A Place for Everyone

By Melanie Isaacs I was only five when my Uncle Brian passed away. He and my Uncle Billy, who died before I was born, had Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I do not remember the hardships they faced or the struggle my parents and grandparents had keeping them comfortable...

IEP vs. 504

By Nora Heston Tarte If you’re the parent to a child who has ever struggled in school, it’s possible you’ve heard the terms Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan thrown around. The question is, do you know what these two plans are? Sure, both were created...

The Disorganized Child

By Kim Heitzmann We’ve all had moments of frustration with our children. Does it take them too long to get ready for school in the morning? Are they constantly losing their homework or forget to turn in completed work? Do they forget to do a chore immediately after...

Overcoming Anxiety

By Adam Issacs As we finish the year, my wife and I reflect on the progress our son, Charlie, has made since starting kindergarten two years ago. In the beginning, every morning Charlie thought he was saying goodbye to us forever. His eighth day of kindergarten was...

Lessons From My Special Needs Child

Judy M. Miller My daughter does a flip turn at the far end of the pool. Screaming erupts among teammates, competing teams, parents and coaches as she and the swimmer next to her break the water’s surface in unison. My daughter rises higher, her arms out wide before...

Advocating Special Needs

By Judy M. Miller Parents are natural advocates for their children. We love our children and we want the best for them. As a mother of four children, three with special needs, I know how important it is to advocate for my children. There is no one who will be more...

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