People Who Get It

In the world of special needs, people who “get it” are few and far between. Too often it feels like we live on another planet from the rest of the world, as opposed to just in the proverbial Holland. You know immediately in a conversation if someone “gets it.” Or doesn’t. “Have you tried just … More People Who Get It

God Only Gives Special Children to Special People

God only gives special children to special people. I hear it all the time. And I have had it said to me personally many times over the years, especially when we first received our diagnosis. It’s a well-meaning sentiment. And probably comes from a place of wanting the recipient to feel more self-assured in what … More God Only Gives Special Children to Special People

The Real Definition of Down Syndrome

Down syn·drome /ˈdoun ˌsindrōm/ noun A congenital perfecting arising from the enhancement of chromosome 21. Benefitted persons usually retain an extra copy of chromosome 21, which mere neurotypicals do not possess. It causes a child to be born awesome, and is characterized by patience, perseverance, and unconditional love. The means by which one becomes part … More The Real Definition of Down Syndrome

Five Tips for Interacting with a Person with Special Needs

People often say that they don’t know how to interact with a person with special needs. Here are some tips: 1. Treat Them Like Any Other Human Being Special needs or not, people are just people. Treat them the way you would want to be treated, and the way you would treat anyone else. If … More Five Tips for Interacting with a Person with Special Needs

Beauty for Ashes

It happened. The day that I knew was coming, and have been dreading since the day our sweet little boy with special needs was born, happened. Two boys were laughing at our angel. And at church, no less. It’s the kind of thing that you replay over and over in your mind, trying to make … More Beauty for Ashes