How One Doctor Helped Us Beat the Sensory War

In my head, I imagine that it’s like fingernails raked across a 90’s chalkboard, or a metal fork scraped across a plate. Either way, her body language spoke…

I’m Taking My 14-Year-Old’s Advice (And 5 Reasons You Should Too)

Unexpected. Quick. Brief and Succinct. Like wind in mid-summer. My 14-year old daughter said her first sentence. I’ve never heard her say “Mom”, “Dad”, or even her…

“Allie Meets the Nevers: A Book About Self-Esteem”

I’m thrilled to introduce my new mental health and social skills series for children. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, “Allie Meets the Nevers” empowers children to utilize positive…

6 Steps I Took To Reach Peace With My Daughter’s Diagnosis

11 years to be exact. I hope you don’t judge me, but it really did take me awhile. The road to serenity… full of dips, turns, and sometimes…

Buddy Walk 2016

We had SO much fun at the Buddy Walk this year.  Every year during the month of October, our local Down Syndrome Association hosts a Buddy Walk to raise awareness…

The Cause of Childhood Death That Few Talk About

There is an open wound that is bleeding… oozing and somehow, few have noticed. Somewhere in the madness, in the swirl of never-ending information and the inexhaustible melee that…

Open Letter To My Neurotypical Daughter

I breathed a bit easier on the day you were born. From my over-stretched, worn-out belly you emerged, with a mezzo-soprano scream. You were my rainbow baby…

5 Ways To Relieve Your Stress & Anxiety NOW!

The other day, I stopped by a Convenience Clinic to get Tayler’s (my oldest daughter) blood tested.  (She has been diagnosed with hyperinsulinemia, so I try to keep…

7 things I’d Tell Myself on the Day of My Daughter’s Birth

Have you ever been in such a state of shock that you felt as though your heart stopped beating, and you felt like you had stopped breathing? The air in…

6 Anxiety Myths- Debunked

Growing up in the South, I would often hear the phrase, “Ugh, you’re getting on my nerves” or “Oh, my nerves are bad.” I always wondered what “nerves” were…

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