When You Have Special Needs Kids With A Spouse In The Military

When You Have Special Needs Kids With A Spouse In The Military

Having special needs kids adds an extra level of stress and hardship to a family. It simply isn’t easy when you have kids that require a little bit more help than others. Add military life onto that and sometimes it can feel like too much. We didn’t know we had special needs kids when my husband joined the military in 2005. Our son was 13 months old and it wasn’t until he was about 2.5 year’s old that he was diagnosed as developmentally delayed. We were in Germany at the time and my husband was deployed. Our 2nd little boy …

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What You Need To Know About IEP Meetings

What You Need To Know About IEP Meetings

Thank you so much to Meg from MilKids Education Consulanting for this wondering guest post all about IEPS! As a special needs mom I have been to a lot of these types of meetings and they can feel so scary. There is a lot to know about them and this post gives any special needs parent a good idea about what to expect. The elusive IEP, or individualized education program, is a tough beast to pin down. It comes in so many different forms, with literally infinite varieties. It looks different every single time, understandably it is a challenging thing …

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Back To School With Special Needs

Back To School With Special Needs

Back To School With Special Needs Summer is almost over for us. The boys go back to school next week. My son with Asperger’s is going to start 3rd grade! I find that a little hard to believe. It seems like we were just getting ready for him to start kindergarten. What a nervous mom I was that summer. We were working with our ABA therapists to get him ready for school. He had been in preschool but kindergarten was something else. We were able to get a schedule of what his school day would like ahead of time and went …

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How I Am Helping My Son With Asperger’s Through Summer

Having a child with Asperger’s means summer can be quite a challenge. There will not be school and a regular routine so you have to make one. There are a lot of activities for kids but they might not be right for your child. It can be difficult to decide what to do. I have come up with a few things to help this summer. My son is eight and if I let him he would spend the entire summer playing video games. I have to really try hard to get him interested in other things. 1) Pool time. He …

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When You See A Child Throwing A Fit

  When You See A Child Throwing A Fit The other day there was a video being posted online about a boy throwing a tantrum in the car. Although I thought it was a little odd that they were filming and not pulling the car over, I felt sympathy for the kind of fit the kid was having. It was the kind of fit I am familiar with. It was just like an autistic fit. Maybe it wasn’t. Maybe the kid had no behavioral issues and was just acting like that to get his way. But maybe not. But the …

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back When Raising a Special Needs Child

When my oldest was diagnosed with a developmental delay, I knew that someday he would grow out of it. Then a few years later my 2nd little boy was diagnosed with Asperger’s. This was a whole different ball game. He would always be autistic. That would never ever go away. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t make progress or that he never improves. It means that we will work with him over the years to be able to grow and learn how to live in this world. We started with ABA therapy and now we have a great team who work with him at …

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What You Can Do When You Are Overwhelmed With Your Child’s Special Needs

  As a special needs mom, I get stressed quite a bit. If I am not worrying about my child, I am just tired from the day-to-day of making sure he is getting what he needs and that I am able to do what is best for him. Somedays I just get overwhelmed by it all. Do you ever feel this way? That it is just too much and you are not sure what the next step is? Or that you just don’t think you are capable of helping your child in the way they need it? I think we all …

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Knowing What Your Special Needs Child Can Handle

Before my son was diagnosed with Asperger’s at the age of five, I already knew something was different about him. I would take him to the hourly care on post and I would have to prep him a lot. I would have to go over how he was supposed to act, what to do if he got frustrated and all of that. I would also let him know what his reward would be for having a good day. If I didn’t do this, it really increased his chances of having a bad day. I suppose most parents might do this. …

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Tales of a Picky Eater

Tales of a Picky Eater

  Oh picky eaters! There are a lot of blog posts out there about how to help a picky eater, what you can do to prevent “making” one, how you shouldn’t be a short order cook, how your kids need to clean their plates, etc, etc, etc… There is a lot of advice about what to do when your kid won’t eat everything you give them. I am torn on all of this advice because as a child I was a very picky eater. I hated chicken for the longest time. I remember I would walk into the kitchen and …

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