Living in a society where bullying has become such a prevalent issue, it is beautiful to see that these young children do not see anything as being “wrong” with a person.
An interview with the mother of Madeline Stuart, the 18-year-old model with Down Syndrome who walked in NY Fashion Week.
She stutters so badly, and she starts preschool next month. Can you fix it? Can you make them be patient, help them understand her? Can you promise they will be kind?
I found life down there at the bottom of that vast sea, a group of like-minded parents who knew exactly what I was feeling, parents who knew exactly what I was experiencing.
Sebastian’s social calendar has been wide open his entire life. I have struggled to help him make friends. Everyone else’s children seem to lead over-scheduled lives. It has always been difficult to insert him in their mix.
As an adult now, I'm aware that I represent an unusual and under-represented demographic: siblings of special needs children.
For families of all children affected by congenital heart defects, minor moments take on enormous weight.
I haven’t fought cancer, run for mayor or started my own charter school, but I am the mom of a special needs child and there is something powerful about Parenthood that completely connects me, something I will deeply miss.
We did it all, and we’re still doing it, always trying new things, continuously evolving our methods as we get to know our child.
I have discovered children with special needs are not so uncommon and each of us has a different normality