Certainly, there are plenty of websites out there that deal with special needs children. The purpose of this site is to have a place where Latter-day Saints can … Read more
At the suggestion of one of our readers, we’ve just added an excellent new addition to the Legal section of our Links Page. Entitled Planning for your Special Needs Child’s Future, its tips are divided up into important milestones in your child’s life for easy reference.
A Showcase for Artists with Autism is being hosted by UVU on the 28th of September. Read about it BELOW.
The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at Utah Valley University has been gathering art for their upcoming first ever, SUPER SPECTRUM SHOWCASE and SOIREE on September 28th. (Deadline for submissions was September 1st.) _____
One of the first LINKS we put on the site 6 years ago was to Morgan’s Wonderland of San Antonio, TX, an amusement park where every guest with special needs enjoys free admission. Over the years, one father’s dream for his … Continued
Many of our readers have a service dog in their life . . . and those relationships are incredibly important. We thought this article would be of value this time of year. As the weather changes, learn how to protect … Continued
A few days ago Elise graduated from Kindergarten. As our family passes through certain milestones with Elise they can be difficult. (What seemed like autism eventually turned into looking like Rett Syndrome.) We certainly have moved passed wishing …
“I’m afraid that most likely your child doesn’t qualify for services anymore.” I heard those dreaded words today. I paused, afraid that if I responded too soon I’d yell or cry. I asked a few clarifying questions, blinking back tears … Continued
Have you come to the Red Sea place
___ in your life
Where in spite of all you can do,
There is no way out.
There is no way back.
There is no other way but through.
I want to kiss it! I want to plant my lips right on that big squished glob on the sole of his shoe. You know why? Because there is a big squished glob on the sole of his shoe. Which … Continued
Currently, most pregnancies where the fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome are terminated through abortion. Today, Down syndrome and several other disabilities can be detected through genetic and other testing “in utero”. When the news is given, often these shocked … Continued
Mid-October 2016 This has been the most amazing of hard weeks in many ways. But this morning, I am only thinking of one of them. Today is the hinge-point of a new adventure. Over 2 years ago, my 21 year … Continued
What do you do for those days when it suddenly hits you that your child may never have the life experiences that you hoped for him? That he might always be on the sidelines, watching others from the fringe? I know … Continued
A high pitched squeal of laughter pierces the otherwise reverent Sacrament Meeting as my son, Cohen, races at full speed towards the stand. My husband’s feet are heavy and loud as he sprints after him. Besides a few suppressed smiles, … Continued
A spontaneous standing ovation erupted from the crowd of thousands as Elijah’s name was called. Elijah couldn’t contain his excitement, so he sprinted up the aisle to the stage. His grin stretched into a huge smile as he was given … Continued
David’s body has grown bigger and stronger, but his mind is still behind, trapped inside the prison of autism. His ability to communicate is severely limited and his functioning is impaired by odd behaviors, emotional outbursts and limited understanding. Even … Continued
Sometimes (often?) we feel like we have to know it all, do it all, be it all. Especially when you parent a medically fragile child, the feeling creeps in. Do I really know enough? Can I do it? I have … Continued
When my daughter Callie was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy a couple of years ago, we received an outpouring of support and love from our friends and family. Everyone was trying to be so kind and considerate of our feelings. However, one sentiment that … Continued