20 Best Books about Resilience for Kids and Teens

20 Best Books about Resilience for Kids and Teens

Resilience Books “It is really wonderful how much resilience there is in human nature. Let any obstructing cause, no matter what, be removed in any way, even by death, and we fly back to first principles of hope and enjoyment.” Bram Stoker, Dracula It’s a great quote about resilience, isn’t it? Unfortunately, too many kids…

{Insurance Appeals} How I forced Aetna to pay for my son’s brain surgery.

{Insurance Appeals} How I forced Aetna to pay for my son’s brain surgery.

Insurance Appeals “I just know you’re going to do a blog post about this!” my friend Lisa told me. Yes, I knew I would. After all, any time I learn something that benefitted my child and could potentially help other children, I want to share the information. Particularly when it comes to navigating a difficult…

Can Disabled People Vote? | Disability Voting and Election Resources

Can Disabled People Vote? | Disability Voting and Election Resources

Voting Resources for Disability One great thing that came out of the 2016 election is that more citizens are engaged in the political process. We’re making great progress as a disability voting bloc. However, not all candidates are getting the message. It is being said that some elections have been lost because of a failure…

{Enterovirus} What Parents Need to Know About Types, Symptoms, and Treatment.

{Enterovirus} What Parents Need to Know About Types, Symptoms, and Treatment.

Enterovirus Author’s note: I am updating and publishing this four-year-old post. There are different types of Enterovirus, and parents need to know what to look out for. A type of enterovirus is being suspected in the polio-like cases in western PA and the Midwest. If you have a medically complex or medically fragile child (like…

{Philadelphia Mummers Parade} 3 Stories you won’t See on TV.

{Philadelphia Mummers Parade} 3 Stories you won’t See on TV.

Philadelphia Mummers If you live in Philadelphia, you know what a Mummer is. But if you’re not from around here, you are probably wondering, “what the heck is a Mummer?” I’ll get to that in a minute. I was approached locally to share some of the information about the new Mummers parade route. My response…

The Ultimate Guide to Indoor Playgrounds | Pennsylvania | Delaware | NJ

The Ultimate Guide to Indoor Playgrounds | Pennsylvania | Delaware | NJ

Indoor Playgrounds I don’t know about you, but when we’re stuck inside, I start to go a little stir crazy myself. And so do the kids. Experts say that kids are supposed to get 60 minutes of physical activity every day. In winter with sub-zero temperatures and so much rain, shorter days…60 minutes is hard!…

Let’s go fishing! Youth Fishing Programs for Disabled Children (and not).

Let’s go fishing! Youth Fishing Programs for Disabled Children (and not).

Fishing with Disabilities I grew up in a fishing family. My dad and my brother are both avid fishermen and I married one as well. As a kid, I certainly enjoyed dangling a bobber in the water. As a teen I went on some deep sea trips with my parents and got sea sick. That…

{Sensory Diet} What is it? Should it be on your IEP?

{Sensory Diet} What is it? Should it be on your IEP?

Sensory Diet Example When Kevin was in preschool, he had a fall that required stitches. Looking back, I suspect it may have actually been a seizure fall instead of just a clumsy fall, but it’s just one of those things I didn’t know about seizures, but wish I did. Anyway, so I took him down…