Children and Parents

Our Special Lives - Autism

CaféMom introduces the YouTube series Our Special Lives. Each episode features a different family with a special need child and we are able to take a look into their lives, their challenges and their joys.


In the first episode we are introduced to Sydnee Jorgl the mother of 11-year-old twins Jake and Ian. Jake and Ian were around 12 months old when Sydnee started noticing that Ian was not developing as fast as his brother Jake. It was then that Jake was evaluated and diagnosed with Autism.

How Do I Get My Child’s Teacher On Board with His ADHD Diagnosis?

Dear Developmental Doc:

I am feeling so frustrated I don’t know what to do.  The new school semester has just begun and I have a son who is 8 years old and severely impacted by ADHD. Although his teacher is certified in special education, during our very first ‘meet and greet’, she candidly told my husband and me that she does not really believe that ADHD exists. I am fearful that my son will not have a sympathetic ear in the classroom and in fact, may be unfairly penalized for his disorder- Marci M., Los Angeles, CA.

Dear Marci,

Fun and Quick Food Idea for Gluten and Dairy Intolerant Kids

Being gluten and dairy intolerant is not only tough on your child, its tough on you as well. Fun "kid foods" can be a challenge to make, and finding foods that your child will love and the rest of your family can enjoy takes extra time and efford. You often find yourself making a special meal for your food-intolerant child. 


Keeping it healthy and fast

Welcome to the Land Special Needs

Imagine this - you and your child step off a cruise ship and are greeted by a group of people in colourful clothes, holding signs, flowers and balloons.  Some are playing musical instruments.  They shout and sing joyously, “Welcome to the Land of Special Needs!”

They hand you flowers and give you a warm hug.  Your child gets a balloon and joins the small group of children playing games together.  Their laughter fills the air.

What My Degree Taught Me about Autism

In pursuit of a degree you learn many things, some useful, some not so useful. While in pursuit of my degree I learned a great deal about Autism. Autism is a complex developmental disability that is often misunderstood. There are so many misunderstandings and myths out there about Autism that I would like to share with you what my degree taught me about Autism.

Building Baby's Confidence Through Sign Language

When children at an early age experience disappointment in communicating over and over again it significantly affects their confidence. We learn through patterns and repetition. When a child can’t effectively engage in either, it becomes frustrating for the child and the parent. The consequences usually end in the child avoiding social interaction, throwing tantrums, and losing self-confidence.

The Elephant In The Pool

My husband and I and our four kids went to the pool on Saturday.  I love going to the pool with the kids. They use Lance and me as jungle gyms. It helps me to confront my hatred of being touched.  You know, because I'm ALL about confronting things I hate.  But walking around anywhere for us is like walking around with two elephants in tow. Everyone sees them, but no one really wants to talk about them.

Can Schools Hold back America's Brightest?

A Call to Action - The Templeton National Report on Acceleration

7 Strategies Every Parent Can Use to Meet the Needs of their Gifted Child

Having a gifted child can be frustrating and gratifying in equal measures. Gifted children are often a joy to their parents -- bringing home stellar report cards, talking precociously and enthusiastically about a variety of subjects, and receiving loads of praise and recognition from their teachers and other adults. These are the scenarios that often come to mind when one pictures life with a gifted child.

10 Tips for Parents of Gifted Students

Has your child been identified as a gifted student? If so, chances are, you sometimes feel desperate for advice on how to navigate this journey with your son or daughter. While your friends may look on with awe at your child’s achievements and think you have it made, you know the difficulties associated with raising a gifted child. Being a parent of a gifted student comes with its own set of challenges and trials, and it's important to be ready to meet these challenges head on.