Tagged with special needs

welcome to the club – evolved

In May of 2009, I wrote a post that would, in many ways, come to define Diary. It has been shared around the world, reprinted in more languages than I can count, appears in two anthologies, and, in a slightly edited version, will soon debut in the inaugural issue of Zoom Magazine. When I looked at … Continue reading

team brooke – the middle school version

team brooke – the middle school version

{image is a photo of Brooke and a dog that she met on Nantucket last week} Middle school starts tomorrow. I’m trying to pretend I’m not freaking out. I’m totally freaking out. In order to keep up some pretense of the former, I sent Brooke’s new team the following, as I do every year. It … Continue reading

the secret

{image is a closeup photo of a woman’s lips with her finger touching them as if to say, “Shhh, it’s a secret} Over the weekend, I found myself in a pretty deep conversation with a fellow autism mama, as you do. Spanning everything from a comparative analysis of major religions, a lament of the far too … Continue reading

team brooke 2013/14

Ed note: Yes, I do this every year. And yes, it’s a pain in the arse to write. But I think it’s worth the time. I believe that writing to the people who will work with my child and referring to them as a team matters. I believe that telling them who she is and … Continue reading

c’mon vamanos

~ She was working on it for nearly a week. She would shuttle us all out of the den and take out her supplies – scads of paper, a freshly sharpened pencil and Dora Scrabble. The game, she explained, had pictures of all of the characters on its board. I asked her if she wanted … Continue reading

doing her part

Diary of a Mom Is there anything better than family who lets your kid blow out the candles on their cake? #Grateful Like ·  · Share · Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm . * The Bat Mitzvah girl spoke about how she planned to take on her responsibility as a newly minted adult in her community. She … Continue reading

braver than you believe

* The note I left in Katie’s lunchbox this morning * Thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for telling me your own stories in return. Thank you for never letting me forget that as isolating as this journey can be, neither I nor my children are on it alone. … Continue reading

innocence lost – the siblings

* Katie and Brooke ~ Photo by Kathleen Connerton * Their innocence lost, they had to be braver and more generous than children should have to be. ~ Eustacia Cutler, speaking of her other children – Temple’s siblings. My heart is breaking. It’s too much tonight. These kids – these amazing little people – carry the … Continue reading

like your kids live here

* I saw this sign the other day. And I thought, My God, this is genius. * And I wondered. What if we could litter the world with these? What if we could make signs that said ACT like your kids live here? Or, I don’t know, maybe – SPEAK like your kids live here … Continue reading

28 minutes

— Diary of a Mom Big community building event at the girls’ school tonight. Cover me, Dan O, we’re going in. * Diary of a Mom We lasted 28 minutes. And by God I’m calling every one of them a victory. #HolyChaosBatman * Diary of a Mom dear NT mom selling pizza at the school … Continue reading