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Emily Barbero

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A Tale of Unsuccessful Potty Training

My son's urologist is my favorite kind of woman: ultra-smart, relatable, quick…

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You-Know-Who is a You-Know-What: Raising a Biter

When our globally-delayed son picked up a habit of biting, life became a bit like…

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Special Needs Toddlers and the Family Dog

Stella is our 12-pound Chinese Crested rescue dog.  When I became pregnant,…

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Reaching out to other parents of kids with special needs

We had known each other once before, in school, but had lost touch for many years. …

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Special Needs Job Posting: Seeking a New “What If” Fairy

The special needs parenting world is in search of a new "What If" fairy. 

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Special needs parenting: a letter to an unmade bed

Hi.I know you're upstairs, looking disheveled, feeling ignored.

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Horoscopes for Parents of Children With Disabilities

ARIES. (March 20 - April 19): Your parenting venture this month will be challenging.…

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All of us, son, love all of you

My son's NICU room is dark. I turned all the lights off in the bay; one lone…

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I just want to be called ‘mama’ while he’s still my little boy

When I carried my two year-old out of his room last Saturday morning, his greeting,…

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Eight Phrases Banned from Our Home

1. “The kid at the mall…” Any statement that begins with this…

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Love Paperwork and Application Forms? Raise Children with Disabilities

It took me six hours to complete the paperwork process. The packet had four appendices…

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Explaining genetic testing of kids with special needs to family

  The purpose of genetic testing is really quite simple: discover a genetic…

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You don’t have to be a 24/7 advocate for your child’s condition

I hear the question pretty consistently.  "He is so cute -- but is…

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There’s No Time for Despair, We’ve Got Milestones to Hit - Raising Children with Disabilties

This week, my two year-old son took his first walk outside. He did it independently,…

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Discovery Art for Children with Special Needs: Pinecone Painting

I'm a big believer in the power of discovery art.  Even though our children…

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