Category Archives: Autism

How the Littlest Things Make the Biggest Impact

The oldest adage still rings true today—it’s the little things that help differentiate one thing from another, and when you have a family member with special needs, it’s the little things, like the way that strangers interact with our family in public, that can make the biggest impact. For instance,… Read more »

Surprised by Generosity

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Take a trip back in time with me to late November/December 2012. I remember deciding to stop for a little treat at my favorite yogurt shop and I was enjoying a birthday cake cup with hot fudge and a lot of berries (ya know, because that makes it healthy) when… Read more »

Diary of a special needs mom: The Realities of Planning the Perfect, Relaxing Vacation


The following narrative blends stories from our real Abram’s Bed families to fictionally capture the trials and successes we experience as special needs families. None of the names or situations is meant to resemble a specific reality, but the universal difficulties are intended to enlighten and endear.  Planning a vacation… Read more »

To Grandmother’s House We Go: Traveling for the Holidays with Special Needs


Almost one third of Americans will travel for the holidays, many of them to visit family. These trips can seem a little daunting for special needs families, but it can be done. Here are some tips to help make your holiday travels easier.

UBE3A & Mutation: How This One Gene Mutation Can Lead to Autism


There are over one thousand different gene mutations that can lead to autism, and for a long time all researchers could do was catalog the mutations without knowing how they caused autism. Recently, a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine in Chapel Hill… Read more »

New Innovative Products to Keep Children Safe from Wandering

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49% of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are prone to wandering. Fortunately, people are becoming more and more aware of wandering, and it’s become easier than ever to find products that are specially made to help prevent wandering or keep children safe. Here are some of the most innovative products… Read more »