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Check out my books on special education advocacy and sensory processing—plus a new one on inclusion by my co-podcaster Nicole Eredics.


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A message for those who look but don’t see. | By Kristina Smith Blizzard

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the mother of a child with special needs tries to keep things in perspective. | By Sharon Dufrene

A sports writer salutes his MVP. | By Mark Dewar

The things we take for granted. | By Amy Krause

For some kids, "trying and seeing" is like tightrope walking without a net. | By Stephanie Mullins

Celebrating the little and big things kids bring. | By Chrystal Ziliotto

A poem about children with hidden disabilities. | By Kathy Winters

A mother's challenge. | By Dee O'Neill

A great read for parents of older Eastern European adoptees and their children. | By Nancy Dynes

A mother's reaction to child abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston.

A mom of 18 tells all. | By Mary-Jo Jackson

Adoption books for kids. | By Mary Robertson

Book Excerpts:

Excerpt from Eating with Your Anorexic: How My Child Recovered Through Family-Based Treatment and Yours Can Too by Laura Collins

Excerpt from Cross Cultural Adoption: How To Answer Questions from Family, Friends & Community by Amy Coughlin and Caryn Abramowitz

Excerpt from FBI Girl by Maura Conlon-McIvor

An excerpt from The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption by Karen J. Foli, Ph.D., and John R. Thompson, M.D.

Excerpt from Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism by Paul Collins

Excerpts from Love, Jean: Inspiration for Families Living With Dysfunction of Sensory Integration by A. Jean Ayres, Philip Erwin and Zoe Mailloux

Excerpt from Little People: Learning to See the World Through My Daughter's Eyes by Dan Kennedy

[Can't read that fast? Go to Love Notes for Special Parents for the full text of these inspirational notes, written and designed by Terri Mauro]