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Just Appreciate Me

November 15, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

They've been standing on the brink of divorce. For seven years, they had devoted themselves tirelessly to their son with autism. They were worn out; all the joy had left their lives despite their son having made dramatic progress. Their boy was included in a regular class with supports; something they never dreamed of.

Their marriage was another story. He thought she no longer cared about their marriage. She thought he never noticed and appreciated what she was doing for their children. They both agreed that their only interaction was about their disagreements. They decided to take a step back from ending their marriage and came back to my office where four years ago they had recovered from their initial devastated response to their son's diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Read the rest of this entry →

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Tips for Preserving a Relationship While Raising a Child with Special Needs

May 1, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

When you find out you’re pregnant your brain and heart fill with excitement and hope, joy and the thoughts of endless possibilities. It also brings with it concern and trepidation, thoughts of sleepless nights and being able to provide what a child needs. As a couple, the focus changes from being on the two of you, to being on your new baby. These are not simple changes and maintaining a strong, positive relationship with your spouse will take work. When a child is born with special needs, or is later diagnosed with special needs, parents need to work even harder to preserve their relationship. Here are some tips to help you do that. Read the rest of this entry →

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