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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...
The Run for Holland 5K was organized by Adam and Brooke Burleson to raise awareness for parents who have had or are having a child born with a physical or mental disability. It developed out of the couple’s desire to educate others after a genetic test discovered that the baby they would be having had a high chance of having Down syndrome. Support from those around them led them to embracing their child, Holland, as a gift from God. Their 5K and 1 mile fun run was held on April 26th at...
What Defines Smart? ~A Sister's Perspective           Two things that are very important to me are education and equal rights. I have always liked learning new things and putting what I learn to use. My main motivation for coming to college was that I would be able to learn more and have more varied experiences. I think programs for those of higher intelligence are vital in allowing them to reach their full potential. I have always been in such programs and it has...
~Embracing The Journey~ written by Janessa E. Shelton   Spring is finally here! It's that time of year that rolls around and I find myself wondering where the time has flown off to?! Springtime means celebrating the births of my daughters, as they were born in April and early June. Now after a decade, both of them have finally reached what my youngest daughter proudly refers to as the "double digits" It does not seem possible, and yet it is! There is so much truth to the Latin...

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