Making Lemonade – FREE for a Limited Time

When life gives you lemons, how you approach, process, and transform them makes all the difference. Especially for parents facing the sour experiences of raising a child with developmental, behavioral, and/or health needs. Making Lemonade: Parents Transforming Special Needs incorporates practical strategies from a Christian worldview and the emotional stories of parents (including me!) busy in the kitchen of life to offer readers hope and encouragement as they face their own lemons. Mirroring the steps

Processing Difficult News

What do you do with news you didn’t expect? I’ve learned it all depends on what kind of news it is. (Since good news is much easier to accept than bad news.) But it’s also important to have a strong foundation for life since the stability of family and faith keep the boat from rocking too much.   On Thursday, I had a meeting with my daughter’s educational team to discuss her autistic-like behaviors. The

What’s in a Label? Autism

As I’ve shared before, my 13-year-old daughter has Cornelia de Lange syndrome. It’s a rare genetic syndrome resulting in growth delays, developmental delays and autistic-like behaviors. At least, that’s the way I used to describe it. Now, I may be changing labels and “upgrading” her diagnosis. Why? Because we just got the test results back from a study we participated in through Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia looking into behavior and autism in CdLS. Was there