Sunday, November 28, 2010

You Might Be a Special Needs Parent if....

Lately, I've been doing some thinking on what makes those of us with special needs children just a little different from parents of typical children.

Here goes....

You Might Be a Special Needs Parent if....

  • you send Christmas cards to at least three therapists.
  • you speak in abbreviations that no one without a special needs child understands.
  • you have a lock on your pantry door.
  • you know what xanthan gum and hemp milk is.
  • your child's keepsakes include lots of evaluations, medical records, and hospital bracelets.
  • your babysitter is studying to be a therapist or a nurse.
  • you scoff at the age suggestions on toys.
  • you use the internet for research more than anything else.
  • your kitchen counter is lined with vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements.
  • your refrigerator is full of gluten-free flours.
  • the first place you visit in a bookstore is the special needs parenting section.
  • you know what the abbreviations IEP, ARD, ABA, BCBA, PPCD, PDD-NOS, and ECI mean.
  • you know which of your child's arms is a better blood draw.
  • you choose a restaurant based on whether or not they have a gluten-free menu.
  • the word "normal" has become a relative term in your family.
  • you know what a blessing each developmental milestone is.
  • you have learned the true meaning of unconditional love.
These are just a few that came to my mind.  

I'd love to hear more so leave a comment and add to the list!


  1. Been there, done that....every day : ) And God is faithful. Thanks for sharing. Your blog always makes me smile.

  2. When blood draws and hospital bracelets come in to the picture, it breaks my heart. She's been through a lot, which means you've been through hades.

  3. Some days are hades, most days are heaven!

    Misty, hope your family's doing great!


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