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How Advent Reminds me of my Identity as a Daughter, by Anne Jones

Much of the last fourteen years of my life, the focus has been on motherhood. In a particular way, I think being a special needs parent constantly keeps my attention on being a mother, not only in the day-to-day caring of children, but also in all the doctor and therapist appointments, the seemingly constant filling…

Tips for Managing Overstimulation at the Holidays, by Katy Klimczuk

With the holidays comes a wide array of stimulation – from Christmas music to an abundance of guests to a variety of unfamiliar foods. We are in our ninth year of managing overstimulation in these situations and, like everything else in parenting, it is constantly changing. We have, however, found some routines and boundaries that…

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How To Observe Advent As A Special Needs Parent

Christmas is coming and it’s easy to be overwhelmed, especially as a special needs parent. You’ve already got more on your plate than the typical parent, plus all the additional tasks of preparing for Christmas. But it is possible to slow down, observe Advent, and enjoy a Christmas focused on Christ, without becoming frazzled or…

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The Jesse Tree For Families: A New Easy Advent Tradition

This post contains affiliate links. You don’t need to miss out on observing Advent just because you’re a special needs parent. Preparing for Christmas can seem overwhelming because on top of all the extra work you do as the parent of a child with disabilities you’ve now got to squeeze in all the shopping, decorating,…

Six YouTube Accounts To Follow For Information and Advocacy, by Mary Thissen

While YouTube is a well-established player in social media, it’s not often the first resource that is considered when it comes to online information and research. We shouldn’t discount the amazing knowledge we can find on this platform! While YouTube isn’t made for connections the same way that other social media platforms are, YouTube’s ability…

IEP Basics: What Parents Need To Know, by Anne Jones

An IEP, or an Individualized Education Plan (or Program), is a plan or program that is created for your child to set school-related goals, usually for the next 12 months. The IEP outlines adaptations or modifications that your child needs to learn successfully, and states any therapy or related services that are needed to help…

Preparing for a Natural Disaster As A Special Needs Family, by Anne Jones

Here on the East Coast, hurricane season is in full swing. This season always brings questions from my children about hurricanes and if they will come our way. Here are ten tips and resources that will hopefully be helpful as you assist your own children to prepare for natural disasters! 1. Have your child learn…

Six Instagram Accounts to Follow for Advocacy and Community, by Mary Thissen

Social media can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, what is shown on social media is notoften reflective of real life. On the other hand, if vulnerable enough, great relationships can be formed, and lifelong friends can be made over thousands of miles because of common connection. n Instagram is one of the most…

Caring for a Loved One with Mary- Introducing An Old Devotion To A New Audience of Caregivers
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Caring for a Loved One with Mary- Introducing An Old Devotion To A New Audience of Caregivers

Theresa Kiser is the author of the new book Caring for a Loved One with Mary: A Seven Sorrows Prayer Companion. It was her own experience caring for a medically complex child that led Kiser to this devotion in her greatest hour of need. “It wasn’t until truly the most difficult days of the caregiving…