A collective letter from Special Needs Mamas

All of our journeys look different, but the heart behind them is the same. We dearly love a child who cannot always communicate their love in return. A child that has to work harder than most other children. A child that flipped our entire world upside down, and changed us for the better.

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Adaptations: Thriving with Special Needs

Being a mom of special needs has taught me to see the world differently. Part of loving my child means celebrating where they are right now, instead of getting lost in other people’s expectations. This means not giving up, and changing the way we approach things. I want to share a bit about what this means for our lives, and I will include an example of how to adapt a common children’s toy.

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Being Their Voice

I walked into a gathering of people last night absolutely exhausted. I had the usual “I am fine” smile on my face, with no intention of unloading the hurt I was carrying. Suddenly I was disarmed. “Sharon, how has your week been…REALLY?” I muttered something less than eloquent, when “My daughter hurts herself a lot, and I don’t know what to do” came out of my mouth. I couldn’t take it back, and I immediately felt the panic that so often happens when we veer from fake surface-level social conversations. Then I heard the words I didn’t expect to hear. “Oh yeah, we’ve been there, and are there, too.” 

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