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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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A Perfect World from an Autism Perspective

AUTISM.  A word small word that can have such a tremendous impact on life. With…

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Raising kids with special needs: Sometimes I just want to be Mom

Some days, it is harder than others to make my way through my extensive list of “must…

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Raising Kids with Special Needs: Life isn’t Always a Walk in the Park

Raising a child with developmental and physical disabilities has given me a greater…

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“Your Child Does That Too?” The Bonding of Special Needs Moms

Having a child with disabilities changes the world that you once knew; it erases…

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Adjusting To Our Version of ‘Normal’ - Raising Children with Developmental Disabilities

When your baby reaches certain ages (2 months, 6 months, 9 months, etc.) you are…

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Finding Hope in a Waiting Room - Raising a Child with Special Needs

As a mother of a child with multiple disabilities, moments often arise where I find…

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Daddy’s The One That Makes Her Laugh - Raising Children with Disabilities

There is a quote that says, "A father holds his daughter's hand for a short…

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Need Help Dealing with Big Life Changes? Ask a Special Needs Parent

Change is hard for most people.  Whether you are moving house or adjusting to…

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How One Gift Brought Our Dream a Tiny Step Closer - Raising Children with Disabilities

A random act of kindness brought unimaginable joy to my family last year.  I’ve…

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11 Lessons Learned from a Child with Autism

An Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis can be overwhelming for parents.  Personally,…

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To Our First Physical Therapist, Thank You

Early Intervention is a remarkable thing.  Thanks to an early diagnosis, we…

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What I See When I Look At My Daughter - Raising a Child with Special Needs

Having a daughter with special needs has changed the way I see most things in this…

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When Facebook Friends Become A Lifeline - Raising Kids with Special Needs

If someone would have told me four years ago that some of my closest friends would…

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Wedding Vows Rewritten, Special Needs Parent Style

The vows of marriage are sacred words that are not meant to be taken lightly. …

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Thank You For Treating My Daughter Like A Superstar

Something happened to me today that squeezed my heart so tightly, and left me filled…

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“I’ll Take Care of Her When You Get Too Old” - Raising Children with Disabilties

As parents, we all want to know that our kids will be fine someday without us. …

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She Made Me Better: Special Needs Parenting

When a doctor tells you in your eighth month of pregnancy that your baby will likely…

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He’ll Eat When He’s Ready

By the time our son was three, we were well aware that things were “different.”…

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Her Ballet Slippers

If you were to walk into the living room of my home, you would see things typical…

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