Elena and Bill, married for 14 years, were ecstatic to get the news they were pregnant. When Pierce, born August 3, 2003 was diagnosed with Down syndrome they did what most couples do; they dug their heels
I think, without knowing it, I set up how I wanted to embrace the joys of this new life of parenting kids with special needs before the sadness.
First smile, first steps, first word: Parents eagerly await their babies’ milestones and celebrate each one. My family is no different. We celebrated recently when my youngest son, Lewis, got his first tooth. The celebration was sweeter
I think a lot of us assume that “regular” people can’t really make an impact anymore. The idea of “grassroots movements” can sometimes be written off as idealistic, impotent or inconsequential. That’s why I want to shine
It’s not easy being the brother or sister of an autistic child. “Typical” siblings sometimes feel embarrassed by or responsible for their autistic sib, or may feel jealous of all the attention he gets. Now researchers have
Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine have uncovered more evidence of a genetic basis for autism. Reviewing surveys collected from more than 1,000 families with autistic kids, they discovered that siblings of autistic children who
Brandon Corder excitedly runs up the front porch steps to get to the kitchen to enjoy an afterschool snack of soup, cookies and ice cream and talk about his day with his family. Gathering around his siblings