Sabrina L. Johnson,  —

Sabrina wears hats as a wife, special needs mom, educator, freelance writer, and HR professional. Baking, reading, and gardening are her fun hats. When her daughter Juliana was diagnosed with AS, Sabrina searched for the right inspirational content. Not finding the positivity she craved, she began writing uplifting stories on her blog, Juliana’s Journal. Writing led to advocacy, speaking, and the e-book “Forward: First Steps on a Path to a Special Needs Life.” Sabrina writes to show that a life with challenges can still be viewed as a glass half full.

Articles by Sabrina L. Johnson

Communicating With My Angel Is a Trial-and-Error Process

Parents of children with Angelman syndrome occasionally may face behavior that is challenging to control or understand. Our 12-year-old Angel, Juliana, can spiral out of control in a matter of minutes. This behavior might include anxiety in the form of irritability and crying. Sometimes, it takes extra effort to communicate…

May Brings Mayhem for This Angel Mom

Our 12-year-old Angel, Juliana, is finishing her last year of elementary school. That means our already eventful month of May has kicked up a notch. There have been some different end-of-year activities for this precious milestone. I know these events should be fun, but even fun can bring added…

I’m Winning the War on Angelman-related Paperwork

Since our 12-year-old Angel, Juliana, was diagnosed with Angelman syndrome (AS), the paper in our house seems to have tripled. There is so much documentation involved in raising a child with special needs. These documents range from evaluations to individualized education programs (IEPs) to progress reports. To keep it…

An Easter Curveball That Spins Into a Happy Ending

I’m a big believer in sharing wins and not just challenges. Unfortunately, challenges, conflict, or a shocking headline is what draws attention. In full disclosure, there is no shocking tale here. However, there is a simple story about making the best of things when a curveball comes our way.

Using Naps to Balance My Angel’s Busy Days

Napping is a great tool to balance out the hyperactivity and the extra energy that Angels seem to have. Even a short nap, often referred to as a power nap or a catnap, can make all the difference in improving behavior. Upon first glance, taking naps may seem counterintuitive…

3 Trusted Tricks to Tackle Caregiver Stress

Stress is something special needs parents know all too well. After all, we live it every day. However, that doesn’t mean it has to take control over us all the time. With April being Stress Awareness Month, it’s a good time for us to think about the stressors in our…