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By Michelle K. Wolf

July 7, 2011 | 9:13 pm

For the past two weeks, our household has been strangely different – no puzzle pieces or Lego toys strewn around on the floor and poking up from the sofa, no strains of the “Macarena”... read on

  • Tracy Morgan and Attention-Getting Behavior

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 30, 2011 | 12:47 am

    As a parent of a child with special needs, we have been warned by many behavioral experts about not giving into “attention getting behavior
    such as when Danny takes off his seat belt in the car or purposely spills an ice-cold drink at the table. The typical parental reaction,... read on

  • A Friend Indeed

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 23, 2011 | 11:39 pm

    Support for families raising a child with special needs can take many forms.

    When Danny was around 3 years old and we realized that his “developmental delays” weren’t temporary, we began to more actively seek out help and advice. A family we had known for years with a... read on

  • Special Dads

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 16, 2011 | 11:48 pm

    Last night I attended the “Father of the Year” 2011 Awards dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel which benefited the American Diabetes Association, and was deeply moved by the videos, tributes and speeches of the three honorees. One of the honorees was Dr. Kevin B. Kaiserman, a... read on

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  • The nightmares of reality

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 10, 2011 | 12:21 am

    I don’t spend much time worrying about vampires, mutant aliens or even earthquakes (okay maybe a little) but the fear monster that lurks in the back of my head is: will someone else ever be able to take care of our teenage son Danny with multiple disabilities as well as we do?

    ... read on
  • What if you had to prove your child was intelligent?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 2, 2011 | 9:43 pm

    In the Jewish community, there’s a certain jockeying among parents (at least among the moms) about whose kid spoke first, or who said the longest sentence, or who asked the best question. And while an early verbal ability often equates to high intelligence, what about the kids who... read on

  • How the “F-word” can trump the “R-word”

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 26, 2011 | 11:23 pm

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, than one video (or two) must be worth even more. This week, I watched two short videos (yes, the links are coming) on the subject of how people perceive people with special needs.

    The first was a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) produced... read on

  • Pinch Me: We are hearing HaTikvah in the White House

    By Sally Weber and Michelle K. Wolf

    May 20, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    Michelle: The email invitation came on Friday, May 6th while I was at the pool for Danny’s weekly swim lesson. As I watched him laughing and kicking around with his long-time swim instructor, I read over the text a few times. It read: ”Attached is an invitation from President and... read on

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