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Jodi Shenal

I am a stay at home mom, passionate about advocating for my children, raising community awareness and writing. I have a beautiful daughter with a rare chromosome deletion and an amazing son on on the Autism Spectrum.

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The Kindness of Strangers

In today’s world, an act of kindness is appreciated now more than ever.

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Special Needs Parenting: Summer is Overrated

SUMMER…A season of sunshine, relaxation and family outings.

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Special Needs Parenting: If she could tell us when she hurts

Some days are easier than others to navigate through, when you have a nonverbal child.  

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Special Needs Parenting: Never say never

When I was younger, looking back, I was oblivious to many things.  

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Will we Ever be Out of the Woods?

Once you’ve been through a frightening, challenging experience, you feel an…

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The Heart of a Special Needs Dad

A father is defined as “a man who exercises paternal care over other persons;…

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Autism Awareness Everyday

April signifies Autism Awareness Month.  When you’re a parent of a child…

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The Future of Us

It amazes me that of all places, pivotal, life affirming moments continue to find…

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I’m Not Ranting, but Please Stop Using That Word

I know many people feel like they’ve been bombarded with blog posts and articles…

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Surgery and Second Opinions

When your child needs an operation, the anxiety and fear can be crushing.  

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Where is my Instruction Manual?

When your first child is born, you are not given an instruction manual.

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Surgery and Second Opinions

When your child needs an operation, the anxiety and fear can be crushing.  Even…

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On Your Birthday

On your birthday, my beautiful girl, you are turning six years old. How the time…

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Feeding Your Child “Real” Food, on a Pureed Diet

Mealtime can be tricky for parents of any five year old.  

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Exercise – Vital for the Child with Autism, and his Mom

When a child seems to be propelled by a motor; always running, completing schoolwork…

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The Wonders of CBD Oil

Methylphenidates, Amphetamines, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.  These…

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Dear Seizures, I Hate You

You are an uninvited guest that always shows up unexpectedly.  When our lives…

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Homeschool, the Spectrum and Maintaining Sanity

When the typical middle school experience is extra challenging for your not-so-typical…

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The Outsider

I have never really considered myself a social butterfly.  Smaller groups of…

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Travelling Abroad with Special Needs

For many families preparing for summer vacations, the internet can be a vital tool…

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Enough is Enough, No More Meds

In a world where medications are overly prescribed for children, many doctors tend…

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The Sisterhood

A trip to the grocery store normally doesn’t bring about a life affirming moment. …

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Reptiles and Minecraft: The Things Autism Parents Learn to Love

High Functioning Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Asperger’s Syndrome…

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Living for the Little Things

I am not the mom applauding for her daughter at the dance recital.  I am not…

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Thank you for your insight into my child’s feeding issues

“She’ll eat when she’s hungry enough.”   “She’s…

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When We Found “US” Again at a Pearl Jam Concert

Therapies. Specialist appointments. Countless trips to the pharmacy and…

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The Beauty of Inclusion

Inclusion is defined as “the action or state of including or of being included…

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Words that Doctors Should Never Say

“Your baby will likely be incompatible with life.”  “Her heart…

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The Constant Fight of an Autism Mom

As special needs parents, we often feel like we’re in a boxing ring. …

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In Disability, We Find Strength and Abilities

Strength is something you may not believe that you possess, until something turns…

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