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Telina Knight

Cooper's mum

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The quick way to avoid internet scare stories

Recently, I made a decision. Until the end of my pregnancy, I am done with the Internet,…

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Thank you for making me a better person, son

Sometimes with the hustle and bustle of everyday life consisting of school, homework,…

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Parents need armour: even smart people say stupid things about kids with special needs

In my very first blog for Firefly Friends, I discussed an incident involving my husband's…

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Surviving Kindergarten: grades aren’t needed to measure progress in kids with special needs

My son has just over a month left of his first year of “big boy” school,…

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Special needs parenting and pregnancy problems

The woes of becoming a big brother have already hit Cooper. I've had no choice…

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Report card: year one of mainstream school

My son just returned to school from spring break. Spring break! Where in the world…

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Special needs parenting: surviving play dates

Living in a small town makes it pretty difficult to find things to actually do with…

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Five TV Shows Featuring Characters with Special Needs

If you're anything like me, you have a slight addiction to Netflix and television…

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Why a Cruise May Be Your Best Bet for a Stress-free Family Vacation

Ah, family vacations. Holidays are supposed to be a time free of stress and anxiety,…

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Three Tips to Make it Easy to Choose Toys for a Child with Developmental Delays

When my husband and I began seeing specialists concerning Cooper's developmental…

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Toys for Teaching New Skills in Children with Developmental Delays

When we first began the journey of correctly diagnosing Cooper, the possibility that…

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Why You Should Create a Vision Statement for Your Child

I recently read a blog written by a man who created a vision statement for each of…

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Special Needs Toys: Sensory Chew Toys

One of the great things about advancement in technology where our children are concerned…

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When Kids with Special Needs Get Hurt

Last Thursday morning, I received an unexpected call from Coop's school--it was…

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Ending the Stigma: Why We Should Never Stop Advocating for Our Children

Let's be real for a moment: there's still a huge stigma surrounding people…

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Surviving Kindergarten: Understanding Dyslexia

Whew! We’re only three weeks into the new semester and I can already tell this…

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Ponytails, The R-Word, and Other Things That Affect Our Children’s Self-Esteem

Yesterday, my son, who has beautiful, wavy blond hair that we have kept long and…

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Surviving Kindergarten: homework is a whole new headache

As we feared with the start of this new semester that came with a promise from his…

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Every parent of a child with a disability needs a break now and then

This past weekend, I went on a mini girls-trip to Nashville to see one of my favorite…

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Preeclampsia: What It Means and the Steps to Take to Prevent It

I’ve decided to share a little information about preeclampsia—the condition…

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I had no idea service dogs helped with other disabilities

Seeing-eye dogs are among the first pets trained to help a person with a disability…

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Pregnancy problems of a special needs parent

I am writing this from my spot on the couch in the living room and I couldn’t…

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Preparing My Child for Big Life Changes

It’s safe to say BIG changes are coming my son’s way, and fast.

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Surviving Kindergarten: Special Needs and a Model Citizen

Remember when I mentioned last week that Cooper was receiving an award at school?…

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Don’t Call My Kid Dumb

One thing I absolutely hate hearing is “What’s wrong with your kid and…

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I’m Pregnant Again - Surely It Will be Okay this Time?

As I am writing this, I am lying in a hospital bed hooked up to an IV pumping me…

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How to Help Your Special Needs Child Cope When YOU Are in the Hospital

  Most of the time, we’re worrying about how our kids will cope when they…

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Tips for Beating Your Child’s Cabin Fever

Brrrr!! These frigid temps we’re experiencing here in the United States are…

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Surviving Kindergarten: A New Semester

Whew! Finally the holidays are over and everyone has returned to their regularly…

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Tips for Getting Your Child Back into Routine After the Holidays

The most wonderful time of year has come and passed and it’s finally time to…

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