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!