It was that late winter snow – heavy, wet, and not much left of it. It was the perfect kind of packing snow. The kids decided to make a snowman. They worked together to roll the heavy snow, then packed extra snow in between to keep each part in place. C declared it, “Sticky Splatter the Snowman!” Both kids erupted in laughter. I stood back a little to breathe in the moment. Teamwork. Joy.
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I never know what my evening will look like after I pick my kids up from school and autism therapy. Some nights, they get along beautifully. Other nights, I officiate their battle of wills from the moment we walk in the door until they’re – mercifully – asleep. I often struggle to meet their different menu requests. My kids both have sensory challenges and only accept certain foods. Usually I also make a third dinner for the adults in the household. Three different meals. Weeknights are chaos.
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Now that we have a home, there are certain things that I just need. I need to have a wreath on the front door for every occasion. Does that make me weird? My husband seems to think so. I’ve gotta tell you – I don’t care! Wreaths are cool. I made this rustic burlap and berries St. Patrick’s Day wreath. It’s not specific to St. Patty’s Day, though, so if you’re as forgetful as I am then it’s fine if you leave it up for a few months.
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Our son was two years old when his g-tube was placed. He was dangerously underweight and started with formula. He experienced sugar highs and lows, which resulted in behavioral problems. When he was no longer dangerously underweight, we transitioned to a blended diet. He needed feedings high in nutritional value, calories, protein and fat. Within a week of starting on real food, we noticed improvements in him. Within a month, his cognition improved, his vocabulary expanded, his hair and nails grew rapidly, and his behavioral problems were not as intense.
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When I looked at the ingredients on my son’s g-tube formula, my heart sank. Real food was missing. I researched a blended diet – also termed blenderized diet – for my tubie, acquired a blender, and never looked back. That was more than three years ago and it was the right decision for our son. Switching from formula to a blended whole foods diet can be daunting! Here are 21 tips for a g-tube blended diet to help you through the process.
Caregiving is challenging. There are long days and even longer nights. Stressful situations that seem to have no end. Here are 25 encouraging quotes for special needs families to sustain you through good times and bad:
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. – Maya Angelou