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SPECIAL EDUCATION WEBSITES FOR PARENTS

Special Education Websites for Parents

 Special Needs Websites When our baby boy was first diagnosed at only a couple of months old, we were overwhelmed with where to start in every area of our life with the new diagnosis to our son. Looking back, we now have many resources (many free) to help us navigate our child’s diagnosis, medical needs, […]

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Siblings of Child with Special Needs

Siblings of child with special needs The reality of being a sibling of a child who has special needs, unique needs, disabilities…however you prefer to say it. The reality of Siblings of children with special needs is hard for most people to grasp if they have not been in that situation. Last summer, we dropped […]

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It's Not About Winning or Losing

It’s Not About Winning or Losing

It’s Not About Winning or Losing   It’s about having fun Just Having Fun It’s not about winning or losing. It’s about having fun playing the game! We had an amazing opportunity with Miracle Leagues. We are so grateful for Allplay Miracle Baseball League in Omaha. For two innings our son had fun playing baseball, cheering […]

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Perspective Matters

Perspective Matters

Perspective Matters Why is perspective important in life Perspective Matters. It’s a matter of perspective. I’ve been up for several hours researching, and figuring out ways to do what’s best for our child as we navigate our IEP situation. I know it will all work out exactly the way it’s supposed to. I stopped for […]

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What are executive functioning skills for children

What are executive functioning skills?

What are executive functioning skills?  What are executive skills? Executive functioning skills are a set of mental processes that we use to learn, work, and manage our daily lives. They allow us to set goals, and plans, pay attention, regulate our emotions, and generally get things done. More simply said, it’s how we create a […]

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share your story to inspire

 The Power of Sharing Your Story

 The power of your story The power of sharing Everyone has a story. There’s power in sharing your story. Grateful we could work with the Iowa DD Council to share a small part of our education journey for their Public Policy Agenda.   Why sharing our story is important? Why telling your story is powerful? […]

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beat the odds

Beating all Odds

Beating all odds Two hands on the wheel’ ‘Two hands on the wheel’ we hear from the back of the vehicle. Our son is 14. His friends and kids his age are getting their learner permits. For a moment when I saw their pictures on social media, I did get sad. It’s ok to feel […]

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Finding Cooper's Voice

Tears of Gratitude Meaning

Tears of Gratitude Meaning  What is the full meaning of gratitude? What do tears symbolize? Out for a walk at 37 degrees with my favorite songs! There might have been a few grateful tears that were flowing as I sang. I could never in my wildest dreams have said my life would evolve just as […]

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Divide and conquer

 Divide and Conquer

Divide and conquer strategy What does divide and conquer mean? For the longest time, I fought systems, but now we live by systems. Systems create freedom.  It takes a lot of energy mental energy to recreate systems every month on what or how “it” should happen. Whatever that may be. All around us are ways […]

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power of saying yes

The Power of Yes

The Power of Yes I’m practicing saying Yes more! There is power in the word yes. Yes to things that align with who I am. And so excited to share this announcement that’s now official! I said YES to: being a greater advocate, learning and understanding more, to being a voice, to being a resource, […]

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Dyslexia kids

Kids with Dyslexia

Kids with Dyslexia Dyslexic Means Knowledge is power, and so little is known about dyslexia in the educational community. I, myself, am a former teacher and didn’t know much about it until my 7-year-old daughter was diagnosed. Yes, I said 7-year-old, 1st grade daughter. 1 in 5 have dyslexia. There are several types of dyslexia, […]

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 Give Yourself Permission

Give Yourself Permission

Give Yourself Permission   Permission to Feel According to my favorite friend Webster: Permission means to give consent to a person of authority. Consider yourself the authority and what a relief you can start to feel. Permission to feel. Every day is a miracle. When I found this quote the other day I paused. 14 years […]

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diversity vs inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion Examples

 Diversity and Inclusion Examples  Diversity vs Inclusion Diversity Inclusion Topics INCLUSION: The action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.  DIVERSITY: The practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different IQ’s, etc. What does Inclusion Mean to […]

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diversity inclusion topics

Disability Rights and Representation

Disability Rights and Representation My thoughts on the subject  Disability rights and representation are a very important topic in our world. I remember this situation like yesterday…I randomly stumbled upon a Holiday parage in California, while on a friend’s trip. An autistic young man and his mother were struggling waiting for the parade to start. […]

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Things Will Work Out- team work

Things Will Work Out

Things Will Work Out He never ceases to amaze me! Things will work out. MRI day couldn’t have gone any better! At 6 months old our son Dexter was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. He has non-cancerous tubers in his brain and a few years later a SEGA, a fast-growing tumor […]

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