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A New School Year Letter to My Helpers

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As we embark on a new school year, Kyle introduces himself to his first grade school helpers. Dear School Helpers, My name is Kyle and I am 6 years old. My mom Katie is typing my new school year letter for me because my keyboarding and vocabulary skills are still “in progress.” I was sad to leave kindergarten, but I… Read more »

Let’s talk about ADHD (a letter to my teen-aged self)

You’re not an airhead, space cadet, or dumb blonde. You have ADHD.  Dear Teenage Katie, Lately you have been starting to believe the joking jabs from your peers and even adults in your life, but I am here to tell you that you are neither a “space cadet” nor a “dumb blonde,” despite your hair color and all of the… Read more »

Our annual reality check

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It takes some getting used to, and in all honesty, I am still working on it: coordinating my expectations with Kyle’s developmental timeline. As Kyle is the third of four kids, I have a general idea of when to expect skills to emerge for a typical kid. Up until about 5 months, Kyle seemed to be right on track. But… Read more »

The aftermath of Down syndrome abortion

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The emotional aftermath of abortion is becoming a worldwide epidemic. Although most of the women who endure abortion are suffering in silence, many find comfort by sharing their grief with others in online public, anonymous forums. I focus a lot on the Down syndrome-related aspects of why I believe babies with Down syndrome should not be terminated. However, in taking… Read more »

Drawing the Line (the reality of The Eradication)

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My fictional story The Eradication is closer to reality than you might think. Scientists have discovered a genetic mutation that leads to the development of autism. Less than two weeks ago, a study was released that shows a different genetic mutation plus lead exposure (found in everything from toys to vacuum cleaner cords) increases the chances of a child developing… Read more »

Decorating the Christmas tree

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Ever since my son could pull to stand we’ve needed a gate around our Christmas tree to minimize ornament grabbing and tree pulling. It was effective the first and (maybe) second years at most. After that, the tree gate became more of an enticing challenge and receptacle for tossed toys. Last Christmas, the tree enclosure served as a minimal deterrent…. Read more »