Independence Day for the Special Needs Mom

Traffic was heavy on the interstate.  The fact that I had not left before the 5 o’clock rush to nowhere put me at odds with the inevitable.  The hours would be long. The miles would be incessant. The music would be on repeat. Nevertheless, my SUV is loaded with a week’s worth of everything as…

The Wheels on the Bus

“The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round, ‘round and ‘round, ‘round and ‘round. The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round All through the town.”                                                      …

A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE

Being a stylist by profession for a number of years afforded me the opportunity to have a myriad of conversations with some interesting characters.  I’ve listened to shop talk big and small, and engaged in quite a few lively banters myself.  I would stand behind my chair and listen to clients give the 411 on…

A Gift for Christmas

I’ve eaten the turkey.  I’ve made the cakes.  I’ve laughed with family and friends.  My little one sat at the children’s table ALONE this year and things are looking rosy.  Maybe I should say showy. The holiday season is in full swing and schools will soon be out for the year’s end. With only a…

No More Debates

In between piddling and mommying and doing the busy things that mothers do I hear a familiar sound coming from the living room.  My heart skips a beat.  My daughter is crying.  But this is not a wimper type of cry.  This is an all-out “Mom get here NOW” kind of cry. So Mom gets…

Enjoy a sensory friendly KidsTown at OSC

The Love Bridge, a heart-filled rainbow walkway which guides guests from the parking garage into the main building of the Orlando Science Center, is the first stop in welcoming special needs families to the OSC‘s newest endeavor:  KidsTown, an all accessible, all inclusive, interactive play area for children. Families with children who have special needs need…

KidsTown at the Orlando Science Center

There are several women chatting and waiting at the end of The Love Bridge, a heart-filled rainbow walkway which guides guests from the parking garage into the main building of the Orlando Science Center.  There are a few children there as well playing in eager anticipation to find out what is just beyond the black accordion doors…

A Change In Season

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an exceptional memory.  At times photographic and at times triggered by sights or sounds, but nonetheless exceptional.   This would prove to be a gift at times, but other instances would manifest a deleterious rendering – a Trojan horse which invades my conscious under the guise…

Train ‘Em Up

Today I got a reply.  That was Wednesday.  Today is Monday.  And all I want to do is tend my garden and not think about the school because today she is at home with me.  No acting under duress. No pull outs or reprimands.  Today she is with me.  And I just want to tend…

Pink and Yellow and Blue

But this time it’s not about pink. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. It’s October again.  I think I’ll hold on to this new life and live it up. An excerpt from our first published book, “Inclusion Is for the Included: A Collection of Stories from a Special Needs Mom,” available NOW at https://store9809015.ecwid.com/  “Inclusion Is for…