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Erika Fässler-Nelson

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We have milestones too: welcome to special needs parenting school

Somedays when I feel like I’ve really been put to the test and passed on to…

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“Dear illegal parker…”

I have a square, blue card in the window of my minivan that is boldly imprinted…

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Help! My special needs child has to get glasses

In the world of special needs parenting, the necessity of your child requiring glasses…

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Special needs parenting: a ‘thank you’ to teachers and therapists

‘Bravo Mia!’ These are the words that guide me down the hall to Mia’s…

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Special needs vacation planning 101

As a young adult, I traveled throughout Europe with only a small backpack to my name.…

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Special needs parenting: growing into the parents we were meant to be

When we received Mia’s diagnosis over four years ago, they couldn’t tell…

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Rare conditions are an all-too-common story

I stepped out of the paediatric intensive care unit for a breath of fresh air.

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Confessions of a Therapy Equipment Junkie

I know it sounds funny, but I’m going to admit something. Hi, my name is Erika…

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I will blenderize anything once

The other day a little boy in Mia’s play group observed Mia eating her afternoon…

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MT: the forgotten therapy

Our calendar is a colourful mix of codes. PT, physical therapy; OT, occupational…

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How to Choose a New Paediatrician - Raising a Child with Special Needs

The first time I had to ‘fire’ a care giver for Mia, was the hardest.…

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Three Ways to Handle Unsolicited Advice from the ‘Grandma Club’

From the moment that it became apparent that I was pregnant with Mia, I noticed that…

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Stop Freaking Out, It’s Just Her Feeding Tube - Raising Children with Special Needs

You may have seen us in the cafe, in the park, or in a restaurant. No matter the…

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The awkward moment your child points at mine: how to turn awkwardness into positivity

Yes, I saw the look of horror on your face as we rolled our adaptive stroller into…

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One-sided conversations with my non-verbal child

If you were to see me out and about with Mia, you’d think we were having a…

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Finding a balance between ‘mainstream mommy’ and the ‘therapy mom’

When Mia was a baby, I went with her to baby swim, took her to the local mommy cafe,…

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Childhood illness strikes, and why it makes me happy

As a special needs parent, I strive for normalcy—whatever ‘normal’…

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The Secret Weapon Every Special Needs Parent Must Carry

I have a pair of imaginary, hot pink boxing gloves that I carry in my purse. They…

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