Free Visual Aides for Catholic Children; A Review, by Lydia Cubbedge

As the mom of an autistic little boy I’ve spent hours searching for helpful visual aides for everything you can imagine. Visual schedules and graphics for disabled children tend to be generic at best and downright ugly at worst. When it comes to the delicate business of teaching the faith to our kids there are…

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Practical Tips For Living Out The Season Of Lent With Your Special Needs Child, by Anne Jones

Lent is a season of forty days leading up to Easter during which we try to strip away the distractions in our lives so we can focus on deepening our relationship with God. Catholics often mark this time of year in three ways: fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. I am sharing a few ways our family…

Staying Positive When Cold and Flu Season Keeps You Homebound, by Anne Jones

Winter brings cold weather, hot drinks, and extra blankets. If your family is like mine, winter also means trying to limit our exposure to the plethora of viruses that circulate the population this time of year. Efforts to keep healthy, however, can mean limiting public outings and gatherings. Keeping the “winter blues” away sometimes requires…

How to Manage Life with Epilepsy; A Parent’s Guide, by Heidi Indahl

Our daughter had her first seizure at four years of age.  It was a febrile seizure and we were dismissed from the emergency room with assurances that it was unlikely to happen again. That prediction could not have been more wrong. Within the next year our family life was filled with more twists and turns than I…

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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…