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Special Needs Parents: You Make a Difference for Others!

Many times special needs parents and caregivers plug along, feeling as if they don’t make a difference anywhere. Perhaps they know they make a difference to that one person in their life who needs a bit of extra care, but they often feel swallowed up by the daily grind. Life seems to pass by.

I’ve been there.

Recently God took time to let me know I do make a difference, and I have a message for you. You do, too. How do I know? When you read these three stories, you’ll know. Continue reading

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My Guest Post: Autism is Strong

My life was so crazy after getting back from 2:1 Conference last Sunday that I never got a chance to tell you I wrote a guest post for my friend Jennifer Janes. She is running an interesting series, “Autism is…”. Each guest finishes the sentence. Many of my friends are writing for her. It’s a very insightful series if you do not live around autism, and encouraging if you do.

My way of filling in the blank was …strong.

These kids, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum face more than I will ever realize, and they keep going. For most of them, the world around them is on the highest volume and brightest screen possible in a foreign language. Well, I’m going to stop there.

When I wrote this post, I cried as I thought about their strength.

Follow me to Jennifer’s blog to see why autism is strong.




My Autism Puzzle Piece

This post is a hard one to write. It may not be very popular. But, just like I felt I should write about how weary I was two years ago, I think I should write this because I’m probably not the only one who feels this way. I do not intend to offend anyone, just share a glimpse into my world.

A puzzle piece is the autism symbol. It’s meant to represent the conundrum that is autism.

I have my own autism puzzle piece, and it’s not my son.

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Autism Parents Must Always Think Ahead

Remember this post where I was so excited Dr. J took a shower? The continuation of the story is a word of caution, a reminder to stay on your toes and think ahead.

At the third or fourth shower, Dr. J seemed to have it down. I listened carefully while he showered, and was so glad and thankful he was doing so well and enjoying it so much. Then this happened. Continue reading


World Autism Awareness Day

Last year on Many Hats Mommy I had a whole month of autism awareness. This year, well, I’m too tired. I have been going through a mild fibromyalgia flare, and I’ve also been busy working for Home Educating Family and advocating for special needs over there.

This momma lion is tired!

So, what’s an autism mom to do when she doesn’t have energy to create a new post? Invite her friends to share, of course! If you have written a post for Autism Awareness Month, feel free to leave a comment about it and include the link to your post.


FYI, I Miss You

Dear Readers,

I just felt a need to stop in and say “hi” to the best readers in the world! I don’t want you to think I’m ignoring you. Since I have started as Social Media Coordinator at Home Educating Family, my time for my blog has almost disappeared, along with personal time on Twitter!

I miss my friends.

But, please know that I am still busy advocating for autism and special needs! I have incorporated a special needs post over at Home Educating Family’s blog. You can find a post just for you every Saturday! I’ve lined up Paula Kluth, Amalia Starr, and Lisa Lewis to visit our blog! AND, I introduced the World Famous Bobbi Sheahan to my friends over there, and she recorded an episode of Life Plus Homeschooling for the FREE 24/7 online convention they are debuting in the Spring!

I miss chatting with you on Twitter and Facebook, but I believe God has brought this opportunity my way so I can help a mainstream company address the needs of the special needs community. Home Educating Family is excited about helping your families! Even if you are not a homeschooling family, you can still benefit from their blog, magazine, and soon-coming convention.

I am also working on a book with the aforementioned World Famous Bobbi Sheahan. So, dear readers, please know that as soon as I figure out the best way to schedule everything, I will be back to tweeting with you more!

In the meantime, I thank you for your patience and invite you over to Home Educating Family’s blog where you’ll find a very wide variety of topics being discussed!

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What I Wish I’d Had Two Years Ago

I’m very excited. Today, my review of Bobbi Sheahan’s book What I Wish I’d Known about Raising a Child with Autism is going live on the Home Educating Family review site.  I wish I had this book two years ago! Here’s an excerpt from my review:

Homeschooling mom Bobbi Sheahan is funny. She’s down-to-earth. She has four children, and two of them have special needs. One of her daughters has autism. I’d say these things make her the perfect choice for writing What I Wish I’d Known about Raising a Child with Autism. Frankly, I wish I’d had this book over two years ago!

Bobbi teamed up with her daughter’s psychologist, Dr. Kathy DeOrnellas, to write this book that gives “heartfelt guidance for the first five years.” These ladies wrote What I Wish I’d Known for those who wonder if their child might be on the spectrum and for those who know their child is on the spectrum. If you are an autism parent, you will laugh, cry, nod your head, and learn some things. You will feel as if you have met people who understand. You will feel like you are not alone.

To read the entire review and see if I think her book is really worth $14.95, head on over to Home Educating Family reviews. What are you waiting for? Don’t you want to see what I think of Bobbi’s book? THERE’S A GIVEAWAY! Go!