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Welcome

Welcome

Hello and welcome to the D.A.M.E.S. blog. The goal of this blog to chronicle the beginnings of this company, to reveal why D.A.M.E.S. was created and to document my life as a mother of two differently abled children Michele and D.A.M.E.S. The Differently Abled Mothers...

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The change one person can make…

The change one person can make…

Today I had a meeting with Marc Garica, President and CEO of Visit Mesa. Marc has had a long history of working with different cities to increase tourism for their businesses and communities. Now he is at Visit Mesa and is making groundbreaking changes to Mesa’s...

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My Self-Care Wake Up Call

My Self-Care Wake Up Call

I am a huge proponent of self-care. I care about self-care so much that I created D.A.M.E.S. a self-care platform for mothers raising special needs children. However sometimes it’s easier to talk the talk than to walk the walk. About three months ago I got serious...

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The Importance of Communication

The Importance of Communication

Jackson is non-verbal. He has apraxia of speech which is a motor speech disorder. When Jackson was younger he had speech… he could say words at 2 that he still cannot say today at 6. I remember watching this fade… I remember a series of ear infections during which...

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DDD and True North

DDD and True North

*** Disclaimer: The meeting with DDD occurred last month. You might not see the changes described until this plan rolls out State wide. It will probably be two months before your Service Coordinator is informed of these changes. Please don't ask your vendors or...

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Easter is coming…

Easter is coming…

Holidays for families with special needs children can be very difficult- especially for those on the autism spectrum. When holidays come our children have to deal with a many different stressors: their schedule is thrown off, they are usually dress in clothes that are...

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Tennis and the Volleys of Life

Tennis and the Volleys of Life

Sometimes I feel like I’m swallowed up by autism. It is everywhere: the schools my children attend, the mothers who have become my friends, and the outings we participate in are all geared towards autistic families. So much so that I have forgotten what typical looks...

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Little Window In

Little Window In

My son is usually off in a world of his own. Autism keeps him pretty busy. He’s easily distracted, over-whelmed, and processing more sensory information than you and I could ever imagine. Eye contact is difficult and with that I feel like I am missing a sense of...

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Breaking Through to a Picky Eater

Breaking Through to a Picky Eater

Jackson is a picky eater and frankly always has been. When he was little he would only eat certain color baby food and as we moved into eating solids he would only eat fruit: mostly strawberries and watermelon. It was a struggle to ensure that he was obtaining the...

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The Endless Search for Stress Relief

The Endless Search for Stress Relief

As a mother of two differently abled children I live a life full of stress. Studies have shown that Autism moms have stress levels comparable to combat soldiers. Check out the research! For those who have special needs children this needs no explanation. We know. We...

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Potty Party!!!

Potty Party!!!

Let’s be honest… Potty training is the worst. Full Stop. via GIPHY Not just for parents raising atypical children, but even for parents raising typical children. For those who don’t know, potty training an atypical kid is a nightmare. Imagine that you have a child who...

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