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The Lonely World of Special Needs Parenting

Only Human The ad in the paper reads “Girls Night Out”. Special promotions, door prizes, dinner  specials for you and all your gal pals. Sounds like fun!  If I only had some pals. I used to have friends. High school, college, even through my years as a teacher I had numerous comrades. Yet, [..}


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Pets: A Special Needs Mom’s Best Friend

Fur, Fin, or Feathers I listen to the sounds of Roa’s wild giggling coming from the living room as I finish brushing my teeth and getting ready to start the day. Sigh…so nice to not feel quite so rushed with the need to get there for my boys. Gunnar is pretty self-sufficient, gifted with the [..}


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Broken Bone Prevention for Children with Mobility Impairments

Broken Bones Break My Heart I was talking to one of my OT friends about a student we used to share. He is an elementary-age boy who has the most sparkling eyes and brilliant smile, but who has missed weeks of school, weeks of instruction, weeks of fun, weeks of social interactions, and who has [..}


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Snow, Cold, and Cerebral Palsy

Through my eyes, the weather outside is frightful. Through Roa’s eyes, it’s a winter wonderland! I don’t want to be negative about the snow. For goodness sakes, we live in Minnesota!  I love to frolic in the white stuff- sledding, snowmen, and snow angels. Yet frolicking isn’t quite the [..}


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Perfect Bath Chair for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Rub a dub dub, we all need the tub. Yet for some of us bathing is not an easy task.  Children with physical disabilities need to be bathed while still getting a chance to splash and play in the tub just like any other child. [..}


Planning for future accessibility needs

Planning for Future Accessibility Needs

Mirror, Mirror on the wall… can I request a crystal ball? If only it was that easy to see into the future and tell what Roa’s needs will be when he is age 10 or 18 or 25.  Will he be wheelchair-bound the majority of his day?   A power chair or will he manage his manual with independence? [..}


Physical Toll Cerebral Palsy has on Parents

The Physical Toll Cerebral Palsy has on Parents

As Long as I’m Able As parents of a child with cerebral palsy, Bryan and I have frequently used the phrase, “as long as I’m able”. We knew we would continue to climb the ladders and go down slides with Roa, carry him up flights of stairs to change his play environment and keep up with his [..}


Toys for Kids with Special Needs

Toys for Kids with Special Needs

Toy Land Made Easy Finding toys that work for a child with motor delays is a tough task.  Like other parents, you cannot just head to your local superstore and pick up any old toy on the shelf.  Some parents try to do just that, set the toy in front of their child, and hope that they can figure [..}


Challenges of building an accessible home

Challenges of Building an Accessible Home

It’s not about me We walk through the home supply store in awe.  There are so many different light fixtures and sparkling chandeliers.  We brush our hands across bronze, brass, and nickel plumbing fixtures in every shape and size.  The displays are perfectly set with tile floors and bath [..}


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Physical Therapy Must-Have Equipment: EasyStand Bantam

The Bantam as a Bench Necessity is the mother of using equipment for other than its originally intended purpose. When our Early Childhood Education building was being remodeled, things had to be shuffled around and put in storage. We got to play our own little version of the, “If your [..}