Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? How You Can Make the Holidays Easier for Parents of Autistic Children

Thanksgiving is next week, and many are looking forward to the good food and fellowship, especially with fun and silly videos like this one floating around social media. However, holidays can be a time of anxiety and trepidation for parents of special needs children, specifically autistic children. There are many reasons. Families don’t understand the odd behaviors of autistic children. They don’t … [Read more...]

Holiday Etiquette for Family Members of Parents with Special Needs Children

It’s that time of year again, and many including myself are gearing up for a host of Christmas festivities which also includes a number of family dinners. Next week, my children and I will be traveling to visit family we haven’t seen all year. I am looking forward to it. I can’t wait to see my extended family. However, there is one aspect I dread every year – the unsolicited parenting advice, … [Read more...]

Hope for the Holidays

“To provide for those who mourn in Zion—to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, to display his glory” Isaiah 61:3 (NRSV). In the last couple of weeks, I’ve emailed back-and-forth with a woman referred to me from the SUDEP Institute … [Read more...]