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14 Must have Life Skills for Teens Adapted from the article 14 Must-have Life Skills for Teens: Don't let your child leave for college without mastering these life skills! By Connie Matthiessen at www.greatschools.org Applying Life Skills with Caleb Recently, my supervisor asked how we could apply this article to our children with special needs. How do we work on helping our children to do what they can do without automatically assuming that they cannot? What could they do and how can we...
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Hello my name is Catherine Huete.   I wanted to share my story of how I got here with everyone. I remember when I first started dancing at a studio that was when I was around age six but remembering why is another story. All I knew at the time was when my parents played music I would always dance around the house without any real direction but I was often shy in dancing in front of people which hasn’t changed too much however, after having some lessons I became more confident in...
My name is Kim Flowers and I am a parent of a 15 year old boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability, named Keith, as well as a 13 year old neurotypical girl, named Aubrey. When Keith was first diagnosed, I did not know about Parent to Parent; as first time parents, my husband and I were initially devastated. I believe parents go through a grieving process when they learn of their child's exceptionality, because the expectations they had for their family must often be...
A huge Thank You to Mrs.Patti Hensley's kindergarten class who won the Cove Creek Elementary School Pumpkin Book Character contest with their "Bad Case of Stripes" pumpkin. Together, they raised $400 for their charity of choice, Parent to Parent FSN-HC, which provides support for families who have children with special needs.
Hope, Love, and Learning to Trust—My Hero By: Caleb's Mom Our son, Caleb, was born on the same day (only eight years later) than his big brother, Jacob, was born. However, Jacob passed away from anencephaly, a neural tube defect of the head. January 5th was not a good day!  I remember saying, “Not today! Any day but not today!” My husband was hopeful and encouraging but an hour after Caleb was born, he crashed. He had two brain bleeds resulting in cerebral palsy. Much too young to have...
The Journey By: Lisa Pittman I have worked in Human Services for going on 12 years now, working primarily in the trenches of Child Protective Services as an investigator of child abuse and neglect.  I have fought the good fight all hours of the day- the wee hours and nights included.  I have seen many of the darker moments of humanity while in this profession. I have seen poverty in its most vivid colors in these homes. I have comforted crying children that must now leave their homes...
COOKING WITH LANDON IS ALWAYS A HIT By: Landon's Mom Landon's mother asked him what Autism was and his response was: "Always Unique Totally Interesting Sometimes Mysterious." At a recent baby shower, I met a parent who has twins; one of which has autism. She asked me if Landon knew he has autism. My response was that I was unsure if he knew he had autism and I wasn’t sure if he even knew what it was. That evening I asked Landon what autism was and his response was, “Always Unique Totally...
Rotary Essay By: Erin Ward In the Rotary essay, we are asked to think about four questions: “Is it the truth?” “Is it fair to all concerned?” “Will it build goodwill and better friendships?” and “Is it beneficial to all?” I looked at these questions with my personal experience of disability.    In our society today, how we look at each other is important. Disability is a big thing.  Some people think that because someone has a disability that they are not as good as the next...
    Raising children with special needs can be challenging at times. Many times I question myself on how to properly meet my children’s emotional, behavioral, and special physical needs. The Parent to Parent FSN-HC support group that I attend weekly helps me with this. They are resourceful, considerate, and always pointing me in the right direction. I feel that having good solid support for my family is a major key in having success in raising my children. Parents need support from...

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