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One of the biggest challenges that I realized early on that I would face in raising my autistic son is finding the programs that would accommodate him. The normal process of enrolling kids in sports leagues, art programs, or...
The month of April is Autism Acceptance Month, a month that may or may not have even been on my radar until July of 2016, when my second son was born. Before then, I knew of autism vaguely — it...
On today's episode we are talking about navigating the IEP/504 process, which can be very overwhelming as parents navigate the world of special education. We discuss the difference between and IEP and a 504, early resources and interventions, medical...
I didn't know it was a problem until I sat next to him every day during virtual school. My then third-grader couldn't sit still. He was reduced to tears of frustration multiple times a day. His near perfect grades...
This post is sponsored by Children's Mercy Kansas City. Now that kids are back in school, progress reports and parent-teacher conferences will be here before you know it. Over the past decade, one topic that has received a lot of media...
I have so many dreams for you, my sweet girl. One big dream? I don’t want you to tiptoe through life. I want you to ROAR. Because you are going to face challenges as a little girl of color. I...
As I sit alone during my workday and think about how the evening could go there are so many conflicting feelings going through my mind. It’s part anxiety, part confidence, part frustration, part positivity.  The confident parent in me says – hey,...
Reminiscing on summer camp as an adult, it was one of the most memorable times of my childhood. Team activities, art crafts, and songs galore always had me wanting to go back year after year. After having kids of...
When my son was diagnosed as being autistic two years ago, I thought I understood what that meant. I thought it meant communication delays, trouble with social interaction, sensory meltdowns, and more. I had puzzle pieces practically coming out...
The headaches started the summer before kindergarten. I blamed it on too much activity in the blazing August sun. The headaches continued into the first few months of kindergarten. I was coming to pick him up from school at least...
This post is sponsored by Children's Mercy. If your kid experiences frequent headaches, you are not alone. More than 40,000 kids in the Kansas City metro suffer from headaches. The good news is that headaches aren’t usually serious, but they...
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A Cure for Charlie

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#ACureforCharlie Charlie turned 3 in November 2020. He was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease in August 2019—so rare it is referred to only by its genetic location, SLC6A1. With this disease comes learning delays, neurological problems, as well as seizures...
We recently joined the ranks of families who have children with a feeding tube. We've been very open about this on social media and realized that people have lots of questions they've always been too nervous to ask...so I'm...
“All that matters is a healthy baby.”  How many times have you heard this phrase when talking about an ultrasound? I've used it many times when wondering about the gender of my children or chatting with my pregnant friends. While...
This post is sponsored by Children's Therapy Services in Overland Park. They can help your child improve speech and language so they are ready for school in the fall! You may have a concern or someone in you or your...

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Best Neighborhood Lights in Kansas City: Lenexa and Shawnee West

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  Thanks to University Health for sponsoring this year's neighborhood lights guide.  Tis the season for loading all the kids up in the car in their pajamas...
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