We all have good days and bad days. Let's face it, as a parent raising a child with special needs, any kind of helpful advice is going to make our lives easier. I recall before the internet with all of its tips, groups, and forums I felt like I was the only one. I believe there are many who still feel this way. Rest assured, you are not alone on your journey.
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Each of us parents of Autistic individuals have our own stories of how bullying has impacted our child’s life, or most of us do. As near 82% of special needs kids are bullied. Each story is unique and each as sad as the next. Whether it be stares, snickers, name calling, or actual physical violence, bullying affects each person in its own way. My son's story with bullying started in Kindergarten- before he was able to even understand what a bully was or even speak a word to us. His journey with bullies started from almost the moment he entered public school.
Special needs parents have diverse perspectives surrounding the Autism "cure debates" and around our beliefs of our children’s level of understanding of the said topic.
Increasingly each day the parents of autistic children are finding out they're also Aunts and Uncles to autistic nieces and nephews. The numbers are staggering. It has happened in my family multiple times. Each diagnosis I am told about is received with the same shock as I felt when I found out my son had been diagnosed. It never gets easier to accept; however, the diagnosis does get easier to explain. It suddenly becomes easier to relate to your relatives. The genetics of Autism, however, is a little bit more complicated than just simply saying it “runs in my family.”
The bullying of disabled children is a genuine crisis. “It wrecks disabled children’s lives and leads to social exclusion in childhood and adulthood.” While students with disabilities have the added protection of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which provides individualized education plans (IEPs.) They are also protected by FAPE (a free and appropriate education) in America. This still does not prevent bullying. It only gives added measures in which a district can go to defend the disabled child in the case of bullying.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment is one of those treatments that is used for more conditions than just Autism. It’s also one of those treatments that any parent would question when they first heard about; likely, leading to a need to research it and the claims. Many parents swear by it, many scientists are for it and many against it. The whole concept is, none-the-less, interesting.
Do you feel exhausted by your daily routine with your Autistic child or teenager? Do you feel overwhelmed, like it is all too much sometimes? You are not alone. We have all been there. We've all had our moments where we want to scream and bury our heads. I, myself, am sleep-deprived, frustrated and running desperately low on hope at times. I can tell you first hand that Autism Fatigue is a real issue to many families. Being a caregiver of any kind is exceptionally hard on a person physically, mentally and emotionally. It can become a monotonous task of routine and scheduling. Being a caregiver can be enough to run anyone down if you don’t take time for yourself as well. Time for yourself! If you are like me, you have no idea what that phrase means… or didn’t used too.
We have all fought the fight to get our children where they are developmentally. Whether that be mildly functioning or severe, we love them just the same. We fight for them just the same. Sometimes that fight isn’t actually a fight to overcome something with your child. It is instead a fight to get the public to understand that our children are each different and worthy of dignity in their differences. Many times over the years I have dealt with pure ignorance from the general public when it came to dealing with my child. I’m sure you have as well.
Many parents send their children to school with the expectation that they are not going to receive a bill from the school for damaged materials. We just sort of figure that the school will cover the costs if something happens on their property; after all, they have insurance-right! Well, depending on where you live and what school your child attends that may essentially not be a reality. You may, in fact, be liable for any damages that your child causes to their school’s property. The thought of not receiving a bill for damages may just be a dream. Let’s say your child breaks a window in the classroom, or a computer. What do you do now?
The risk of dying prematurely is more than doubled for single fathers compared to single mothers or fathers who are in a relationship. This is the result of a study done in Canada and published on February 15 by The Lancet Public Health.
The Russian Orthodox Portal "Pravmir" published a small excerpt from Mansur Shangareyev's book, called "Daddy's Babies: A Book for Moms About Happy Children, Their Upbringing and Fatherly Instinct. Shangarayeve is an Instagram blogger, who has more than half a million followers.
The first love, the first relationship and the first poems written for them - all parents need to discuss these things with their children. Archpriest Vladimir Tukalo, a father of five children, discusses exactly how to speak about these things with your child.
Prominent Psychiatrist, Doctor Daniel Amen offers advice to parents on how to talk to their children in the aftermath of today’s high school shooting in Parkland Florida.
The 13-year-old boy has spent the last 8 months believing he is going to die from brain cancer because his parents allegedly told people that their child has terminal brain cancer in a phony, yet successful attempt to get donations to help with the cost of his medical expenses.
Researchers from the Tufts University in Massachusetts have discovered a link between postpartum depression and the brain’s stress-response system. According to the Center for Disease Control, 11-20% of women experience symptoms of postpartum depression after birth. This would equate to roughly 600,000 women per year at a percentage of 15%.
As parents, many of us simply lie to our children and perpetuate the myth that a god-like being watches them all of the time and rewards them with presents, if they are good, and punishes them with coal in their stockings if they are bad. But is this really healthy for us to cause our children to believe in something that we wholeheartedly know is a myth?
Few days ago after watching the documentary "What The Health" we decided to become Vegan. Our family is used to eating vegan meals for an extended periods as Lent in our tradition basically means eating vegan. We hope this change is permanent, but how do you explain vegan diet and that we don't eat meat to children?
There’s a new baby gadget hitting the market soon. This one claims that it can help colicky, cranky, crying babies fall asleep—and go back to sleep on their own—so that new moms and dads can get more rest. But the reaction from the public is mixed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their guidelines on car seat safety and usage. These new guidelines attempt to provide concise, clear-cut information about the best practices for car seat usage.
It's an unpleasant topic, however, you need to become informed and aware of the various tactics that pedophiles use to sneak their way into the lives of our kids. The pedophile first becomes a 'friend'. The manipulations are varied and well thought out. Learn more now to protect your kids.
The parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard have issued a statement today, saying that they will end all legal proceedings in the battle for their son’s life. “We’re about to do the hardest thing that we’ll ever have to do,” Charlie Gard’s parents said before spending their last moments with their son.
"If you hold that baby all the time, you’re going to spoil her!" New moms and dads have all had that annoying friend, relative, or neighbor who insists that they are holding the baby too much, and issues the dire warning that they are on the fast track to spoiling the baby. These comments are definitely upsetting, especially in the first days and weeks of parenting, when stress, sleep deprivation, and hormones make a new mom second guess everything she is doing.
US Lawmakers Vote to Grant Charlie Gard and Family Permanent Residency “to Fly to America for Treatment”
Charlie Gard has had a busy week. In the latest development in his ongoing legal battle, US lawmakers have voted to grant Lawful Permanent Resident status to Charlie and his family to allow him “to fly to America for treatment”.
Your child denies the truth, denies it again and you realize that his or her lying has becoming compulsive. Time outs, spanking and other punishments don't work as consequences. What can be an appropriate punishment that effectively work for lying kids?
Single moms who are moms-by-choice do a heck of a job raising well adjusted children. Recent research has shown that children raised by single-moms-by-choice do just as well as "together families" with a much wider social network to get the job done.
New developments in the Charlie Gard case. A US doctor has agreed to travel to London to examine the baby, deemed too sick to live by his doctors in the UK.
A six year-old boy in Italy is the latest to die of measles in the European outbreak. His death marks the 35th victim of this highly contagious viral disease on the continent this year. Once nearly eradicated in all developed nations, measles has been making a steady return, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine.
In researching for an article on teen drinking, I came across a study from the UK, wherein parents were surveyed and asked about whether or not they allowed underage drinking in the home. Shockingly, some allowed children as young as five to be consuming alcohol.