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Snapshot of a Special Needs Family

Some days I forget. I forget that our family isn’t “normal” because we experience so many “normal” moments-complaining about homework after dinner, ice cream eating contests at McDonalds, Friday night-movie nights…. But last night at church was new “not normal” snapshot for me: It has been a loooooooong time since we’ve attended an evening service at a church (years, maybe), but "The Hubs" and I [...]

Two Generation of Autism – Similarities and Differences

Someone once asked me to define the similarities and differences between the Hubs and our 7yo. On the surface, the differences are huge- due to the fact that one has 25+ years of trying to fit in socially and being (seriously. lack of better term) beaten into social submission. So I wrote a ginormous list, but only chose a few to share with you since [...]

An Interview with a Parent Navigating Two Generations of Autism

If you missed last month’s post in this series, you can click here, or join me for a short recap: • An Interview with a parent navigating Two Generations of Autism, Michelle Christiansen. So, what’s like living with two generations of Autism? Um… it’s not easy, that’s for sure. But it’s our life. Slowly, gradually, we’ve adjusted and it seems like we’re constantly adjusting, but [...]

Mom Guilt Moment

I experienced a huge “mom-guilt trip” the other day. Our 7yo (Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism Spectrum) (J) and 5yo(A) both had a field trip to a community theater production. At the same time. On the same day. Hubs couldn’t chaperone, but I could, so I did. And I went A’s Kindergarten class, instead of our son’s first grade class(even though he sometimes needs some [...]

Two Generations of Autism – The Beginning

The Beginning of a new Writing Series on Special Happens.... I am Michelle. I started blogging with Special Happens as a form of therapy for myself-discovering how to cope and raise a child on the autism spectrum.  I believe in sharing stories, circumstances and how we handled them with each other-because we all have something to learn from each other. I also believe that no [...]

Perspective on When Special Needs Fathers Remain

“When Special Needs Dads Remain…” I chose to write about this because I thought it would easy. Simple. J’s dad has stayed in the picture, so I was going to write a few serious sentences about how not all SN dads stay, and how that can be hard, ect… but then I actually started to think about J’s dad staying, and how much better things [...]

Teacher's Gifts Ideas

It’s that time of year again and I am here to give you some *awesome* suggestions for those end-of-the-year-last-minute-thought teacher gifts. Let’s not forget that the classroom teacher is not the only one involved in our children’s lives, so start making your teacher/team member list now! For instance, I would list my son’s classroom teacher, his art teacher, gym teacher, computer teacher, P.E. teacher, speech [...]

Super Yummy Muffin Cookies Recipe

Today I wanted to share with you my not-quite-famous-yet Super Yummy Muffin Cookies recipe. Healthy? Um….no, probably not. Nutritious? Sure…as long as you haven’t had your daily sugar allotment yet. Yummy? Of course!!! Now it’s no secret that the kitchen and I do not see eye-to-eye most of the time. (With as much time as I spend in there, making meals, attempting recipes, and cleaning [...]

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Worst Play Date Experience… Or Was It?

J’s worst ‘playdate’ experience was probably also the best. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t remember what happened three years ago, but I do. It changed our perspective, our lives. See, back before he had any official diagnosis, we would just chalk J’s screaming up to his speech delay. Sure, some days were worse than others, but we just couldn’t seem to get a handle on [...]