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Archive for January, 2015

Get Your JOY Back: An Interview with Laurie Wallin {Giveaway}


Some studies report as many as one out of every four families in the U.S. has a child with a special need. Parenting is stressful even when a child doesn’t have a physical, mental or emotional difficulty. One can imagine the stress on special needs families. Laurie Wallin meets these parents right where they are in her new book, Get Your Joy Back: Banishing Resentment and Reclaiming Confidence in Your Special Needs Family (Kregel Publications/January 27, 2015/ISBN: 978-0825443398/$13.99). Wallin strives every day to live out…

Love pushes us to the front of the crowd, reflecting on a dual diagnosis

love pushes us, living well with dual diagnosis

Love pushes us to the front of the crowd, reflecting on a dual diagnosis I belong to a private Facebook group for parents who have kids with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism. I think of myself new to the autism world but in actuality, my fourth daughter Evangeline has held the diagnosis for, oh my goodness what has it been? Two years? Although I mostly lurk, the dual diagnosis group has become a place of refuge for me. I find parents sharing their…