Tag: special needs parenting

Such a proud momma...I NEVER imagined we would get here!

To those of you who know me, either personally or through my blog, you will know that my husband, Martin, and I struggled for years with our adopted son, E, who just turned 15. When I say “struggle,” that is one helluva understatement. Our beautiful house that we bought just 5 short years ago looks... Read more »

Could My Son Be Another Adam Lanza?

My heart goes out to all the parents, grandparents, siblings and friends of those 28 people who died last Friday.  It seems like yet another senseless act of loss of life which is becoming common place in this country.   I hope that this time things will be different and that those 20 children who had... Read more »

The World According To E

My adopted 12 year old son, E, has been a champion arguer and negotiator pretty much since he could talk in complete sentences at age 3.  I decided long ago that he would grow up to be 1 of 4 things;  a lawyer, a politician, a pimp or a con-man. In light of the events... Read more »

Just Another Day in the Life of a Special Needs Parent

My 11 year old adopted son, E, has severe sensory integration dysfunction.  It is so bad that it affects his behavior and it makes our lives very difficult. One of his many challenges is his tactile defensiveness;  he is overly sensitive to touch.  As a result, he is absolutely terrified of needles because he expects the pain of... Read more »

Weighing In On The Chicago Teachers Strike

I am very conflicted about the first teachers’ strike in Chicago in 25 years.   My Mother was a teacher, although that was long ago and in a very different time.  She worked very hard, putting in long hours in and out of the classroom.  She was funny;  she looked forward to the school vacations, at... Read more »

I'll Bet Brad Pitt Would Pay For Our Health Insurance...If Only He Knew We Needed Help

My husband, Martin, is an actor, a voiceover performer, a dialect coach and a proud union member.   He is a member of the now merged Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, known as SAG/AFTRA.  All the movie stars are members of the same union.  I was going to ask Tom... Read more »

Strangest. Birthday. Ever.

Yesterday was my 58th birthday.  I don’t know how I got to be this old.  It just sort of happened.  One day you are 24 and then all of a sudden you are 58.  It’s weird to be pushing 60.  I don’t feel 58.  I don’t look 58 and besides, I have an 11 year old son. ... Read more »

ISATs Fallout Continues

Well, it”s been over 2 weeks since the ISATs ended and we are still experiencing the repercussions from the yearly nightmare at our house.   My 5th grader, E, hardly slept at all during the 2weeks of the ISATs because he was so anxious about taking the tests;  he attends a therapeutic school where the testing only lasts 90... Read more »

Raising Awareness About Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID)

I am still amazed at how few people are familiar with sensory integration dysfunction.  When I tell people that SID is my adopted son’s major disability, almost everyone says “what’s that?”  Yet, almost everyone is familiar with autism these days, which is a good thing. Sensory integration is the ability to organize sensory information for use by the brain.... Read more »

Fish Food Contains What?

Those of you who know me personally and those of you who follow this blog will know that I have an 11 year old son, E, who has special needs.   His behavioral challenges are caused, for the most part, by his sensory integration dysfunction;  the brain’s inability to make sense of all the sensory messages he... Read more »