The Eighth Day

The Eighth Day (French: Le huitième jour) is a 1996 Belgian comedy-drama film that tells the story of the friendship that develops between two men who meet by chance. Harry (Daniel Auteuil), a divorced businessman who feels alienated from his children, meets Georges (Pascal Duquenne), an institutionalised man with Down's…

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“What If?”

Today I’m going to do a mental exercise of sorts. A “what if” scenario, as it were. Specifically, I’m going to examine what I know about my own childhood from the scattered, fuzzy memories I have of the time as well as my own mother’s recounting of what she remembers…

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Growing up Autistic

And the Challenges and Advantages It Afforded Me

Today, I have the rather unenviable task of talking about myself. I’m not very good at it. I tend to think my life is pretty boring, and don’t know why anyone would want to hear about it. But the fact of…

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A Brief Guide to Advocacy for Special Needs Families

If you’re reading this, you very likely have a child, sibling, cousin, nice, nephew, other family member, or friend who would be classified as having special needs. Of course, even if you don’t, this article might still contain useful information for you, as it is my hope it will help…

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How to Approach March/Spring Break

(For the Special Needs Family)

March break, also known as spring break, can be as challenging as it is exciting for families with special needs children. On the one hand, it’s a chance for your child to get away from the stresses that school can bring with it, as…

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Early Learners Series – ezpz Happy Mat

What is it? ez-pz Happy Mat

Why recommend? 

  1. Each product is an all-in-one placemat + plate / bowl made from high quality silicone. 
  2. The mat SUCTIONS directly to the table, making it difficult for tiny hands to tip over. 
  3. It was created by a mom…

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Stimming: What it Is and Why You Should Understand it Better

Image by autistic artist Miss Luna Rose. Check out more of her art at http://misslunarose.deviantart.com/

Stimming, or self-stimulatory-behavior, is a very common trait found in many autistic people of all ages and genders, both verbal and nonverbal (though not every single autistic person necessarily stims, and you don’t…

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Having a Sibling with Special Needs: Good and Bad!

As a sibling of a child with special needs, of course I would have opinions about my sister, who is 7 years old. They may be different from the opinions of children with normal siblings, or they may be similar to the opinions of those with normal siblings.

What…

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Cooking Matters: Whole Grains, Beans, and Lentils

Simple tips that can change the quality of your child’s ability to absorb food

Our mothers often buy the very best organic food, store it carefully, wash it thoroughly, and take great care to cook it for their children, but when they put their child on the scale every…

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5 Simple Nutritional Changes (that can greatly improve your child’s health and well-being)

1. Do not feed your child the same foods every day

From the moment food is introduced a child starts to train mother: Feed me more of this and less of that. Some mothers start with the philosophy that a wide variety of tastes and textures is best. Often…

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