specialeducation Category

Always an Advocate

(I got your back, baby girl) Not too long ago I was on hold with Delta Airlines, trying to convince them that my daughter and I needed to be seated together on an upcoming flight to visit my family in Ohio. I had purchased the tickets online, after being told that I could select two […]

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“Mommy, do I have AUTISM?”

(My Girl) When Arizona was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder and “autistic-like” behaviors in Spring of 2009, I didn’t quite know how to tell people what was going on with her. Because it wasn’t initially a definitive autism diagnosis (a fact that I felt proud about, to be honest), I had a hard time explaining […]

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Food Allergies : Holiday Baking

(Arizona loves baked goods!) Because Arizona is allergic to wheat, eggs, nuts, soy and dairy and especially since a lot of our kiddos have food sensitivities these days, I thought it would be helpful to share some practical tips in getting through the holidays with fun, baked goods that everyone can enjoy. In the past, […]

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An Alumni Event : Cheerful Helpers

(Interactive reading with the kiddos!) When Arizona graduated from Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center in 2012, I was anxious about stepping back into the scary world without my special needs tribe around me. I was accustomed to weekly parent groups, family therapy sessions and connecting with the teachers and other families multiple times […]

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A Snapshot : Fall 2016

(A sushi date with Arizona) I often get asked, when people haven’t seen Arizona for awhile or they’ve just learned about her special needs journey, “So, how is she doing now?” I always answer that she is amazing and doing well, because that’s mostly how I feel. But what does a typical day look like […]

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A New School Year 2016

(Arizona and her new aide, Ms. Denise) It’s our 3rd year at the public school in our neighborhood and I still pinch myself that my commute is all of 3 minutes (driving) or 10 minutes (walking). It hasn’t been an easy road getting Arizona into a mainstream classroom with all of the support she needs, […]

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Day Camps in Los Angeles : Summer 2016

(Summer is here!) Summer is here and parents can find themselves scrambling to find the perfect placement for their children with needs. Certainly, as my workload has increased over the past year, I also found myself paying extra attention to finding the summer curriculum that best fits Arizona’s needs and mine. Turns out, I am […]

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