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These posts provide resources and perspective for parents who are themselves dealing with a disability, and/or have children who are facing physical, cognitive, developmental disabilities and impairments.

How Science Works | What is Scientific Evidence?

By January 16, 2017 4 Comments

Mothering a child with autism is something I never expected when my husband and I decided to start a family. Our families are both pretty much neurotypical, but we had concerns about our son’s development from an early age. I’m a research scientist working with cancer data, but immediately after my son was diagnosed I […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Science 101 + Mythbusting

The Experts Weigh-In After Cleveland Clinic Doctor Apologizes for Anti-Vaccine Comments

By January 9, 2017 2 Comments

This post has been updated. It’s never a good sign when my phone starts buzzing as I crawl into bed at 9:30 on a Saturday night. Yes, I go to bed at 9:30pm on Saturdays. I’m a parent, sleep is awesome. The buzzes had to do with a recent article written by a physician associated […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines

Developmental Milestones and Delays: When To Seek Help

By September 13, 2016 No Comments

Whether it’s your first child or your third, parents often wonder if their child is meeting their milestones on time. We’ve all felt our stomachs drop as a fellow parent on the playground asks if our toddler or preschooler is doing something yet because their child is. If you have more than one child, you’ve […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers

The Secret Life of Special Needs Parents

By August 2, 2016 1 Comment

In the not too distant past, we used “the r-word” to describe people with special needs. If you don’t know what the r-word is or why its offensive, please stop reading now and read this article explaining why you should not use it to describe anybody, ever. Today we use the phrase “special needs” or […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health

What is Autism & When Should Parents Seek A Diagnosis?

By July 18, 2016 No Comments

As a clinical psychologist, I regularly speak with caregivers who worry about their child’s development. Usually families are referred to me after a primary care pediatrician or a teacher has noted differences in their child’s interaction or communication. Autism is usually high on caregiver’s list of concerns, especially if they’ve looked up their child’s symptoms […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Mental, Emotional, + Behavioral Health

How to Spot the Signs of Hearing Loss Early

By May 18, 2016 1 Comment

Why does the TV volume need to be so loud? Why don’t you follow the direction the first time I said it? Why is my child’s vocabulary not developing as fast as their siblings did? These are all valid questions that parents ask themselves when their child is having difficulty hearing – and often they […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers

CDC Answers More of Your Zika Questions

By May 4, 2016 1 Comment

Mosquito season has arrived for most of the United States and Canada, and this season it brings with it the threat of Zika, and Zika-linked microcephaly.  Last week Margaret (Peggy) Honein, PhD, MPH Chief of the Birth Defects Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) answered reader questions about Zika and microcephaly.  […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning

What States Get Wrong When They Ban Abortions Based on Genetic Factors

By April 25, 2016 2 Comments

No one should ever have to experience the loss of a child. But that’s what legislation passed by the Oklahoma, Indiana and North Dakota legislatures would ban abortions for reason of genetic abnormality would do; it would force women to carry a fetus diagnosed in utero with a terminal genetic disorders to full term and then slowly watch their child die.  I know this, because this is the […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning