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Daring to Hope

I’ve always been a seeker of knowledge and information. When I became a mom it definitely kicked this trait into hyper-drive.  Of all the things I’ve learned and experienced, the special needs community was something I knew little to nothing about. By now, I’ve run the gamut on research and I’m still going strong. Some of the first meaningful pieces I found in regards to my personal healing came from other parents.  One of the first is by Kristi Campbell titled,…

Haircuts and the Spectrum

Haircuts are a unique challenge for our loved ones on the spectrum, which often makes it a daunting and dreaded task for the caregiver.   In our house, the haircuts are doled out by our loving and patient, Grammie, who just so happens to be a talented hair-stylist by trade.   The haircuts can take up to three days to complete but we are slowly closing that gap with lots of prep work, encouragement, communication and practice.  As far as haircuts…

Law Enforcement and First Responders

Finding yourself in an unexpected situation or emergency that requires law enforcement or first responders has the potential to be a terrifying experience.  There are so many things in even an ordinary scenario with typical family dynamics that could go wrong or change at any moment. It is important to have a proper plan in place for the situations in our lives that are somewhat predictable or considered likely to happen at some point. For example, if you live in a tornado zone, you…

Equine Assisted Counseling/Horse Therapy

We had more free time last summer than usual when school was out and I decided to take my children for some sibling bonding through horse therapy.  They enjoyed visiting the farm once a week during the summer months and it was a nice break from the normal routine.   I enjoyed the focus on nurturing their relationship and the horses were very peaceful and serene.  Although the therapy was technically for my kids, I found it to be therapeutic for me as well. What…

What It Means to be a Special Needs Mom by Kristi Campbell

I found this video inspiring when I first saw it and it became one of the first sources of strength for me in realizing I am not alone.   Although my work on this site is helping, I’m not someone who easily talks about my feelings or experiences. I Initially sent this video out to friends and family members to give them an idea of what I felt at the time and let it do the talking for me.   I also…