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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 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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A Tactical Surrender

A Tactical Surrender

Court was not what I had expected. My sister is a lawyer and she agreed to represent us. Before we got to court she tried to work with the Attorney General (AG) to resolve this case. She emailed, and he didn’t respond. On our end we tried to make the necessary...

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The Battle for Services

The Battle for Services

The process of getting my son approved for services has been an uphill battle and I am sure that most mothers raising differently abled children have their own stories. This is mine and this is Jacksons. When Jackson received his diagnosis I began the process of...

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A New Year- The Launching of D.A.M.E.S.

A New Year- The Launching of D.A.M.E.S.

This past year has been the year of D.A.M.E.S. A year of total dedication to the goal of creating an empowerment society for mothers who care for special needs children. I could not have done this alone and in this post I want to thank a few people who have...

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Birthdays

Birthdays

Both of my children were born in November. On top of that my sisters son was born in December. So between birthdays and holidays those months are crazy busy. In order to make it easier for everyone we have always thrown one big birthday party for the kids. Usually it...

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Finding success with our IEP team.

Finding success with our IEP team. (For those of you who don’t know an IEP is an Individual Education Plan. They are provided to students with special needs and are backed by the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) law. Last November we had our first...

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Matt’s point of view

Matt’s point of view

Michele shared a lot of her experiences with our children and our journey with Autism from a Mother’s experience and she really wanted me to share what it was like from a Father’s experience. For quite some time Michele was under the impression that I was in a great...

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Maria 3 of 3 An atypical child- CRAP

Maria 3 of 3 An atypical child- CRAP

I cried all the way home. The road was blur through my tears. I called husband and told him- he was in shock, my family was in shock and some to this day don’t believe the diagnosis. Girls present the signs of autism differently and many of them go undiagnosed. Though...

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Maria 2 of 3 A typical child or an atypical child?

Maria 2 of 3 A typical child or an atypical child?

In order for Maria to be allowed into the SARRC community school she was screened using The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) exam. We signed up, showed up, and we were ready for the exam. We walked into the observation room and BOOM- Maria had an epic...

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