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Jessica Rivera

I'm Jessica, a stay-at-home Mom of two awesome boys. My eldest son is Casey, his younger brother Matthew has a rare genetic disorder. He has a delay in gross motor skills and we are learning together everyday.

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“I’m Sorry for becoming an Introvert” - Raising a Child with Special Needs

To my friends and family, I would like to apologize for becoming more and more of…

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The Footsteps that Changed It All - Raising a Child with a Disability

My son Matthew attends classroom based therapy at a local school and at least once…

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Learning to Love the Pool - Raising Children with Disabilities

I have 4 year old son we call CJ (Casey) and since the age of about 7 months old…

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Dog Days of Summer: Raising Children with Disabilities

Summer time is quickly approaching and for the people here in Pennsylvania we know…

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Munchausen or Not? Raising Children with Disabilities

When I was in college I wrote several research papers on Munchausen by proxy and…

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Could this be PTSD? Trauma and Special Needs Parenting

I have read about post traumatic stress disorder many times in the news.   I…

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Classroom Therapy is Not As Scary As I Thought

If you would have talked to me last December about Matthew transitioning from…

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Sometimes You Gotta Laugh: Special Needs Parenting

I am the mother of two boys under the age of 5, one of whom has special needs and…

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Why you shouldn’t freak out about putting junior on the school bus

If you would have talked to me this past December about Matthew transitioning from…

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Special needs parenting: prepare for the great outdoors

With warmer weather returning to our neck of the woods it means lots of picnics and…

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Special needs parenting: packing up and moving on

My husband and I bought our first home five years ago this April and when we moved…

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Respect is the golden rule of disabilities

In today’s world I have come to find that nothing spreads information faster…

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Focusing on the ‘Other’ Kids - Raising a Child with a Disability

When my son Matthew started to attend school for his OT and PT three days a week…

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Hearing our son speak would transform our world

Matthew is my youngest son and he has special needs due to a genetic disorder. …

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Dealing with appointment after appointment

When my son Matthew was four months old I began to notice that there was something…

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My Son has a Nanny called ‘Brutus’ - Raising Children with Disabilities

A few years ago while I was out searching for my wedding gown my husband decided…

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My son’s need to go to school matters more than traffic

My son Matthew started attending school a few weeks ago to begin his classroom-based…

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A clever technique for toothbrushing with “chewers”

I know I have mentioned in previous blogs that my son Matthew is a “chewer”…

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Special Needs Discipline: Daddy’s Time to Shine

In our house my husband is known as the enforcer of rules and disciplining. Maybe…

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The Trick That Taught my Son with Special Needs To Use a Fork

When you have a baby, whether the child has special needs or not, there are certain…

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Dear Sensory Issues, I Hate You

The snow days have begun here in frosty Pennsylvania and I for one love it. …

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How to Find the Simplest Solutions to Special Needs Parenting Problems

In high school the teacher that had the greatest impact on me had a great philosophy…

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An Unforgettable ‘Parent Moment’

  The holiday season of 2014 came in like a storm leaving behind the overflowing…

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“Dear Outraged Onlooker, I Know It’s Cold, But You Try Keeping Clothes on This Kid”

I am writing an open letter to the people in our town. 

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How Not to React When You Ask Me How My Special Needs Child is Doing

The holiday season has begun and in the words of a famous song, it’s the most…

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To Best Friends - The Special Needs Parent’s Secret Weapon

Raising a special needs child can require a whole team of players.  Usually…

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How I’m Learning to Trust Other People Caring for My Son

For months I was dreading the meeting with my son’s new team of PT and OT therapists. …

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We Have Had Scary Days, But Even They Pass Too Quickly

Matthew will be turning 3 in just a few weeks and I’m completely in denial…

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Hunting the Perfect Gift for my Chew-tastic Son

The search for the ultimate Christmas present is on, and it going to help me embrace…

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Sensory Issues Vs Christmas Tree

Well it’s December and so my husband and I knew we had another difficult decision…

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