Sensory Disorder Leads Autistic Child to Seek Serenity in Snug Places

I called out his name repeatedly… “Jonathan…Jonathan…where are you? …Jonathan!” No response. Standing still, very quietly, I hoped to make out any distant sound that would have pin pointed his location…still, I hear nothing. After quickly looking out the windows and outside doors there was still no sign of Jonathan. ..Continue Reading

How to Avoid the Stare Down when Your Child’s Temper Tantrum Flares Up in Public

Having always been in touch with my emotions I knew I could handle it yet it didn’t quite turn out that way this time around… Tempers, tantrums, meltdowns, whatever you wish to call them, all seem to have a pattern. And this time, Jonathan threw me for a loop. No ..Continue Reading

Stories From the Heart: God Are You There?

God, are you there? Are you listening? Why us? That’s what I wanted to know, almost twenty-three years ago. I didn’t ask these questions twenty-four years ago when my daughter Danielle was born. Why would I? She had ten fingers, ten toes, was beautiful and was perfectly healthy. My son, ..Continue Reading

Revealing the Invisible Disability…Autism

“Don’t you know how to take care of your child ?!?” The hurt was extreme.  I felt it linger deep within me. You know the feeling. Like the pain of a sudden and unexpected stomach or head ache.  It’s as if someone literally punched you…hard. It was difficult not to ..Continue Reading

Stories From the Heart: When Sarah Smiles

In May, 2004, my husband and I were in Pretoria, South Africa, visiting our daughter and son-in-law, their toddler, Grace, and newborn Sarah. We met Sarah in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she lay attached to monitors. Born with three holes in her heart, the defect had been detected ..Continue Reading

Autistic Boy and Bus Driver Make Amends After Bustle with Bully

Part of his apology letter stated: “He throws leftover chocolate Jello pudding (in a container with holes on the lid) at me when he’s getting off, and it gets my clothes dirty (mom doesn’t want me to wear dirty clothing).” For a Mom, it was a tear jerker alright. While ..Continue Reading

Selfless Action Cuts Through the Maze of Many Mutations of Disability

There are many branches or disciplines involving the developmentally disabled that can be challenging to confront. Many times, a “roadmap” is needed to know which way to go and what to do at the crossroads in order to minimize frustration. That is why sharing my journey with you by introducing ..Continue Reading

Strict Supervison of Disabled Child Averts Tragedy

Wham…”ouch!!” How many times have you stubbed your toe attempting to navigate your way to the bathroom at night? “Darn it, where are the keys? Wonderful…now I need a locksmith!” Locked yourself out of the car or house more than once? Have you ever walked into that sliding glass door ..Continue Reading

Stories From the Heart: Cartwheels

Jesus Rios came into our lives when we were in the 7th grade. At the time, my friends and I were eating lunch on our usual table and spot in the lunch area. Jesus came down to eat lunch with us with a huge smile on his face saying, “I’m ..Continue Reading

Family is First on the Scene Covering the Disability Corner

Support is nice to have. Support from family is critical. Life is strange sometimes. You can’t always get what you want. Many times, however, you are blessed with what really matters. During the first presentation that I ever gave, my two oldest kids gave me “good luck gifts.” They made ..Continue Reading