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By Mary Ellen Bogucki

As I see all the “Teacher Appreciation” posts on social media, I too share my gratitude. I think back to the beginning of our journey, a journey that began even before my daughter’s Autism diagnosis.  I had planned to write this blog about finding educational success before I even realized it was “Teacher Appreciation Day/Month!”  I wanted to share this topic, because presently,

by Ryan Hinds (someone who did)

My mom wrote a book about my recovery from autism. How many kids have a mother who writes a book about every detail in their childhood? This is when I stand up raise my hand and uncomfortably whisper “I do.” Her book is called I Know You’re In ThereWinning our War Against Autism. My mom asked me to read the book before it

by Leslie Rotsky

Once upon a time my husband and I were afraid to utter the word ‘autism.’ We thought that merely saying the word aloud would make autism a reality for our son, Jacob. Like many parents who suspect or learn their child has autism, we were in denial big time. After denial, we experienced a period of grief. But in time we realized that whether Jacob had autism or not,

 

By Hogan Hilling

When people discover one of my three boys, Wesley, is a child with a disability, the usual reply I receive is “I’m sorry.” “Please don’t be sorry, I reply. He is my son and a blessing just like his two brothers.” For many parents of children with disabilities it isn’t easy to accept and embrace their child for various reasons, which are too complicated to explain. However, I feel

The Road to Recovery Takes Time… Don’t Give Up Too Soon

by Marcia Hinds – Ryan’s Mom www.autism-and-treatment.com

eParent  has the obligation to be a forum for opinions, experiences and insights by our parent readers. eParent provides this article in the interest of respecting all points of view regarding autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Our presenting this article is not an endorsement of any of the

By: Tammy Cyra, M.Ed

As a parent, it sure can be intimidating to hear all of the different unknown acronyms during an ARD meeting. Having an advocate to assist in troubleshooting and bridging the line of communication is often key. It also helps to empower the parent and provide them with a sense of validation. Often times, you see a shortage of staff throughout a variety of school districts when it

by Karen Warfle

No, I didn’t have a cold or laryngitis. I didn’t suffer a traumatic accident. I lost my ability to speak up for myself. After 20 years of advocating for my son, I found I didn’t know how to advocate for me. When my son graduated from homeschool and my daughter graduated from college – in the same weekend – I was ready to be a “retired” homeschool mom. I

by LisaMarie Bernardo

We all know that siblings can fight, argue and irritate each other. It can make for a very chaotic household environment. I find this even more challenging especially because my son struggles with a disability. I have tried for years to get my kids to get along but have yet to succeed. However, I have now realized that I can do something within myself to change my reaction to

by Amanda Buck

Motherhood is filled with cliché sayings. From the moment we reach a certain age and find ourselves in a steady long-term relationship, society suddenly decides that we have reached the mystical baby-making stage and immediately unhelpful hints, tips and “advice” come pouring in. All at once anyone and everyone, from our closest friends and family to the creepy neighbor down the street, have something to say. In the beginning

by Brandy Pavia

Imagine having a child, a beautiful, perfect-in-your-eyes, child. A child that may not hit all of their developmental milestones at the suggested, “age-appropriate” time, but still, your perfect child, nonetheless. You start to notice as time goes by that your perfect child has a different way of viewing and navigating the world than other kids their age, and you make it your mission to provide the