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I was talking to a new friend last week.  She was asking me some questions about Elizabeth because she has some strong feelings that her child has special needs.  She feels he may have Dyspraxia, like Elizabeth.

During our talk, she asked me about the difficulty we had teaching Elizabeth to use utensils to eat.  I told her that it was a struggle.

With Elizabeth’s special needs of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Dyspraxia, there were many layers to penetrate as we tried to teach this skill.  I told her I can remember how deftly she could feed herself with her fingers and how much harder it was for her to manipulate a spoon or fork.

This struggle would, of course, increase her anxiety and frustration.  And this would lead to many emotions.  None of which made the meal time the calm place we all wanted it to be. Read the rest of this entry »

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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.

mothers day

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.

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