Category Archives: Autism/Down Syndrome

Yes, You Can

To begin this article with a confession: when it comes to your child, I don’t know what I’m talking about. Because I have written a book about my child, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, I am often asked to suggest advice … Continue reading



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Grace, Under Pressure: A Girl with Asperger’s and her Marathon Mom

Those early days of training were excruciating and monotonous and humbling. I often felt overwhelmed as I fought to organize time to do it among work and the children and the daily chores. But it was also the best thing … Continue reading



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Toilet Training Children with Special Needs

Toilet training any child is frustrating. The number of light up musical potties, DVDs devoted to the task, and sticker charts available for purchase indicate parents’ desperation for success. Toilet training a child with a disability can be a whole … Continue reading



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Back to School With Special Needs

For some children, a new school year is an exciting time to make new friends and learn new things. For others, including those with disabilities, a new school year can be a challenge. Some children worry how others will react … Continue reading



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Back-To-School Tips for Dealing with Dysregulated Children

Back to school does not bring out the best in dysregulated children.  If you are seeing an increase in tantrums, meltdowns, clinginess, or regression to younger behaviors, you are not alone.  Children all over America are bouncing off the walls, … Continue reading



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Autism Speaks (In Honor of Autism Awareness Month)

April is Autism Awareness Month.  For years, the Autism Society has been setting aside this month to increase public education and awareness regarding issues surrounding autism, including the importance of early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, in order to better … Continue reading



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A Personal Story Celebrating Autism Awareness Month, April

Denial is a powerful thing.  But denial does not ultimately serve us well. It may keep the pain of truth away for a period of time, but it only serves to make the truth harder to bear once we face … Continue reading



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Balance and Therapeutic Parenting

The word I use to keep myself on the most optimal therapeutic parenting tract is: BALANCE. After reading, listening, talking, listening, attending countless workshops for the last 12+ years, I have to say that at the crux of all therapeutic … Continue reading


Reprinted with permission from www.whirlingmoms.com. Julie Beem is the Executive Director of Attachment Trauma Network, and the midlife mother of an autistic child.

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It’s Down Syndrome Awareness Month – Can We Have Some Dignity to Go With That?

The month of October, Down syndrome month, is a particularly good time to bring awareness to the fact that the “r” word (retard) is exceedingly hurtful. For those who don’t realize how hurtful it is, many of us point it … Continue reading


Laura Sussely-Pope, 50, is a lawyer, administrator for online community groups, and social media consultant. She is the mother of Adam, 25, and Jacob, 9, born with Down syndrome. Laura is one of the featured mothers in the show NURTURE: Stories of New Midlife Mothers.

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Myths and Truths about Down syndrome from the National Down Syndrome Society

Myth: Down syndrome is a rare genetic disorder. Truth: Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring genetic condition. One in every 733 live births is a child with Down syndrome, representing approximately 5,000 births per year in the United States … Continue reading



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