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Thank you, Sears, for sponsoring this Back to School post! Emir and Ayelen loved the whole experience of shopping and finding their back to school style for their first day of school. LEE ESTE ARTICULO EN ESPAÑOL, AQUI.  My mom used to tell me that school...

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Living with ADHD. Feeling Proud of Myself For The First Time.

  Concept sign for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with girl Anyone who knows me well (maybe 5 or 6 people, besides my children) would agree that I am a very complicated person. Complicated in the sense that I can easily disconnect from others. It’s hard for me to create a connection with people, and as the connection grows, so grows the pressure and anxiety to be good and to be...

4 Ways of Taking Advantage Of The Child’s Natural Environment When He has Special Needs

Kids with special needs may need additional services, attention and supervision, but their biggest necessity is still the same as everyone else, love, attention and respect based on their unique talents and abilities. Your child’s natural environment opportunities are all the typical and...

8 Things Every Mother Should Know About Mental Health

Being a wife, mother, and professional is not an easy thing to handle, and finding the right balance to not lose our sanity, is harder than it may look. It’s for this reason that I invited Amanda Edwards: registered psychotherapist in the State of Colorado, from...

Helping your Child with Special Needs to Communicate While He Learns To Talk

Communication may be the real challenge when raising children with special needs. It’s definitely the most complicated task to accomplish and it can really affect the child’s behavior and development. As parents, we have a natural understanding of our children’s...

Back to School Style with Sears

Thank you, Sears, for sponsoring this Back to School post! Emir and Ayelen loved the whole experience of shopping and finding their back to school style for their first day of school. LEE ESTE ARTICULO...

by Eliana Tardio

Inclusion Is the Result of Accessibility and Full Acceptance

As a parent and professional, over the years I’ve witnessed the confusion about and misinterpretation of the word inclusion. Inclusion is not a prize for those with special needs who can prove their worth, or are well-behaved enough to be seated in a gen-ed class without significant behavioral or academic concerns. Inclusion is instead the result of accessibility...

Pride Month: The Things That My Gay Friend and I Have in Common

Photo Credit: Bigstock My family is not typical at all. I’m a Latina immigrant with brown skin and a very distinctive Latino accent who happens to be the divorced mother of two biological children with Down syndrome who have a much lighter...

Join Chuck E. Cheese’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

Léelo en Español, ¡con un CLICK aquí!  If you and your family are Chuck E. Cheese’s fans (if not, the only explanation for that would be that you haven’t tried yet!) don’t miss these fun opportunities to join Chuck E. Cheese’s...

From the Mother’s Perspective: Life as a Couple When Raising Children with Special Needs

Every time people learn of my divorced status as the mother of two children with Down syndrome, they immediately assume my marital failure is due to the unexpected arrival of two children who happen to have a much higher level of need...

Living with ADHD. Feeling Proud of Myself For The First Time.

  Concept sign for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with girl Anyone who knows me well (maybe 5 or 6 people, besides my children) would agree that I am a very complicated person. Complicated...

4 Ways of Taking Advantage Of The Child’s Natural Environment When He has Special Needs

Kids with special needs may need additional services, attention and supervision, but their biggest necessity is still the same as everyone else, love, attention and respect based on their unique talents...

8 Things Every Mother Should Know About Mental Health

Being a wife, mother, and professional is not an easy thing to handle, and finding the right balance to not lose our sanity, is harder than it may look. It’s for this reason that I invited Amanda Edwards:...

Helping your Child with Special Needs to Communicate While He Learns To Talk

Communication may be the real challenge when raising children with special needs. It’s definitely the most complicated task to accomplish and it can really affect the child’s behavior and development. As...

Raising a Self-Advocate: Sometimes I Forget To Ask Him First

As the mother of a young man with Down syndrome, each new school year comes along with a torrent of feelings. Emir is already 13 years old. He has a voice, he is doing a great job, and I am looking on...

Back to School with an IEP Individualized Education Plan

Happy back to school! If this is your child’s first year with an Individualized Education Plan, you are probably still recovering from the evaluation process, goal setting, and the writing of the plan....

The Love and Special Education Connection

Léelo en Español con un click, aquí,  Today I will be talking about the connection between love and special education. As I type this, I am flying back home after four days in Texas for a regional...

5 Things Families Should Know About Inclusion For Children with Special Needs

Let’s start by defining the word inclusion. According to the NDSS, inclusion is an educational philosophy based on the belief that everyone has the right to have a full participation in society. But...