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How an Apple Changed the IEP

It can take the strength of a weightlifter to haul documents, books, and a laptop from one’s car to an IEP meeting. That particular Individualized Educational Plan meeting for my then 10-year-old son was pivotal (not that every IEP meeting isn’t). My husband and I, along with our advocate, had one ginormous task in mind: to have a communication device [...]

January 30th, 2021|Categories: Reflections|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

Cookies, Crayons, and Cookbooks

As a special needs parent, you just want to get it right. You won’t hit it out of the park all the time. But when you do, it sure feels good. When you go from idea to reality and the outcome brings sheer joy to your child, there’s nothing that compares. […]

January 25th, 2021|Categories: Reflections|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Sunflowers and Sunbeams

As I gazed at my son watching the beloved bees on the salvia in our yard, I wondered if what happened earlier played in his mind. There is no way for me to know. As the afternoon sun slanted, I studied him, and thought about what he might be thinking about. Waves of sadness lapped the edges of my heart.  [...]

Oh, Sweet Child of Mine

There’s a place off Highway 50, about 45 miles east of Sacramento and 60 miles west of South Lake Tahoe, that is pure gold. Well, pure gold figuratively, but also literally, in the past. Placerville is a Gold Rush era town that was a central hub for the Mother Lode region’s gold mining operations. As a hub, it had banks, [...]

March 28th, 2020|Categories: Road Trips|Tags: , , , , , |9 Comments

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