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How Autism Teaches Us About Being Human

How Autism Teaches Us About Being Human

In the spring of 1981 my son, Tariq, stopped speaking and started pacing, spinning, and flapping. We now call these some of the “Red Flags” of …

Special Needs of Those Who Care for Special Needs

Special Needs of Those Who Care for Special Needs

Do you know someone who is a full time caregiver to someone with special needs? It can be someone’s child, spouse, parent, sibling or friend. It …

The Naked Truth About Love and Sex

The Naked Truth About Love and Sex

To have love and sex be many splendored, it matters who you are – your expectations and most importantly, your own personal development. When you …

Why Do Special Needs and Other Parents Seldom Talk With Each Other?

Why Do Special Needs and Other Parents Seldom Talk With Each Other?

Besides a general motivation to do the best for one’s child, there seem to be vast differences in daily life priorities, tasks, awareness and …

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Divorce

The Devil in the Parenting Plan

The Devil in the Parenting Plan

Parents often try very hard in mediation to negotiate a fair parenting plan that acknowledges their children need both parents in their lives. But sometimes things go wrong in the execution. The devil in this case …

Navigating Life Amidst Uncertainty of Divorce

Navigating Life Amidst Uncertainty of Divorce

As a recently divorced mother of two, my life feels a bit disorienting. In going from “we” to “me,” I am realizing that not only has my relationship status changed, but so has every factor of my life: my living …

What NOT to Say to Your Divorcing Friends

What NOT to Say to Your Divorcing Friends

Seeing friends get divorced can be a disorienting experience, no matter what the circumstances. Suddenly, the unified couple you once knew becomes two individuals, often with different stories, perspectives and needs …

20 Useful Tips When Getting Divorced

20 Useful Tips When Getting Divorced

There are few, if any, who stand at the back of the church and think, “well, if it doesn’t work out, we’ll get divorced!” There is painstaking care taken with every detail of the wedding day from the dress, …

College Planning and Divorce

College Planning and Divorce

As a college funding consultant, I often work with families who have been through a divorce or separation. This brings up a host of additional planning issues. What I have noticed too frequently is that little …

Why YOU are the Solution to your Divorce

Why YOU are the Solution to your Divorce

This quote by Jim Rohn inserted in the above cartoon gave me a lot to ponder as a recent divorcee myself and a Certified Divorce Coach. It speaks to the underlying truth I have found in my own process, and in …

Health

Talking to the Patient

Talking to the Patient

“Hey Doc! Talk to Me. I’m the Patient!” A few weeks ago, I accompanied my elderly friend Miriam to the hospital. She called me complaining of severe dizziness, nausea and feeling very unsteady. After …

Healthcare Uncertainty

Healthcare Uncertainty

Ever feel like you’re walking on eggshells, or feel like someone may rip the carpet right out from under your feet? Lots of times, right? Thousands of Americans are feeling that right now. With the recent polarizing …

Overlooked and Underestimated: The Importance of Senior Feet

Overlooked and Underestimated: The Importance of Senior Feet

Feet; we tend to not think about them – they are not particularly pretty, they are way opposite the body from the parts we tend to concern ourselves with, and they are largely just big hard knobs that we use to get …

After Holiday Blues

After Holiday Blues

The tree, the packages, the wrappings, the dishes that still need to be put away, and the people gone. Gone with them are the recent memories created. Gone with them, the times and the ghosts of those kept alive by the …

Living With A Partner Suffering From PTSD – How To Be Helpful?

Living With A Partner Suffering From PTSD – How To Be Helpful?

A person who suffers from PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder has a hard time trusting others, opening up about the incident and their feelings and even communicating. They usually struggle with a constant sense of …

Tips For Living With Hearing Loss

Tips For Living With Hearing Loss

Whether you’re the person with diminished hearing or the family member of, you may have established some default habits that work against both of you . In April 2016 my article “Why Is There a Stigma About Using …

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