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20 Things I Know Now, That I Wish I Knew Then (The Special Needs Parent-Ninja Arts)

    From time to time I get asked, “Do you have any advice for a Special Needs Parent?”  It’s usually from someone freshly reeling from their child’s diagnosis, or a friend who wants to be supportive. BLESS THEM. To which I say (or think), Ohboyohboyboy! (and start mentally salivating.) I devoted this blog on Special Needs parenting to…[READ MORE]


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2014 In Review | Why I’ve Been Away

    Gracious Blog Readers, I know. I’ve been away. It’s been over six months since I last wrote a post.  Thank you, though, for sticking around to see this one. It’s been a hard year.  One that whooped me to the likes I haven’t experienced since Autism D-Day ten years ago.  No incidents of death,…[READ MORE]


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How Superheroes Decompress: Respites & Shawarma (A Tribute to Volunteers)

    Confessions of a Respite Groupie Hello.  My name is Diane.  And I am a self-professed Respite Groupie.  If there’s a church respite event within a 45-minute radius of our home:  We.  Are.  There.  “Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night…”  Whatever, man.  We are there.   It’s the only event I’m ever on…[READ MORE]


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Special Teams (The Kicker) | A Post-Game Huddle

Confession: I’m not much of a football person.  I just can’t wrap my brain around all the rules.  I’m not a rules person.  As they say in the Pirates of the Caribbean, “Rules? They’re more like guidelines, anyways…” Most of the time, I’m like this,   But I can get into a Super Bowl party (who…[READ MORE]


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Why This Special Needs Tiger Mama Bear Didn’t Intervene

  There are helicopter parents, then there are Special Needs parent stealth bombers.  How this Asian Special Needs Tiger Mama Bear (I know.  That’s a lot of mixed metaphors) nearly became a weapon of mass destruction and ravaged a playground when her cub got threatened.  Why I didn’t intervene. ******************************************** It was a classic Special Needs…[READ MORE]


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Goldeluxe & The Three “Must Bears” of Special Needs Ministry

  A tribute to special needs ministry champions who honor our families with “Gold-deluxe” service.   I’ve been each of these three “Must Bears” at some point.   Supporting complex families like ours can be a delicate, sensitive and prickly endeavor.  Thank you for your calling, passion and dedication to serve where many others dare not…[READ MORE]


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31 Crazy Things Special Needs Ministry Leaders Never Say

    Inspired by this recent humorous post by Dale Hudson of Relevant Children’s Ministry,  here are:   31 Flavors of Crazy:  Things Said By No Special Needs Ministry Leader, Ever “Special Needs”?  Whatev.  Just throw him in.  It’ll be fine. Please, no more volunteers.  Go serve 1:1 on the parking team or something. I’ve…[READ MORE]


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Screwtape Screws with Autism: How To Ruin a Special Needs Family

        In homage to C.S. Lewis’ “Screwtape Letters,” How to effectively ruin a family affected by autism.   ***************************************     My Dear Wormwood, I understand you’ve been assigned to a special needs family for your next Patient. Autism, to be precise. Regrettably, I am dismayed at the Administration’s dismal appraisal of…[READ MORE]


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Kim Fam Tricked-Out Van – Pt. 3: Mobile, Multi-Purpose Modularity

    In the first post of the series, I introduced a Summer Survival Strategy:  Tricking out the family minivan. In the second post, I detailed a checklist of Must Have items, particularly helpful for ASD families, or anyone weathering (withering?) the summer. In this third and last post, I present a survey of multi-purpose…[READ MORE]


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Kim Fam Tricked-Out Van – Pt. 2: The Checklist

    In my last post (before my July got hijacked by a sudden housing move), I introduced part one of  Summer Survival:  The Kim Fam Tricked-out Van.  Today, I finally get around to Part Two, “The Checklist.”           The Usual Suspects Most moms I know carry the standard minivan supplies:  a…[READ MORE]


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Summer Survival: The Kim Fam Tricked-Out Van

  Hooray for summer vacation!   Or, not so much?   Yeah, I hear you.   Extended breaks can be trying for any parent, especially with kids at home milling about, aimlessly.  This is especially acute for special needs parents. Like many kids with autism, Jeremy does well with structure.  He flourishes at school because of…[READ MORE]


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Gepetto and Me: On Wanting A Real Boy

    Jeremy’s been on a Pinocchio jag for a few years.  After the Nth time played on 1 Infinite Loop on his iPad, you start to pick up on a few things.     Gepetto and Me: We both want a Real Boy.  Because a wooden, scripted and heavily prompted, “iloveyoumommy,” is never as satisfying as an…[READ MORE]


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