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The Baby at the Doctor’s Office

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
He was absolutely adorable. Looking around the room, taking it all in. Making eye contact with everyone, waiting for a response, smiling when he got attention. Eyes widening if someone made a face or waved. Standing up on his momma’s thighs, strengthening his leg muscles. Getting tire...Read More

Traumatic Brain Injury: No I’m Not Okay

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
March is Brain Injury Awareness month, so this is the perfect time to talk about brain injury, also known as the “invisible illness.” Public awareness of brain injury, specifically concussions, seems to be increasing. There is always something on the news about professional athletes...Read More

Exceptional Teenagers

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
My oldest, the senior, got invited to a Steeler playoff party at a friend’s house. When they won, he asked me if we could have the next one at my house. I immediately said yes. You might wonder if I’m a fool, or can’t tell my kid no, or if I’m a glutton for punish ...Read More

I Let A Child Down

Next Step TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
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 TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
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 TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
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 TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
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 TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
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 TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
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 TherapyWednesday, December 4th, 2019
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


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  • Medical Assistance Plans: Amerihealth Caritas, UPMC for You, and Coventry Cares
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