Gina St. Aubin

Gina St. Aubin

About Gina St. Aubin

Gina St. Aubin is a former Victim’s Advocate who now advocates for those with intellectual and physical challenges. Her eldest son is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Electrical Status Epilepticus during Sleep / Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (a rare epileptic disorder causing verbal aphasia) and Developmental Delays. In June, 2012, her son also underwent a successful hemispherectomy. Gina is the editor, author and owner of Special Happens, serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the SPD Foundation, and resides in Colorado where she is a mother of 3, wife, blogger, writer and special needs advocate.

You Will Come to Understand the Beauty That is Special Needs

To Me, 2001: Copyright: 1971yes / 123RF Right about now you’re making plans. A “milestone” birthday is coming your way, and for your memories, you’re feeling like you want to live your life with an exclamation. You’ve decided that it’s time to soar through the sky with all the adrenaline your body can muster, to plummet to the earth with enough fear to [...]

Finding Hope in Special Needs

It’s been some time since I came here in my own voice to share my thoughts and fears, hopes and experiences with anyone who might gain anything of value from them. For some time, I have to admit, I wasn’t sure I had anything to pass along. What could I possibly say or do to help me and help you, and keep us all going? [...]

By | 2017-11-03T22:22:43+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration / Laughter|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Getting Ready for the Holidays in Colorado with the Santa Express Train

We've passed Halloween, we're coming up to Thanksgiving and preparing for Christmas. This year, one of our contributors is going to ride the Santa Express Train! The Santa Express Train, Colorado's favorite holiday train, runs through the Royal Gorge this Nov. 20 through Dec. 27, bringing more than 20,000 to the Royal Gorge Region over a six-week period. The Royal Gorge Route is offering more [...]

By | 2015-11-04T09:12:43+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Categories: Colorado, Events / Activities, Holidays|Tags: , |0 Comments

Questions About Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza, Asperger's Syndrome and SPD | Sensory Focus Magazine

Time has passed since the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 people dead; most of the victims were children. The shooter was Adam Lanza. He just happened to have Asperger's Syndrome and SPD. A good deal of 'rumors' about the disorders and what they meant for "everyone else" started circulating. Many organizations worked to dispel the inaccurate information. This work has not stopped. [...]

By | 2014-06-17T14:56:06+00:00 June 17th, 2014|Categories: Hot Topics|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Great Bike Giveaway: Special Bikes for Special Kids

Do you remember the freedom you felt, the confidence you gained, the pride you had when you received your first bike? The Great Bike Giveaway will help give give children with special needs the same feeling you had when that shiny new bike arrived at your home. For the second consecutive year Friendship Circle is holding the Great Bike Giveaway, a national contest giving away adaptive bikes to [...]

By | 2014-02-22T09:00:08+00:00 February 22nd, 2014|Categories: Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Children's Hospital Colorado South Campus

Did you know.... Children's Colorado's South Campus in Highlands Ranch opened last month! The new South Campus features the only 24/7 pediatric urgent care facility in South Metro Denver staffed by board certified pediatric emergency medicine doctors and pediatric emergency nurses. It also offers a wide range of outpatient specialty clinics, inpatient and surgery care along with state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic services.

By | 2014-01-18T09:00:46+00:00 January 18th, 2014|Categories: Colorado, Events / Activities|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Visiting the Denver Firefighter Museum

Brought to you by the Denver Firefighters Museum The swell of Christmas is over. Many of us who now switch our endeavors to the entertainment of children home on school break, rather than running ourselves into insanity, and I have an idea for you. Not too long ago, in a post brought to you by the Denver Firefighter Museum, in the midst of my winter [...]

By | 2013-12-26T09:00:24+00:00 December 26th, 2013|Categories: Colorado, Events / Activities|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Things to Do on the Upcoming School Winter Breaks – Including the Firefighters Museum in Denver

Brought to you by the Denver Firefighters Museum I feel fairly confident when I say, "We survived Thanksgiving". We survived because we had some things scheduled. Some weren't so much fun (like a minor surgery). Others had to do with preparing for hosting Thanksgiving at our home (a little trick I learned about hosting for our special needs sanity), and I decided that it's ok [...]

Being Aware of Epilepsy

We’re 6 days into my purple lights and I can’t help but think of all that’s going on in the world.  I wonder if the purple is lost somewhere… if people make the connection of purple representing epilepsy; if anyone is even thinking about epilepsy.  About awareness.  I wonder if people realize that their neighbor, friend, or co-worker could have epilepsy.  That epilepsy is not [...]

By | 2013-11-06T09:00:23+00:00 November 6th, 2013|Categories: Epilepsy|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Children's Advocacy Boot Camp

The first-ever Children’s Advocacy Boot Camp will be launching in January 2014. This new Children’s Advocacy Boot Camp builds upon the momentum Children’s Hospital Colorado has built in the past few years through its Speak Up initiatives, which have drawn more than 300 participants to learn how to advocate for children in a variety of settings. Designed to go even more in-depth, the Advocacy Boot Camp will [...]

By | 2013-10-27T09:00:00+00:00 October 27th, 2013|Categories: Colorado, Events / Activities|Tags: , , |0 Comments

I'm Sorry – From One Special Needs Mom to Another

The thing about “I’m sorry” is that it’s something we’re constantly telling people we don’t want to hear.  We don’t want people to pity us as parents of children with special needs.  We don’t want people to be sorry that we have a child with special needs, or with challenges, or sorry for our daily struggles, or our challenge to survive the hour much less [...]

The STAR Center Launches a Scholarship Program for Military Families

STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center, the premier treatment center for children with sensory challenges, is announcing a new scholarship program for children of military parents. This announcement is timed to create greater awareness about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in October during National Sensory Awareness Month. STAR Center scholarships provide financial aid to families seeking solutions for their children with SPD, and other sensory challenges related [...]

Yoga For Children with Special Needs

  That graphic says it all, but in case you want more... I was fortunate to receive a complimentary copy of the DVD, Yoga for Children with Special Needs, presented by Rachel Hunter and Future Horizons, Inc.  While I was thrilled, I also had a voice inside telling me... what are you thinking!?!?!  J has moderate cerebral palsy and since his brain surgery has been [...]

Thinking about YOU, Thinking about ME by Social Thinking

I was fortunate to receive a copy of one of the latest books from Social Thinking, Thinking about YOU, Thinking about ME.  I'm not going to lie, the book is huge!  As it should be considering the depth of information it provides.  As thrilled as I was to get it, a few flips of the pages gave me an idea.  The idea, pass it along [...]

By | 2013-07-26T09:00:50+00:00 July 26th, 2013|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

First-Ever Living Well With A Disability Conference & Expo

(Harrisburg, Pa.) – Pennsylvania is taking center stage in the disability community, hosting the first-ever Living Well With A Disability Conference & Expo on August 23-26, 2013 in Lancaster, Pa. Presented by the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP), PA Statewide Independent Living Council (PA SILC) and Three Rivers Center for Independent Living (TRCIL), the event will challenge people with disabilities to discover their very best lives as they test [...]

By | 2013-07-13T09:05:10+00:00 July 13th, 2013|Categories: Events / Activities, National|Tags: |0 Comments

Water Game for Kids – A Fun and Easy Way to Increase Your Child's Water Intake

The following post is brought has been sponsored by Nutrisystem. There’s no doubt, it’s summer. For some that means swimming in the pool, running through sprinklers, maybe a water balloon fight, or at bear minimum, running your head under some water to cool off. Water play coincides with summer, enough said. But what about water intake? I think it’s fair to say that we can [...]

By | 2013-06-15T09:00:01+00:00 June 15th, 2013|Categories: Food, Medical / Therapies, Nutrition, Tips & Tricks|0 Comments

The Passing of David Doe, The Autism Whisperer

Without the proper time to know him… just long enough for the connection to be made, the importance of his voice, really the importance of his life story illuminated from within him. But we lost him. One of our contributors, David Doe, passed away last week from various medical complications. From his wife: Everyone at Special Happens feels the sadness and loss within our community. [...]

By | 2013-06-11T14:32:26+00:00 June 11th, 2013|Categories: Autism / Asperger’s, Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Meningioma Brain Tumor Survivor, Author and Founder Meningioma Mommas, Liz Holzemer

We know our bodies better than anyone and are our own best advocates. This is especially true for women who wear so many hats and put themselves on the backburner. We need to change our thinking and give ourselves permission to put ourselves at the top of our never ending “TO DO” lists. That’s not being selfish; it’s ensuring we’re taking care of ourselves. Otherwise, [...]

When Primary Immune Deficiencies Affect Your Student at School

Ironically, since the recent posts on Primary Immune Deficiency, we have discovered that our youngest son's preschool class has a student diagnosed with PID.  Now this is something that effects everyone.  Should I be on the fence of whether my son is 'possibly' coming down with something or is just tired and cranky, I am asked to keep my child home.  Could you imagine how [...]

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