Just wanted to pass along this great announcement from the Friendship Circle’s Great Bike Giveaway – we can congratulate 29 amazing, awesome, phenomenal special needs kids! They win the world by winning their very own adaptive bike as part of The Great Bike Giveaway!
It is so important to keep these kinds of events in focus, because participating in them is such an easy way to support the entire special needs community, and specifically these kids with awesomeness and their families.
And yet, in a world where over 1 million babies die on the very day they enter this world, I know we’re lucky in ways others might find hard to understand.
After all, most people don’t consider it lucky to find out every one of your children is born with a rare disorder, that one is completely blind, that another had a brain bleed … it most assuredly doesn’t seem like luck – but we were blessed. Because our children made it. They lived
There are few things more amazing than the freedom of riding your own bike for the first time, but for many children with special needs, that won’t easily happen without an adaptive bike. The Great Bike Giveaway will help children with special needs by helping provide special adaptive bikes made JUST for these kids and their awesomely special needs.
Not only is Friendship Circle an amazing resource for special needs families, they lead the pack when it comes to caring about children and adults with special needs. I encourage you to not only participate in this uniquely awesome giveaway, nomination and voting process, but check out their site as well!
Every little bit counts. That’s a lesson that having children taught me—having a child with special needs, however, made me realize how much of a difference those “little bits” can make. There is nothing that will keep my son, who has cerebral palsy, from having more health issues that my other kids, or keep me from worrying about if he’s getting the proper nutrition. But making sure I give him the right supplements can really work wonders.
I started giving my son supplements after hearing from a blogger friend who had given her CP child certain vitamin and minerals and had seen improvement in both his spasticity and muscle control. At first, I didn’t believe it—an inexpensive, easily attainable way to improve my child’s muscle and skeletal strength? It couldn’t be true.Continue Reading
Our local news is all excited about a potential “new cure” for autism! It seems, *gasp*, that children who have intense behavioral therapy can be “cured” from their autism.
To this I have one response – I laugh.
First, this is hardly news – studies have been around for years talking about the importance of early therapy and the extreme difference it can make for some children on the spectrum.
A cure, or recovery even, connotes a type of healing that one would have from a disease, not a neurological, sometimes-genetically-based and scientifically proven disorder which is not in any way a disease. (the researcher in me is quick to point out that certainly some neurological diseases surely do exist which can do this, but autism does not)
As the mother to three boys who happen to have ASD, with proven genetic and neurological basis, anyone throwing around words which imply that autism can simply be cured isn’t someone (or a news station) I can have a whole lot of respect for.Continue Reading