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Melissa Schlemmer

I’m a mother of three amazing boys, a memory maker, a blogger, and an advocate for children with special needs. Our youngest son has a rare metabolic condition, PMM2-CDG. Navigating this new journey is filled with questions, doubt, anxiety, and most of all love. I believe our son’s story deserves to be told and want to give insight into our lives to spread more understanding and compassion.

@schlem1melissa http://www.thespecialmom.com

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In the Event of an Emergency

As a parent of a child with extraordinary needs, my list of worries can oftentimes…

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My Non-Verbal Son Can Communicate

Our son is four years old and nonverbal. He does not speak, but he has a lot to say.

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Global Developmental Delay

Our son is diagnosed with global developmental delay.

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Special Needs Families: Brothers

I recently witnessed my 6 year old sticking his tongue out at his almost 4 year old…

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Why special needs mums don’t make good friends!

I recently read an article where the writer was a mom of young kids and her life…

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4 things I’m giving up in the New Year as a Mom of a child with significant needs

2017 will be the year I give up the following 4 things...

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Kids with disabilities: ‘I just know he will!’

The questions have begun. Our 6 year old has never once asked about the special needs…

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New rule - No Comparing: Special Needs Parenting

I vividly remember a conversation I had with a friend when our son started physical…

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When mentions of the future make my heart ache…

The other day I was at lunch with my two boys and my nephew. The older two were chatting…

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Sorry I was late, I didn’t want to come

I saw a T Shirt the other day that said “sorry I was late, I didn’t want…

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Mount Everest to a child with special needs

We had a follow up appointment with our son's neurologist recently.

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Bittersweet Birthdays of a Kid with Special Needs

Being a parent of a special needs child I have learned that birthdays have deeper…

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“Doctor, Please Just Let Us Try” - Raising a Child with a Disability

As a parent of a child with extraordinary needs the one thing I would like to tell…

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“God Only Gives You What You Can Handle”, Apparently!

People often say this when they don’t know what else to say.

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“I Wish I Could be a Better Friend Than I Have Been” - Raising a Child with a Disability

The other day something happened to me that I took very personal. I felt that I was…

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