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Holiday Tips / Stress Relievers

My Favorite Thanksgiving Tips from Special Needs Bloggers

November 11, 2019
Independent Living / Transition

Tips on Applying for Medicaid At Age 18 and Beyond (Transition Resources 5)

Independent Living / Transition

Big Picture Transition Planning Resources

Independent Living / Problem Solving Strategies / Transition

The Practice Apartment (Big Picture Transition Planning Part 3)

Independent Living / Problem Solving Strategies / Transition

The Big Picture of Independent Living

My Favorite Thanksgiving Tips from Special Needs Bloggers

Does your family have a Thanksgiving story that is (a) embarrassing, (b) infuriating, (c) eye-rolling, or (d) sort of funny ...
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Tips on Applying for Medicaid At Age 18 and Beyond (Transition Resources 5)

At or near age 18, young adults with disabilities must cross certain “bridges” between child and adult services within a ...
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Big Picture Transition Planning Resources

Here are some suggested website, blog, and podcast resources that relate to our three-part Big Picture Transition Planning Series, which ...
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The Practice Apartment (Big Picture Transition Planning Part 3)

  The same day our son David exited school on a special education diploma at age 22, he moved into ...
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The Big Picture of Independent Living

My son David, now 28, has lived independently in his own place since he exited school at 22. At age ...
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Transition Planning: Are You Asking the Right Question?

I never met a parent who was calm about transition planning. Trudging along with your teenager into an unknown territory ...
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Pushing the Pause Button

  The first time I really lost it at an IEP meeting, David had just started kindergarten.  At that point, ...
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How to listen to test scores effectively

It can be very difficult to sit there, trying to look calm and collected, while other people give you reports ...
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How to remember names at the IEP table

  The IEP team may often include people you have never met, included school system specialists who evaluate or give ...
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Sorting Problems into Priorities

This morning I did a search on the words “back to school special needs parent advice.” In 0.65 seconds, the ...
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Power Up Your Child’s IEP with “Functional Strengths”

Since he was 3, my son David has been obsessed with dinosaurs (a remarkably common interest of children with autism). ...
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Back to School and what Teachers want you to know

Ten Things Teachers Want You to Know

Several educators from my local school district helped us compile the “Classroom-Treatment Connection” chapter of our step-by-step guide Family Road ...
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Three Pipelines to Power in School Meetings

Three days into the first week of my first job at the bottom rung of a publishing company, the boss ...
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Effective Tips from Disorganized People (like me)

Somewhere on the bumpy road to self-acceptance, I stopped taking advice from super-organized people.  I mean no disrespect to those ...
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Caregiver Burnout: Five Great Resources for Support

In a previous blog ("Imperfectly OK Parenting"), I wrote about my own experience with caregiver burnout.  Question: Do you know ...
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Managing My 3 A.M. Anxiety

Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, once said, “Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I ...
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Opening a Door to Hope

I learned a valuable lesson about hope one afternoon twelve years ago when David, then 16, lapsed into a violent ...
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Imperfectly OK Parenting Part 5: The Three “C’s” of Wholeheartedness

Researcher/writer/storyteller Brene Brown identifies three "C's"--courage, compassion, and connection-- that make it possible to live wholeheartedly despite the broken pieces ...
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Imperfectly OK Parenting Part 4: Trust Me, I’m Nice

After David hit a police officer on the school grounds, my coping skills were at low ebb.  I felt shame ...
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Imperfectly OK Parenting Part 3: My Thelma and Louise Moment

I knew I shouldn't tempt the fates by going out to a nice lunch with friends.  Still, things seemed quiet ...
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Imperfectly OK Parenting Part 2: Inclusive Classroom Drop-Out

At age 11, our David suddenly began to believe he was a T-Rex on a mission to kill all humans ...
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Imperfectly Okay Parenting, Part 1: Wholeheartedness

I just finished reading Brene Brown’s most recent bestseller The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re ...
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