_i_have_Special_needs_picWe're Signe and Elizabeth, two sisters with special needs families.  Our kids have issues, so do our parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles - all the way up the family tree. For a long time we marveled at how the special needs skipped us, but at some point we realized that we had issues too.  We try to balance our children's special needs with their typical kids' wants, with varying results. We all have our good days and not so good days, and a few worthy of a "Cops" episode. But we keep going, and we keep writing.

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    In honor of Autism Month, I have put together a few observations that I would have liked tattooed on my arm a decade ago, when our kids started averaging a new diagnosis every week.  Our children are now ages 13, 11, and 9 and life is much easier than it was back then. Though we still struggle with balancing their autism, autoimmune and attention needs with their typical kids’ wants and dreams, we are a normal family. A typical, slightly annoying, committed, loving family.          
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    I lost Roger again.  But after he was found, I had forgotten all about it until Roger told his father, “Don’t worry Dad, Mommy finally found me.”  Maybe some parents would be upset, or at the very least freaked out a bit, but Roger has a form of autism, and losing him was just a natural part of parenting him.    
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   We grew up in the country 15 miles east of Bismarck, North Dakota.  We didn't get to town much, so then, as now, we were each other's best friends.