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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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Maria 1 of 3 – A typical child

Maria 1 of 3 – A typical child

Four months after our daughter Maria was born, Jackson was diagnosed with Autism. Knowing that our chances of having another autistic kid were high, we watched Maria’s development closer than we had watched Jacksons. Like J, Maria developed very typically and as an...

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Jackson 3 of 3 FOUND

Jackson 3 of 3 FOUND

When I participated in SARRC’s Jumpstart program I had finally found what I had been needing: a community, women in similar situations, and a guide. Through Jumpstart I received an education on topics such as: apply for and getting Division of Developmental...

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Jackson 2 of 3- LOST

Jackson 2 of 3- LOST

The days after the diagnosis were a blur, filled with research, tears and lists. Endless lists. The waitlists for services for children with autism is long and seemingly endless. When my son was diagnosed they suggested that we continue the speech therapy but also...

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A Journey to An Atypical Land

A Journey to An Atypical Land

After the diagnosis my friend told me about an essay that was published in 1987 titled “Welcome to Holland”. This essay gave me a lot of comfort, peace and inspiration. I have always dabbled in poetry and felt that this essay could use a little update. Below is my...

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