the author with her two children, both of whom have been diagnosed with special needs

The Social Cost (And Reward) of Raising Children With Special Needs

When my husband and I first had children, I was elated to meet other mothers with children the same age. Watching our kids on the playground while we caught up over coffee turned into playdates at each other’s houses and helping each other plan birthday parties. But as our children grew older, my kids started to experience developmental delays, while theirs did not. The dynamics began to shift and I soon found myself quietly pushed