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Inner spark

        “…if you fuel a child’s innate spark,it will always point the way to far greater heights than you could ever have imagined.”   This line is part of the conclusion of The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius written by Kristine Barnett about her autistic son, Jake. The book, which … Continue reading

Label my child – if you must

When I talk to someone I’ve just met about Deane, I don’t use the phrase cerebral palsy. In fact, unless it is important, I don’t even mention that he is disabled. This has led to some awkward situations, but I’m willing to risk that to avoid labelling Deane. I’m afraid that if I say “My … Continue reading

Blame game

People, especially children, will ask why can’ t Deane walk, why doesn’t he speak. Usually I say it is because his muscles aren’t as strong as other people’s. But that’s not really what they want to know. The real “Why?” is why did it happen? What went wrong? One of the hardest things for most … Continue reading