Happy First Birthday to us! Thank you ,Thank You,Thank You! I cannot believe a year has passed since I started out on this journey. For those of you that know me, you know I am not easily satisfied and will continue to work harder than ever, BUT, I am so happy to have grown so much in this short time, to have so many new readers, contributors, sponsors and to know we are making a difference! It is working and we will continue to as well!
So a few weeks ago I came up with a fairly brilliant idea, I thought at the time, for an entry to the blog. I would poll the special needs community for tips on surviving whatever holidays they celebrate. Then I would sit back and reap everyone’s abundant knowledge for both the good of the blog, and for my own selfish purposes, because our holidays are sometimes sheer hell. Here was my cheerful request: “I am gathering info for a special needs blog article I am writing. Any info/suggestions on what you do to survive or *GASP!!!* ENJOY, family/holiday get-togethers would be appreciated, even a sentence or two. Would like perspective from a variety of traditions, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, anything. How does your church/mosque/synagogue help you out? What could they do better? Ditto your family and friends. Tia.”
In addition to providing Information and Resources, sponsoring social and recreational program for all ages, and providing scholarships, the Autism Society Central VA also hosts Chapter Meetings on a monthly basis, which cover topics relevant to individuals and families, at any age and any stage.
Editor’s Note. Look for upcoming articles from Kimmy, I am so excited to be growing our community of Special Needs parents and children to share with us. If at any time, you are interested, please send me a note.
Editor’s Note: I first published this 4 years ago and I wish that I could tell you that a tremendous amount has changed for the better, but I can’t. I can tell you that some things have changed and some of it is better, and that is enough. Being a parent of a special needs child, you learn and appreciate that every little thing matters and that it is all wonderful.
Hi Friends & Family,
The Holidays are a busy time and it is likely your special needs child will be with you as you need to get some of your errands done. These outings are a great chance to teach life skills.
There is that chance of the dreaded meltdown, we all know that place well and many of us may wonder if it is worth the chance of risking it?
We know our kids best and should consider what we have to do, where we have to go and how long it will be WHEN there is a choice. For many of us, there may not be the choice and our child will need to be with us for all or most of our errands.
I have come up with some tips in hopes to help.
So many times as special needs parents, we tend to focus on the things we struggle with, the things our kids can’t do and the frustrations we feel in our daily lives. Today, I am going to focus on what gifts we receive from our son, the things he teaches and the joys he brings to our family every day.
“We’ve always thought about adopting.” I’ve heard that phrase a lot over the last two years as part of our own journey in parenthood. Usually what follows that phrase is a list of reasons why the person is just not quite ready to take the plunge. While the adoption of a child may not be for everyone, it’s a lot more possible than people sometimes think.
On March 16, 2014 at the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, sixteen-year-old Cameron K. Gallagher passed away as she crossed the finish line from an undiagnosed heart condition. On that day Cameron struggled to finish a race that she had set as a personal goal for herself—and was victorious. But that was not the only hard fight that Cameron fought. Cameron suffered from severe depression and anxiety for several years. The ever-smiling teen was growing tired of keeping her struggle a private battle. She knew that like her, many teens were in great pain behind closed doors. As she trained for the half marathon, she took it upon herself to address the misplaced stigma held by so many about teenage depression. Her dream was to create a 5k race in her community to help raise awareness of teenage depression. She had titled that race the SpeakUp5k in order to draw attention to the issue of teen depression and to let other teens like herself know that it was okay to “Speak Up” about their personal battles. Unfortunately, Cameron did not see her dream come true but Cameron’s dream is now a legacy far greater then she ever could have imagined.
Northstar Academy is a unique and highly successful non-profit school serving children ages
5-22. We promote educational excellence and career opportunities for students with disabilities who have academic, physical, or social challenges.
Our students are not defined by their disabilities. We ensure an educational experience that is both traditional and unconventional, recognizing the unique qualities of each student. Northstar’s dedicated faculty embrace and appreciate our student body of diverse learners and identify tangible ways each student’s abilities will position them for the demands of our 21st century. Our innovative curriculum is cutting-edge and custom-tailored so that each student can overcome their challenges and achieve their greatest potential.
Lindamood-Bell Language and On-Cloud Nine Math
Daily Social Skills Instruction
Visual and Performing Arts
Watch this video, and see what life at Northstar is all about!