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You have the power to continue to do good in the world and be the positive change, even with everything going on around us.

I sat down in front of the doctor and felt small almost immediately — realizing the power that this professional stranger had over me and my immediate future. He was the person in charge of either giving me a key to the inside or leaving me locked out on the outside where I had always been. He was the person in charge of either listening to me and taking the time to believe my concerns, or simply writing me off and handing me a prescription for anti-depressants – a sticking plaster over the truth. As it turns out, that’s exactly what he did that day in December 2016.

To lead a fulfilled life, being healthy is about much more than just the physical. It involves your mental well-being, too. 

​​​​​​​We all know it’s important to take care of ourselves, but for busy parents self-care often seems to slip to the bottom of the list. But taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury. It’s essential to your own mental health and ability to parent. And the ongoing stress of the pandemic means it’s never been more important. Here are some tips that can help.

Hey families, the COVID vaccine is on everyone’s mind. Those of us who have children, teens, or young adult children with disabilities have lots of questions. What does this mean for our families? Who is the vaccine good for? Here’s a quick list of what we know already and what we are still learning.

Whether they see it on the news or in their own communities, kids across the United States are aware of the violent acts of racism that our country continues to confront. Do your best to meet your child where they are and acknowledge their feelings, fears or worries, even when they express things that make you uncomfortable. It’s also important to assure kids that you’re doing everything you can to keep them safe. This is especially true for very young children, who may mistakenly believe that whatever they’re seeing or hearing about is an immediate danger to them and their loved ones.

Autistic meltdowns are one of the most difficult parts of autism for me. My meltdowns were not dealt with well in my childhood. My parents thought I was just throwing tantrums. They thought I could control what was happening, which was not the case at all. I was usually locked in my room during these meltdowns.

While times are undoubtedly hard, there is hope on the horizon. Use April’s National Month of Hope as a reminder to be a light in somebody’s life this month, including your own!

If your child is not potty trained, how many diapers do you have on hand right now? That’s a question I certainly wouldn’t have been able to answer with any specificity when my children were babies. But it’s a question that parents who struggle to afford the expense — about $70-$80 per month, per baby — can answer easily, because managing diaper need is among their most significant anxieties.

When the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic one year ago, a worldwide transition to remote work and education occurred for many almost overnight. And while we were preoccupied with adapting careers and schoolwork to a virtual experience, online predators suddenly had an influx of distracted, stressed and overwhelmed children, tweens and teens who could be accessed at the click of a key.

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