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Always Climb Higher

July 5, 2016
When my twin sons, Nick and Jack were born in 2007, I was overwhelmed and thrilled. When Nick started missing his milestones, I was concerned. We took him to pediatricians who sent us to psychologists, occupational therapists and autism specialists who performed evaluations and tests. When Nick was...
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Five Ways to Help Your Children Succeed in School and Life During the Summer Break!

July 6, 2016
*** Para leer este blog en español en MamásConPoder.org , haga clic aquí : http://www. mamasconpoder.org/?blog_post= 45372&lang=es During the summer break many parents and kids find themselves with spare time on their hands, and it’s the perfect opportunity to help your children build social-...
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Sharing stories - building tolerance

July 5, 2016
What is it like to be a parent of a child with disabilities? This has become a very common question as I’ve started to share more publicly about the challenges my child faces and how they impact her and our family. The truth is that there is no exact answer. Each parent has their own unique story...
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Autism's Out for Summer!

July 5, 2016
Kids and young adults are out of school and will be spending more time at parks, pools, malls, and restaurants. Among these young folk there will be a sizable percentage of kiddos who are Autistic or otherwise Developmentally Delayed. Parents and caregivers want nothing more than for their kids to...
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"your daughter ... Autism"

July 5, 2016
"Ms. Cooke, the team has concluded its assessments and observations and we have come to the conclusion that your daughter NaVia fits the criteria for our exception needs program as a child with Autism." At least that's what I think they said. All I remember that late spring day in 2011 was "your...
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Parenting a child with a hidden disability

July 1, 2016
My story begins 17 years ago. I had the most beautiful baby boy. He loved life. He loved people. He had big blue eyes and a big toothless grin and an even bigger heart. He was always the one to make sure you were ok. As he grew, he was excited to go off to school. He loved pre-school and...
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It is not the challenges that define us, but how we respond to those challenges

July 1, 2016
I remember when my husband and I decided to try for a second child. I wanted to have our children close together – have both in diapers – to power through this phase and be able to get back to work as soon as possible. I got pregnant quickly and breezed through doctor appointments, feeling like a...
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A Mom’s Wish

July 6, 2016
Today is Justin’s birthday. So hard to believe that it’s been 36 years since I first held that little miracle in my arms. So many thoughts and feelings overwhelming me at that moment—relief, pride, exhaustion, wonder, love, protectiveness, and yes, fear. And what new mother doesn’t experience fear...
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New Labor Law Has a Hidden Benefit for Working Moms

June 30, 2016
The Department of Labor announced last month that it will extend overtime protections to millions of additional workers, beginning in December. As many are celebrating the impact these new overtime rules will have on their pay, few have recognized that the rules come with a hidden benefit for mothers: a right to break time and a private (non-bathroom) space to pump breast milk for their babies.
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Families First Prevention Services Act Introduced

June 30, 2016
On Tuesday, June 21, the House passed by voice vote the Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456), introduced in the House by Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and others. Many advocacy groups were supportive of this bipartisan bill, which would allow states to use federal child welfare dollars to pay for family services to prevent children from needing to enter foster care. These services could include mental health services, substance abuse services (including opioid and heroin abuse services), or in-home parenting skills programs (including individual and family therapy).
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