the outcome could have been far worse.” Below is a lead from Disability Scoop regarding the news:
World Autism Awareness Day March 31, 2017 United Nations, New York City “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” – Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights