Life + Skills

Are you overwhelmed with life?

I get it. The special needs lifestyle is intense. Not only do you need to learn new skills to care for your child, you have to become a therapist, teacher, nurse and case manager, while still being a mother, wife, homemaker and friend. Not to mention all the other roles like sibling, in-law, advocate, medical researcher and paper pusher. And the list goes on.

Working through the skills list is one thing, but the emotional side is a whole other set of baggage. Where to start? With stress, fear and overwhelm? Or maybe guilty, helpless, lonely? What about isolated, exhausted, confused? I thought about making a checklist but I decided it would be too depressing. The scores can get pretty high. 

Is there no end to all this? Is there no one who understands? Who cares?

I Care…

  • That your child is a teenager and still not potty trained
  • That you just spent another chunk of change on yet another therapy that didn’t pan out
  • That you feel isolated because no one seems to understand what it’s like
  • That this life seems unfair and it hurts and there is no end in sight to the misery you feel today
  • That going out in public is a nightmare and most people stare like it’s your fault
  • That you grieve the losses when your child misses another milestone or doesn’t get an invitation to parties
  • That your child takes one step back for every two steps forward
  • That you desperately need help here and now, and sought out this community

I care…about you.

Hi there! I'm Stephanie

I'm here in the trenches with you. I have a daughter with moderate intellectual disabilities and we've been through all of what I mentioned above and more. She's not my only child so I experienced those things in the midst of raising five children. It's been a roller coaster of a ride and I've rock bottom a few times. I've learned a lot and am here to help you buckle up for your own roller coaster ride. I have knowledge that will speed up your learning curve and give you special insights into this world of special needs parenting. Come along and join the adventure!

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Happy People

I just wanted to say how much I benefit from reading your honest, and very relatable writing. You've got really great insight. 

Jamie R.  Special Needs Parent

As a Speech Pathologist (and a homeschool mum of a girl with ASD)... thank you, for sending out such an important email... amazing! :)

Christie D.  Speech Language Pathologist

I'm so glad to know about your website for special needs children and their parents.

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