Coaching, Disability, Parenting

To A New Special Needs Parent As My Eldest Leaves For University

Welcome to a fantastic journey - one you never asked for, signed up for or (probably) trained for. As much as it feels that your world has come crashing down around you, or that you can't possibly handle this, the truth is more complicated than that. The truth is that there will be high's and lo's to this journey that you may only be able to appreciate down the road. The truth is also that you already have the one key ingredient for success: you love your child.

Three Chairs
Disability, Parenting

4 Lessons I’ve Learned as a Disabled Parent of Kids with Disabilities

This post was first published on 'The Mighty' March 11, 2019, but I always like to repost my writings here as well. https://themighty.com/2019/03/disabled-parent-disabled-children/  I’ve spent my entire life in the disabled world, so I’ve seen lots of personal stories about living with a disability and what that’s like, and I’ve seen lots of stories about people’s experiences… Continue reading 4 Lessons I’ve Learned as a Disabled Parent of Kids with Disabilities

Photo by Jonas Vincent on Unsplash
Disability, Parenting

Autism, Cat-munication and Joining

There is a lot of conversation right now in Ontario about autism and about autism therapy. IBI and ABA have pride of place in the autism therapy world, and I know many parents and families who have seen remarkable results. That option needs to remain open for parents and families, and needs to be funded to… Continue reading Autism, Cat-munication and Joining

I spiral tunnel leading to a bright light.
Coaching, Disability, Parenting

“Not Lying” vs. “Telling the Truth”

Learning to tell the truth means getting honest about our emotions and about our motivations. Learning to tell the truth means getting honest about our pain and our limitations, about our hopes and our dreams. Learning to tell the truth means learning how to tell those things to other people, yes, but possibly more important than anything else, it means learning how to tell these truths to ourselves.