Change of Plans

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN He let me in his world for an entire 45 minutes. I asked Broden, “Is it time?” He looked at me and said, “Time for school.” School has started so my taxi driving hours have significantly increased this past week. By the middle of last week, my son, Hayden, tried to convince me to paint my car yellow. I’m assuming he thought I might be able to pick up […]


BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D. According to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, during the school year 2012-2013, almost 13 percent of children enrolled in public school received some form of specialized education. These include children who have been identified as having a disability that is interfering with their education; where there are many more students with informal behavior plans or accommodations that have been agreed upon by the teacher and parent. […]

VA Awards $7.8 Million in Adaptive Sport Grants to Aid Disabled Veterans

Grants promote rehabilitation, health and wellness and community reintegration WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the awarding of up to $7.8 million in grants for adaptive sports programs for disabled Veterans and disabled Servicemembers of the Armed Forces. The grant recipients may use these funds for planning, developing, managing and implementing these adaptive sports programs. The Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding the grants to national governing bodies, which prepare […]

Moving Forward

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN We need to focus less on creating barriers and identifying what makes our children with disabilities different and focus our efforts towards tearing down barriers. A few weeks ago, I watched a TED talk about children with disabilities presented by Torrie Dunlap. Torrie has worked with children with disabilities for years and what she discussed was mind blowing. When I say mind blowing, I mean it forced me to […]

VA provides service dog benefits to Veterans with mental health disorders

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it is piloting a protocol to implement veterinary health benefits for mobility service dogs approved for Veterans with a chronic impairment that substantially limits mobility associated with mental health disorders. “We take our responsibility for the care and safety of Veterans very seriously,” said VA Under Secretary for Health, Dr. David J. Shulkin. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to providing appropriate, […]

An Overview Of Special Education

Learning how to navigate the special education system can be difficult for any family, but it can be an even greater challenge for military families whose educational environments are constantly changing. Military OneSource offers tools and resources to help make things easier for you and your family. Start here to learn about the special education process, including: •Eligibility • Relevant regulations • Moving • Moving overseas • Graduating or leaving school Special education is specially […]

Suicide Prevention Among Returning Troops

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D. Suicide is “death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with an intent to die as a result of the behavior” (Center for Disease Control). According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 40,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. On a larger scale, there are 25 suicide attempts for every completed suicide and many others, approximately 9.3 million people in 2014, who have serious suicidal thoughts. […]

A Message Of Gratitude For Our Freedom In The United States

BY MICHELLE BOUDREAU As we find ourselves in the middle of 2016, many of us will be celebrating the Fourth of July, a day that is known in the United States as “Independence Day”. It is typically a day filled with family, friends, barbecues, parades,  fireworks and musical favorites such as “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” to name a few. Here in the U.S., when we think of “independence” we […]


ELEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH YOUR SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT DOLLARS A tight budget doesn’t mean you have to sit home every night staring at the walls. You can have fun without busting your bank account. With just a little effort and investigation, you can find low-cost to no-cost fun for yourself and your family. Check out these ideas for saving money while still having fun: Take advantage of free outings. Local parks, waterfronts, memorials and art galleries […]

My Kid Works Harder than Yours

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN A child with special needs may need to try to do a skill 100 times to get it right as opposed to a typical child that may take three times. It’s official. Summer has arrived. Our pool bag is permanently placed in our kitchen nook for easy access full of sunscreen and swim goggles. Our lawn furniture is placed strategically in the backyard for get-togethers in the evening once […]