A Letter to Special Needs Parents (Before the Start of the School Year)

Before Tyson entered Kindergarten I had so many worries. I was afraid that he would be lonely and forgotten, that the other kids in his class would make fun of him or at the very least, ignore him. I was afraid that no one would hear his ‘silent voice’ or that he would be tooContinue reading “A Letter to Special Needs Parents (Before the Start of the School Year)”

A Summer of Good-byes

Last week we said farewell to our beloved speech-language pathologist (S-LP). We have had numerous S-LPs over the years as Tyson has been in speech therapy since he has been 18 months old and they have all provided Tyson and me with a valuable skillset. But there was something unique about Tyson’s connection with Ms.Continue reading “A Summer of Good-byes”

Tyson & the ER

When Tyson was very little, while walking up the stairs, he slipped and split open his chin and required stitches. That event, before Tyson turned two, shaped all future visits to the Janeway Children’s Hospital emergency department. In my mind, I can still picture him wrapped in a white sheet from the neck down asContinue reading “Tyson & the ER”

The Nonverbal Part of Autism

In my opinion, one of the most challenging aspects of autism for both the child and the parent is the deficits in communication. These deficits can take many forms and can range from mild to severe. For some individuals, it may mean little to no verbal communication. For others, communication may mostly be in theContinue reading “The Nonverbal Part of Autism”

Spread A Little Kindness

February is the month of love. Stores are filled with red hearts, chocolates, and oversized teddy bears professing their love. There is Valentine’s Day and Pink Shirt Day. Let’s not forget it’s heart month and congenital heart defect awareness week in early February. February = love = ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ So on that theme, atContinue reading “Spread A Little Kindness”