Author Archives: Sabrina Johnson

When a Big Win Blossoms From a Little Shopping Trip

Taking my 11-year-old Angel, Juliana to the store with me is a trip that always has the potential to lead to an unexpected or unwelcome adventure. However, I received a pleasant surprise when we headed to the store on a recent hot summer day. We made it through the entire…

Staycations Beat Vacations for Easing Caregiver Stress

When raising a child with Angelman syndrome, life can be stressful. Taking vacations to ease that stress can sometimes have the opposite effect. Although my family doesn’t have picture-perfect exotic getaways, we do have a plan for relaxing that works for us. We don’t take a lot of vacations,…

Labels Speak for My Angel When She Can’t Chime In

Because many Angels are considered nonverbal, it is important for parents to get creative to help them communicate. My 11-year-old daughter, Juliana, is beginning to use her talker to communicate, but it will take some time. Through the years, I have relied on labels, notes, and even…

Proof Positive That Angels Can Benefit From Homework

Practice and repetition are important factors in helping Angels learn. My 11-year-old Angel, Juliana, completes Mom-appointed homework to reinforce what she learns at school. Homework also makes a strong connection between school and home. The idea for homework for Juliana came from my 10-year-old daughter, Jessa. Jessa is a fifth-grader…