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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...
Sheila Arias's picture

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...
Denise Zavaleta's picture

Meeting My Hero

July 1, 2016
I will never forget the day I met the man who changed my life. It was a hot July day in Washington DC, and I had been advocating on Capitol Hill for military children with special needs. For days, for meeting after meeting, I shared stories of children who had been repeatedly denied healthcare...
Susan Reynolds's picture

Tilt at the Windmills, Stop the Stigma

July 1, 2016
Mental illness, psychiatric disorders, learning disability. neurotypical, neurodiversity. Crazy, impulsive, paranoid, moron, stupid, lazy, normal, weird. I have ADHD. Undiagnosed (and un-medicated) until my mid-twenties, I had a well-developed arsenal of coping mechanisms that did a decent job of...
Stephanie Lormand's picture

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...
Iara Peng's picture

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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Mi historia #InsideOut: Cómo el aprendizaje socioemocional ayudó a mi hija

April 23, 2016
Como madre de dos hijos, incluyendo una niña que tiene necesidades especiales y un defecto de nacimiento, he podido ver cómo los padres, hijos y la sociedad se benefician si las familias tienen acceso a atención infantil de alta calidad, programas de aprendizaje temprano y programas de salud mental...
Sheila Arias's picture

How to lovingly empower your children to speak your heritage language with you

April 19, 2016
There is a certain intimacy that comes with sharing a heritage language with someone you love. This is not a value statement. It’s no more or less intimate, just an additional layer in an intricately woven tapestry. With intimacy comes connection. With connection comes empathy and a deep sense of...
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Investing in Prevention: What Does it Look Like and Why Does it Matter?

April 19, 2016
Well over half of youth sampled in the 2011 National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence reported experiencing or witnessing at least one form of exposure to violence. Other reports state that as many as 2 out of 3 children in this country have been exposed to trauma and violence. Trauma...
Megan Martin's picture
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#InsideOut Blog Carnival: Focus on Social & Emotional Learning

April 19, 2016
It’s not news to moms that kids who are struggling socially or who feel unsafe are unlikely to enjoy and thrive in school. But there is increasing evidence that children who lack social and emotional skills are less likely to thrive as adults too. A recent 20-year study found that children who were...
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