I easily forget that my son is getting older, mostly because he's physically small but also because he needs help with things that kids his age have figured out how to do long ago. But that doesn't mean he's a child in every way.
When you are parenting a child with special needs, learning how to communicate clearly with teachers, doctors and other professionals is a critical tool. Good communication helps the person we're trying to talk to understand all of the facts of the situation as well as what we need them to do. It's not that they don't care about us or want to rush us, but sometimes too much information makes it hard for them to know how to help.
I am sometimes asked what it feels like to share so much personal information on this blog. After years of raising a child with special needs, I can honestly say that privacy is something I barely remember.
Researchers at Brigham Young University recently released findings that for people raising young children with disabilities, certain types of social relationships are typically more harmful and others more helpful for parents.