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.

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

The Best of Autism Awareness in 2013

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, and kicks off National Autism Awareness Month. Some will say that Autism Awareness is every day, some will find the importance of our Nation and the World coming together with one unified purpose of enlightening just one more person about Autism.  Some writing will leave you in tears; some will lend you to cheer.  Still others will produce [...]

A Weight Loss Option for Diabetics

I hear a commercial about the difficulties of losing weight with Diabetes.  Somewhere in the pitch the commercial goes on to say that weight loss and nutrition plans just don’t work for people with Diabetes and are not made for people with Diabetes.  “HA!” immediately rang in my head.  Why? On my perusing through the Nutrisystem site, I easily came across Nutrisystem® D®.  A weight [...]

By | 2013-03-13T23:10:37+00:00 March 13th, 2013|Categories: Diabetes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

New Planet's Pale Ale • A Gluten-Free Beer Review

When we originally believed J to be intollerant to gluten and casein (eggs, peanuts and more) our family decided to make a collective move to a GFCF diet. As much as that entails, one detail that could not be overlooked was ‘our time’. That is, we want to ensure that most of the things we enjoy can be made up for...somewhere. What am I talking [...]

By | 2013-02-23T07:00:48+00:00 February 23rd, 2013|Categories: Allergies / Anaphylaxis, Food, Off the Shelf|Tags: , |1 Comment

A Parent's Guilt Comes With Special Needs

For so long the guilt I felt was an enormous burden that no one could seem to understand. Sometimes I would give it voice, only to have it quickly silenced with words of encouragement and sayings that made sense in the reality of looking at things from a far away place. But always in my head, they lingered, my thought’s whispers that what happened to [...]

By | 2013-02-18T07:00:33+00:00 February 18th, 2013|Categories: Family, Parenting, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , , |18 Comments

Valentine's Day Ideas – Goodies, Crafts, Decor and More

If your life resembles mine in any way, you've likely woken up today, realized what day it was, and blurted out that which will not be repeated here....(How do these days whiz by us so fast!?!?). But don't worry. All is not lost. I've gathered together some ways you can make it look like you were on top of it the whole time. Decor, desserts, [...]

By | 2013-02-13T22:50:17+00:00 February 13th, 2013|Categories: DIY / Crafts, Holidays|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Success at Monster Jam – Shows Still Remain

[dropshadowbox align="center" effect="lifted-both" width="305px" height="" background_color="#65AF34" border_width="1" border_color="#dddddd" ] Remaining show times are: Sat., February 9, 2013: 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm Sun., February 10, 2013: 2:00 pm [/dropshadowbox] Last night was opening night for Monster Jam (Monster Trucks) in Denver, and I’m excited to tell you that after a LOT of work and VERY good headphones, we made it through the entire night of [...]

By | 2013-02-09T14:08:03+00:00 February 9th, 2013|Categories: Colorado, Events / Activities|0 Comments

Creating Successful Events with Sensory Processing Disorder

When your child is diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, you may find yourself withdrawing from a number of activities, for a number of reasons, one of which has to do with your child’s ability to feel comfortable in various settings, within various activities, etc. Once SPD has been diagnosed, therapy begun and a sensory “diet” in place, it may be time to venture out and [...]

Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis, Ph.D. – A Book Review

One commonality throughout most GFCF cookbooks is the lack of completeness. Though they may be full of recipes (good or bad) they will still leave lingering holes in your understanding / consideration of the GFCF diet and many other diets. Research. Alternatives. Why groups of people need specific diets, and the presentation of help in understanding that is the largest realm untouched requiring you to [...]

By | 2013-01-19T07:00:06+00:00 January 19th, 2013|Categories: Books, Resources|1 Comment

Taking Action and Separating My Boy from Video Games… at least for now

I’m pissed off.  Angry, with a fire lit beneath me.  And it’s my own fault. As parents we make mistakes.  We make choices, calculated guesses after weighing a number of factors, that seem important at the time of the decision.  We live with consequences, secretly crossing our fingers behind our backs hoping what we decided was right.  Well, what I decided was wrong.  And the [...]

By | 2013-01-17T07:00:21+00:00 January 17th, 2013|Categories: Family, Parenting, Siblings|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

What Do You Say When a Miracle Turns 10?

The happiness I have in my heart can hardly be given life with mere words. My oldest son, the one who has set us out on a journey that has tested our strength and fortified us individuals and as a family, turned 10 day. Ten. Double digits. The Golden Birthday followed by Golden Years. Admittedly, I’m panicking a bit inside… I have a 10 year [...]

Resolution: Get My House in Order

I’ve made and broken most every New Year’s Resolution I’ve ever made… or maybe I’m only recalling the ones that went down in flames.  There were even years I refused to make resolutions because I knew they would only be broken, and why should I be waiting for the New Year to decide that things needed changing?!?  But, the truth is, I like the ritual [...]

By | 2013-01-02T12:09:36+00:00 January 2nd, 2013|Categories: Family, Inspiration / Laughter, Parenting, Self Care|Tags: , , , |27 Comments
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