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Knocking Down Barriers

July 8, 2016
My journey into motherhood took an unexpected turn with the birth of my son Austin who was born with a developmental disability. Developmental Disabilities include Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Down Syndrome, amongst others. Austin was born in the year 1988, and my...
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Lives can change in an instant

July 6, 2016
When I recently attended an advance prescreening of Intelligent Lives, a wonderful film by Dan Habib that will challenge our definition of intelligence when it is released next year, in the discussion that followed the clip, a number of participants from the film were answering audience questions...
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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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We need to start talking about the 1 in 5

July 6, 2016
I am the mother of two extraordinary children, ages 10 and 13, who experience learning differences and attention issues. When we started out on this journey, we were scared and so was our daughter. We had little information to go on, as the diagnosis was unclear because she was so bright and was “...
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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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"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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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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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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#MilitaryMonday: It's time to raise up Washington

July 4, 2016
Grilling burgers. Family and friends. Watching fireworks. That’s what usually comes to mind when people think about the Fourth of July, when we come together regardless of background or politics and celebrate our nation’s independence. Many of us also think about our brave men and women in uniform...
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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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