5 Compliments to brighten the day of a special needs parent [and 5 to never say!]

“She’s really such a beautiful girl,” the mother of a classmate offered as our children skipped hand-in-hand toward the playground. Smiling, I thanked her and mentioned how much my daughter loves playing with hers.

As the day went on, I thought about how, to a parent of typically developing children, that exchange wouldn’t cause a moment of pause. But to a special needs parent – to be honest – some of the common reassurances and cliches can leave a lasting sting. Continue reading

How to forgive yourself for not preventing your child’s autism | An 8-step guide

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If that works for you, by the end of it, I can almost guarantee you’ll feel less guilty about things you didn’t know prior to your child’s regression and be on your way to the essential step of forgiving yourself.

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