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About Special Happens

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.

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

Autism Awareness Continues – Giveaway

April is almost over.  Autism Awareness will continue on even after our outdoor blue lights are replaced with what’s “normal” for outdoor lighting… We all will do what we can to answer question, enlighten and discuss whenever we can.  The advocating for our children will always mean that our words will be voiced so our children’s voices will be heard. As you continue through this [...]

By | 2013-04-21T09:52:10+00:00 April 21st, 2013|Categories: All About Autism 2011, Giveaways, Series|Tags: , , |9 Comments

How Autism Can Fix the Education System

I give my child's school all the credit in the world. They're amazing. But they're still bound by an education system that is fundamentally flawed. It's a one size, fits all system that teaches, tests and grades all children by the same standards no matter what their strengths, weaknesses or other differences may be. I can't help but wonder how many math or science or [...]

By | 2013-04-15T09:01:44+00:00 April 15th, 2013|Categories: Autism / Asperger’s|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Fighting Epilepsy One Night at a Time – Bridge of Hope Gala Dinner

Bridge of Hope Gala Dinner Saturday, April 20th, 6-10:30 p.m. Chicago, Il Epilepsy affects 50 million people worldwide and more than 2.7 million people in the United States; half of all patients are children The Epilepsy Warriors Foundation, Fighting Seizures One Child At a Time is hosting a gala to help raise money to fight Epilepsy. “We are hosting a Gala to shine a light [...]

By | 2013-04-08T22:57:43+00:00 April 8th, 2013|Categories: Epilepsy, Events / Activities, National|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Don't Miss Monster Jam in Denver

Just about this time last year, our family attended one of the most thrilling and electricity filled shows ever… Monster Trucks at Monster Jam! This year, we will find ourselves there again along with the headphones and other consideration for the sensory sensitivities our family has.  You can see some of those considerations and preparations here. In Denver, you can take the family to see [...]

By | 2013-02-05T04:00:03+00:00 February 5th, 2013|Categories: Colorado, Events / Activities|Tags: , |0 Comments

Phineas and Ferb in Denver – Coupon Code and Giveaway

"Mom! Phineas and Ferb are going on a LIVE tour!!!" That’s right, Disney® is coming to Denver again with Feld Entertainment®, (the producers of Disney On Ice) to bring families the Disney Channel’s hit series, Phineas and Ferb at the Bellco Theatre - previously the Wells Fargo Theatre - in the Colorado Convention Center February 1 and 2, 2013. School's out for summer and anything [...]

By | 2013-01-05T15:34:08+00:00 January 5th, 2013|Categories: Colorado, Events / Activities, Giveaways|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Sentence Builder – Reviewing an App from AbiTalk

Sentence Builder App is a great educational app by Abitalk Incorporated that allows the user to learn to build a basic sentence from the ground up. The app is designed for kids age 4-7 and aptly so, but doesn’t have to be limited to just those ages in my opinion. This is really a universal app that can be greatly utilized in any situation that would [...]

By | 2012-12-30T07:00:01+00:00 December 30th, 2012|Categories: Apps, Resources|Tags: |4 Comments

WIN the Special $250 Amazon Holiday Gift Card #Giveaway

That's right! Special Happens thinks YOU should get rewarded! So, here's another giveaway. This one is HUGE. It's the a special Amazon Holiday Gift Card Giveaway! Special Happens has partnered up with some amazing blogs for this giveaway where one of our readers will win a $250 Amazon Gift Card!   Imagine what you can do in the New Year with $250 at Amazon!  New clothes [...]

By | 2012-12-21T16:14:13+00:00 December 21st, 2012|Categories: Giveaways|16 Comments

There's No Connection Between Autism and Planned Violent Behavior – A Letter to the Community

So much is being felt, said, and thought about the shooting in Connecticut, I will be sharing my thoughts later, but for now, I wanted to address Autism and Asperger’s as a part of the conversation. I’ve thought of a number of ways to respond to the fear that this will likely provoke, but this letter, written by @Jillsmo says it well. • Dear (School [...]

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