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Special Needs

Surviving Medical Appointments with Special Needs Kids

Colwyn, his dad and I run to the elevators and race to the second floor to Medical Imaging. Colwyn has an early x-ray booked,...

Shuffling Forward

We do a lot for Angus. More than the average amount that parents do for their eight-year-olds. Angus’s laundry list of diagnoses means that...

The Wide World of Adaptive Sports

Skating Snowshoeing & Skiing Take one small, barely walking, three-year-old son. Do not fret that he has low muscle tone, he is a keener in...

Getting Help for Anxiety

My son Angus was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder last winter during his psychoeducational assessment. It wasn’t a surprise. Angus has always been an...

Party Problems

This morning I had a conversation with a group of moms about birthday parties—namely party invites, handed out in the hallway to a select...

Well-Regulated Revelry

Halloween is an exciting time, but it can also be dysregulating for round-peg children. Holidays in general are a challenge for kids who require...

The Importance of Inclusivity

We are a month back into the school year and perhaps already used to early mornings and packing lunches. New kids and new teachers...

Brush & Floss

A few months back, Angus’s dentist found a cavity in his tooth. Not just a cavity, but a rather significant hole. Where there’s one...

After Maternity & Beyond…Introducing Diversabilities

When I began Maternity and Beyond, I always assumed I would end the column once Angus was able to read it—once he realized I...

10 Tips for Travelling with Special Needs Kids

Colwyn signs “airplane” and says “Mexico.”I say, “Oh nope, we are going on a road trip this summer or camping.” In my head I curse...

Canaries

I don’t remember the last time I was so upset I had no control of my emotions. One of the benefits of being an...

Summer Struggles

Welcome to June, that in-between month. Outside it feels like summer much of the time, which makes the agony of desk-work even worse. The...
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Aug/Sept 2020

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