Helping Special Needs Children During Church, Part 1 of 3 Part Series

My husband and I love to attend church to renew and prepare ourselves for the week.  We believe that a belief in something greater than ourselves has helped us raise the children we have been given. Therefore, it has been important that we attend church to seek guidance and worship as we believe. So each […]

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My PM Routine

Have you ever gone to bed at night and not been able to sleep because you were thinking about what happened that day and/or what was going to happen tomorrow? I know there have been nights in my life where it took a good hour or longer to fall asleep because of replaying the day […]

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I Choose Laughter

Meltdowns used to be a common occurrence at our house. Our special needs children meltdown when they are not being understood, because of a sensory trigger, because they are transitioning, because they don’t understand something, or for a dozen other reasons. These meltdowns can include yelling, hitting, name calling, insults, aggression, and property damage. I […]

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Common Variable Immune Deficiency

Sam is our middle child and fits many of the middle child stereotypes. Family clown Master Negotiator Independent Risk Taker He is our family’s mover and shaker.  If things get boring, count on Sam to stir up some fun, aka trouble and mischief. He also is constantly on the go.  This boy never stops.  He […]

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Little Voice Management

What are “little voices”? So what do I mean when I say Little Voice Management? Well, I’m talking about the thoughts that come into our minds. These thoughts can come from either internal (what I think about myself) or external (what others think about me) sources. These voices can be positive or negative. The trick […]

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Evidence Based Happiness

My daughter and I have a routine.  Everyday on the drive to school we talk through what her day is going to look like.  It goes something like this: Mom-What kind of day are you going to have today, Lia? Lia-An Amazing, Fantastic, Wonderful Day. (This is after months of practice. In the beginning the […]

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Our 911 Group

Thirteen years ago we packed up our little family and moved to the desert.  Levi was barely 3, Ellie had just turned 1 and we had a new baby who was 1 month old.  We moved away from our wonderful support group of friends and family. At this point in time Levi had some behavior […]

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Difficult Discussions

Have you ever felt up a tree when it comes to having a “difficult” discussion (maturation, behavior, grades, social interactions)? I know I have. What are some things that one can do to make the discussion a little more comfortable? I have found the following to be helpful: Context – Context means, how am I going to […]

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It’s That Time of Year Again!

Every year around this time I start receiving phone calls about annual IEP meetings for my three children with special needs. An IEP is an Individualized Educational Plan.  Children who  have a disability (as identified by the law) can have an IEP.  This ensures that each disabled child has special education services and specialized instruction. […]

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Grandma’s Footstool

My Grandma was an amazing woman who taught me many, many things. She came from a rural town in Utah and married a farm boy named Boyd who would one day become a Colonel in the Air Force. Boyd and Janice White, one great looking couple Together they traveled the world and raised 4 wonderful […]

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