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honestly

Courage to Have 'The Talk'

When would we tell our son about his autism? How? We decided several years ago to slowly, inch by inch, lay the groundwork. We wanted the kids to have a firm foundation in knowing everyone is different. read more

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Autism and Play

Children with autism often display a wide range of different ability levels and characteristics, and may be challenged with more structured learning processes. Game play can provide a safe environment for children with autism to learn new skills. read more

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Celebrate the Little Things

I practically came out of the womb with a to-do list in my hand. So with Will, my first child, I attacked things such as potty training and teaching him to dress himself with the precision of a special operations team member. In my mind, these were tasks easily conquered. read more

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Happy Holidays with Special Kiddos

Ah, Christmas. A time to visit friends and family, to see Santa, to shop… and if you’re a mom, a time to pull your hair out from stress. Here are some ways I make my season brighter as I’m preparing for the mad race through Christmas parties, Santa visits, parades, and Target trips. read more

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An Open Letter to Myself

So I wrote a little letter to myself—not the me of today, but the me of three years ago, the me who was very suddenly aware of Down syndrome but who hadn’t really figured out what that meant. read more