Monthly Archives

July 2010


Siblings Play, Paint & Heal at Leawood Nonprofit

| By Kara Cowie | Annie Seal has seen the soothing effect a crayon or paint brush can have on a child, the way a cuddling puppy can calm even the most fragile of nerves. As director of children’s programs and services at Turning Point, The Center for Hope and Healing in Leawood, Seal oversees a variety of free educational and therapeutic opportunities for

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The story of how one family found a community of support.

| Sean Egan | Stephanie Myers halts the chaos of “another day,” by briefly pausing during the demands of a schedule consumed by her enduring commitment to her 2 year-old, Brayden. Hers is a lifelong commitment to her loving family, a solemn oath to everyone in it, a selfless promise to tirelessly pursue her young son’s health. Stephanie inhales deeply and, unflinching, exhales the emotionally-rich

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An Iep Primer

Experts and Expertise | By Susan Fotovich McCabe | Parents who send a child with special needs off to school for the first time may find they need their own crash course in special education law. At issue is the child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), a written statement of the child’s academic and functional goals each school year. Often overwhelming at first, this document

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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kara Cowie 816-813-2350 karacowie@gmail.com GRAIN VALLEY MOM LAUNCHES NEW MAGAZINE – PARENTING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS First issue going to 20,000 area families through schools, hospitals,  businesses and more. (Kansas City, Mo.) Monday, June 21, 2010 – Stephanie Myers of Grain Valley knows firsthand the joys – and challenges – of parenting a child with special needs. Her 2-year-old son

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Letter From The Editor

In researching for this publication, I came across countless stories of children with special needs from across the globe. Told through the eyes of their parents with such eloquence, one could not help but to identify with their every emotion. The stories relayed the highlights of the life changing moments, the infinite number of seemingly innocuous choices, and major, strategized, life-changing decisions that lead

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How Do I Get OFF this Ride?!

Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster of Diagnosis Up and down, around and around, out of control and going wayyy too fast. That’s how some parents describe how they felt when swirling around in the medical maelstrom that follows a child’s diagnosis of cystic fibrosis or another serious medical issue. That’s how I felt when my son was born via caesarian section and whisked away into

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Spirit, determination, and hope… Local 2010 lemonade stands were held on June 4th and 5th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at all Kansas City area Hy-Vee grocery store locations. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) shares the vision of founder and creator, Alexandra “Alex” Scott—a cure for all children with cancer. When Alex Scott was diagnosed with childhood cancer, she told her parents she

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Girls on the Run

As parents of children with special needs, we’re frequently forced to spend an inordinate amount of attention and time tending to the needs of one child over another. Giving rise to questions from our other children such as …“Do you like him/her more than me?” My 5 year old, Abby, receives services for speech. She has an IEP and just completed the Early Childhood

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