Don’t get my wrong, I love my parents. I just don’t always love having them around, especially post-disability. Read more
Sometimes I dream of the perfect blog post. And then I wake up. Read more
Lyds, I will never lie to you.
Never. Read more
Holiday shopping means holiday crowds full of insanely bitter people who are willing to fight to the death over that last Barbie or Batman Lego set. What should be a fun time has turned into a battle of the strongest. The stores become so crowded that if you’re living with a wheelchair it can be nearly impossible to get through the masses of people to reach what you want or need. Of course we all want the lowest prices possible, but oh my it went from Good Friday to Black Friday for a reason, and that reason is crazy people. We do not do stores that day if we are able to avoid them in any way possible. The traffic is terrible and the lines in the stores are even worse. Read more
My name is Lisa Zietlow. I just turned 34 years old. I have a “typical” 6-year-old son named Kaiden and a “non-typical” 18-month-old son named Easton. Read more
Several months ago, a rather popular blog was posted about what defines a special needs family. While I respect the author’s opinion that special needs should be defined by something in the family requiring additional attention, I was left in complete shock at the acceptance and encouragement that this blog received. How could anyone judge what they do not see at home? How could anyone assume that a child who has lost a parent does not qualify as special needs? Special needs are not only physical but also psychological, and intellectual. Autism is not a physical disability, but would anyone question that autism is not a special need? Autistic children suffer from a form of retardation. That itself is an intellectual disability even when taking away the social aspects. As a psychiatrist who works as a therapist with abused children, a parent who has special needs children, and as a parent that has that child that lost a parent, I found this blog extremely upsetting. I respect the opinion to say there should be a need. However, it should not be assumed that those children do not suffer any number of emotionally driven mental conditions that the mother did not disclose to you upon saying there wasn’t a household disability before her husband’s passing. Read more
Routines based intervention (RBI); has become the new way to support families and children with developmental delays or disabilities for early intervention. But what does this really mean? I think physical and occupational therapists have evolved over the past few years in really getting into what this looks like. Read more
This week, Jennifer’s husband Bryan shares his thoughts about the unique experiences he has as a father to a child with cerebral palsy.
As we pulled up to the birthday party, my head churned with anxiety and despair about how the next couple of hours were going to roll out. The birthday party was held at a park complete with the climbing towers, walkways, tunnels, and slides. Something that every kid loves to do, including Roa. Over 8 years, I have spent many hours climbing around these multicolored fun factories; helping him climb steps and ladders, pushing and pulling him through tunnels, sliding with him down the slides, and doing my best to get him participating with the other kids. But not this day; I couldn’t do it. I had to admit it to myself and, worse, to him. Roa is now 8 years old and 75 lbs. He is a big, strong boy. I am 43 years old with all of the aches and pains that go with it. Most days, I can help him keep up with the other kids for a while. But this day, I couldn’t do it. Lack of sleep, too many aches and pains, unwillingness to experience the next couple of days living in pain…all reasons that entered into the decision. Also, kids are a little weirded out by a grown man crawling around a play set with them. Totally understandable. Read more
Bullying is a serious topic that has gotten a lot of attention in the media recently. From adults at work who are too afraid to tell their boss, to the young teens in school committing suicide because they can’t take it anymore. This is a HUGE problem in our society. In the great age of social media bullying doesn’t require someone to grow a set of cojones to say it to your face. Type, post, and hurt an innocent person who has never even looked at you. It’s bullcrap people, and unfortunately those with disabilities are often on the receiving end of it. Let’s discuss ways to handle it. Read more