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7 Ways to Be a Positive Parent for Your Child with Special Needs

Connie Combs offers her expertise to help ensure a bright future for families Parenting is hard, but parenting a child with special needs can be downright daunting. Too often, parents feel isolated and scared when their child receives a diagnosis. However, with the help of caring professionals, such as local expert Connie Combs, there is

Relationship Drama

How to deal with the end of a friendship in middle school “How is Maggie?” I asked my seventh grader one day on the way to soccer practice. “I don’t know,” she replied matter-of-factly. “You don’t know? How could you not know? Don’t you see her every day?” I was a little shocked by my

Turning to Instagram After Diagnosis

A Cerebral Palsy warrior raises awareness and spreads positivity online When almost-five-year-old Briella Naif took 35 steps––the most she’d ever done without her walker––thousands of people were cheering her on. Her mom, Caroline Naif, shared a video of the feat on their Instagram account, @briellandme, and encouraging comments from over 11,000 followers flooded in. Briella