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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…

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…

An Open Letter to an Expectant Special Needs Mom

ENJOY THE RIDE.  I sat next to you again the next day in one of the workshops.  You seemed tired.  Get ready.  It’s just beginning.  Just know that this is the best tired you will ever feel.  You’ll be great. An excerpt from our first published book, “Inclusion Is for the Included: A Collection of Stories…

Chronicles of a Reluctant Mom-Schooler

A few years ago I was talking to a fellow member of our local mom support group about a few upcoming seminars that we could attend. “You homeschool, don’t you?” she said. Before I even thought about it I replied, “No. I just help her with her lessons.” And then I got to thinking.  I…