Posts byBrooke

Living the life of a special needs parent.

Guest Blog by Kristy Donaldson PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, CHST Have you ever thought about what it is like for parents of atypically developing children? I was contemplating life today, as I often do, and that very thought popped into my head. It was most likely due to another failed attempt for someone to understand my child and why she was writhing on the floor,

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My Child Was Just Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Now What?

You’ve wondered for a while, you’ve stressed about their behavior, but now you finally have a professional confirming it.  Your child has Autism or ASD. If you are anything like me, you leave feeling partly relieved, because, let’s face it, you have known it, but hoped you were wrong. But part of you is angry and grieving the possibility that those dreams you had for

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Give it up!

I have been struggling a lot lately with the stress of Ellie going to school. My thoughts throughout the day are filled with dread.  I just waiting for a phone call saying she’s having a tough day.  I walk in to get her daily with an anxious “first day of school” stomach.  I worry about her behavior and if she’s hurt one of her

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Quick Guide to Peaceful Traveling with an Autistic Child-A Guest Blog

  My blog today is a guest blog from a woman who I truly look up to. I am so privileged to know Dr. Kristy Donaldson and call her part of my sweet Ellie’s team of professionals. She allows me to get access and an insight into the published world of professionals treating so many disorders plaguing our population.  She is truly amazing, genuine,

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Some events happened this week that really affected me deeply.  Changes are happening that I can’t just sit back and watch. I can’t help voicing how I feel and advocating for kids like my Ellie. There are no private schools or preschools for kids like Ellie. We have such a shortage of places within our community that will welcome them with open arms and

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One step forward, two steps back

Everyday Wins


Mama said there’d be days like this

These last few weeks have just not been great for Ellie.  Her normal teacher, whom she adores and has a deep connection with, was out dealing with things in her family and the behavior specialist at her school moved away and was replaced with someone new.  All these things in conjunction with holidays and a time change do not bode well for an easy

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