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I Let A Child Down

Next Step Therapy - Friday, February 26, 2016
Race. We pretend that racial tension is a thing of the past, and that all people of all colors get treated the very same every day, and that “white privilege” is something some whiny socialists made up to stir the pot again. None of that is true. Darker skinned children show   ...Read More


Next Step Therapy - Thursday, February 18, 2016
If you were to take a poll of the general population and ask them what the number one thing wrong with our society today is, you would get many, many different answers. You would hear about both political parties, you would hear about the implosion of the education system, you would hear about   ...Read More

Betsy Came Into My Arms

Next Step Therapy - Monday, February 01, 2016
At my building, I have several classrooms of children, some with extreme special needs. Severe handicaps. Situations that make you wonder how they have survived to this day, and how they manage to smile, be sweet, and carry on. Our classrooms are for three to five year old children, and unl  ...Read More

Before Autism

Next Step Therapy - Tuesday, January 19, 2016
When my husband handed me my son for the first time, I felt his warmth and weight then peeled back his blanket, counted ten fingers and ten toes and breathed a sigh of relief. Sending up a quick thank you to my God, I assumed that since he looked okay that everything was going to be okay. Tha  ...Read More

Planning for Christmas 2016

Next Step Therapy - Friday, January 08, 2016
START PLANNING FOR CHRISTMAS 2016 NOW (Because this awesome idea takes some time) When I was about eleven years old, give or take a year either way, my family on my mother’s side decided to shake up Christmas. It was decided that instead of the eleven of us (my parents, sibling, g  ...Read More

Failure Is Not A Dirty Word

Next Step Therapy - Tuesday, December 29, 2015
I have written a lot lately about my oldest son who is a senior, and his successes at football, applying to college, and applying for scholarships. It has occurred to me that I need to temper that enthusiasm for being proud of my kids with an article about “when kids fail.” Ac  ...Read More

The Holiday Charitypalooza

Next Step Therapy - Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Tis the season to be inundated with charities looking for help. December through February is traditionally a time when non-profits, charities, and poverty stricken families need additional funds. Winter heating bills in the North and East strain everyone’s budget. One can’t help b  ...Read More

When Your 17 Year Old Baby Cries

Next Step Therapy - Tuesday, December 01, 2015
I haven’t shied away from the fact that I am a lucky, lucky mom. I have two healthy boys who, for the most part, were easy to raise and well behaved. We’ve had some issues – one child spent a week on a ventilator when he was 8 weeks old and nearly died. One went through a (t  ...Read More

Childhood Concussions

Next Step Therapy - Wednesday, November 11, 2015
“There’s nothing wrong with him….. He looks normal to me.” As Zachery made his way down the hall to class, he felt like he was in a fog. The commotion, bright lights and chaos of the hall made him feel like his head was spinning. His head started to pound and his hea  ...Read More


Next Step Therapy - Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Concussion. Concussion. Concussion. This buzz word is everywhere these days. From sports related injuries to the helmet law debate, the chatter surrounding concussion has greatly increased. Of course sports celebrities such as Sidney Crosby and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. help bring attention to the cau  ...Read More


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