Archives for the month of: May, 2015

mother's day

Most moms will wake up today with a special day in store — breakfast in bed, maybe a homemade card, or a present that was thoughtfully chosen. For a special needs’ mom, the day is wonderful still, of course, but special needs children don’t always understand the sentiment, and the occasion can pass by ignored or misunderstood. And so Mother’s Day is just another day of challenges from the word ‘go.’

And that’s OK, because those moms are exceptional enough to know that every day is special. Their gifts come in different packages, day in and day out. They do whatever it takes to help their children succeed, and when they do, that’s a gift.

Motherhood is challenging for every mom, but being there of a special needs’ kid changes the game entirely. The stress levels a normal mom experiences when their child needs stitches, for example, is how a special needs’ mom may feel all the time! So let’s think about those moms on this day, too and give them some extra love.

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Do you know a special needs mom? Take a moment out of this Mother’s Day weekend to do something sweet for her. Bring a meal, take her to a movie, or give her a day-spa voucher. We communicate with these amazing moms every day, and we’re continuously inspired by their constant dedication. They welcome each new morning and every new battle. So Happy Mother’s Day to every mom out there, but an extra-enthusiastic high-five and Happy Mother’s Day to mothers of kids with special needs!

If a mom you know is struggling to help her child with special needs this Mother’s Day, Special Needs Essentials can help. Our products are educational and therapeutic, with living aids, play to learn, and sensory products that improve motor function and cognitive development, plus we provide daily living assistance.

You can find our top moms’ product picks here, including a weighted turtle blanket, chewable jewelry, an Ergo stylus, and textured building blocks. Let us know how we can help you and your challenges today.

As April ends, it’s a great time to talk about what’s happened thus far during this year’s efforts to light it blue and raise awareness about autism. Here are three cool things that occurred during Autism Awareness Month 2015.

  1. Toni Braxton spoke outtonibraxton

On April 14, Toni Braxton — a seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist and star of Braxton Family Values — spoke out on HLN, the News and Views network, about being the mother of an autistic child. Her son Diezel is 12 now, but Braxton noticed signs of autism when he was a baby, saying that the lack of eye contact and little communication got her attention. In her autobiography, Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir, Braxton confesses that she battled through self-blame for her son’s condition, but eventually realized “there is nothing wrong with our babies, and it’s nothing you’ve done or you could have done differently — it’s just what the situation is.” The memoir, which published almost a year ago, is available on Kindle and hardback here.

  1. The world went bluenyc

From Barcelona to New York, NY to Himeji, Japan, the world showed a staggering amount of support by going blue for World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. In Spain, La Basilica de la Sagrada Familia was lit a beautiful hue of blue, while the same was true as far as Japan’s Himeji Castle, The Great Sphinx and Great Pyramids of Giza, China Millennium Monument, and the Taipei 101 Tower. Here in the States, the Empire State Building, Helmsley Building, One World Trade Center, and 30 Rockerfeller Center shined a light on autism for the whole of Manhattan to see. All in all, over 16,000 buildings went blue to bring awareness to autism.

  1. Autistic boy gets a visit and a robotic arm from the Blue Man Groupblue man group

Wyatt is a 12-year-old boy who not only developed autism, he was also born needing an amputation. In his parents’ search for solutions to help Wyatt communicate better, they discovered Limbitless, an organization that uses 3D-printing technology to change lives. As a fan of the Blue Man Group, Wyatt was pretty excited when they presented him with a Limbitless robotic arm last week. Decorated in splattered blue paint, the arm was delivered to Wyatt by his favorite music group on April 3 at Universal Studios Orlando, where he got to go backstage, play with the instruments, and have lunch with the cast before returning home with his brand new arm.

What did you do to show your support during Autism Awareness Month?

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