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A Day in the Life of an Angel

First, she got her socks and shoes. Then her hat, Talker, and my pocketbook. When she handed her father the car keys, we knew she meant business. Maybe she’s stir crazy, or maybe she had something specific in mind to shop for, like ice cream? It could…

3 Ways to Make Early Intervention a Great Experience

Early intervention efforts for my 11-year-old daughter, Juliana, who has Angelman syndrome, were not greeted warmly in my house. I can admit that now. These early intervention services included in-home therapy and pre-K programs for babies and toddlers with special needs. The fact that I didn’t previously understand the process…

How Caregiving Can Be Balanced With Everyday Living

Managing caregiving with daily living is truly a balancing act. There are personal responsibilities that must be met in addition to managing the details and care of another person. Another me to do the laundry In an ideal world, I would have a clone. My clone would handle all the…

When Angels Help

Alert the media! Not only did our angel get dressed independently this morning but she also put the lid back on the Play-Doh! For years, Jessie left a trail wherever she went, just like in the movies, except that her trails originated from the bedroom out. She runs down the…

Overcoming the Challenge of Caregiver Isolation

Isolation for caregivers can be a real thing. However, I apply my glass-half-full observations to help me battle this unwanted occurrence. Limited interaction or activities outside a caregiver’s immediate home can certainly lead to isolation. Managing regular activities may be difficult, so some caregivers and their families may choose to…