What We’re Thankful For – TTASN5

We have a lot to be grateful for.

On this episode, we talk about some things that happened during the past few months, share listener emails and talk about some of the things we and other parents of special needs kids are thankful for!

You have a story, too!

What are you thankful for with your child?

If you have questions about raising special needs children, topic suggestions, or comments, we want to hear from you!

Here’s how you can join the conversation:

1. Send a voice message through your computer

2. Email us at chriscowan@me.com

3. Leave a comment below!

HUGE Thank you to Laura Cowan for sponsoring this episode!


For only $5, you can help keep our podcast going and have an episode dedicated to you! We’ll even read a brief (appropriate) message from you if you’d like!

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TTASN 4: What They Don’t Realize, Part 2

For a Special Needs Family, there are certain things that you face on an ongoing basis that others don’t realize.

No matter how much other people care and support your family, there are ultimately going to be some things that they just can’t fully understand until they’ve actually been there.

In this episode, we continue our conversation about some of the things we’ve experienced that we had never even thought about before having Hunter. Things like:

  • The emotional side of things
  • The “gross” stuff
  • The paperwork and appointments
  • Concerns about the future
  • Sticking out/looking different
  • The love and affection

You have a story, too!

Do you have things you would add to or change about this list? Did you find anything we talked about surprising or informative?

If you have questions about raising special needs children, topic suggestions, or comments, we want to hear from you!

Here’s how you can join the conversation:

1. Send a voice message through your computer

2. Email us at specialneedspodcast@icloud.com

3. Leave a comment below!

HUGE Thank you to Laura Cowan and Gabriel Carillo for sponsoring this episode!


For only $5, you can help keep our podcast going and have an episode dedicated to you! We’ll even read a brief (appropriate) message from you if you’d like!

We love iTunes reviews!


If you enjoy our show, please leave us a nice review on the iTunes Store!

More from Breakroom Studios:

Pop Mockers 
A clean pop culture comedy podcast.

MadCowan.com
Chris’ personal blog.

Now I Love It
Esther’s craft and repurposing blog.

The Bible News Network
A comedy webseries that answers the question: “What if there was a TV News Network during the events of the Bible?”

The Adventures of Plank-of-Wood Boy
A webcomic featuring a boy who fights crime, using his ability to transform into a plank of wood.

The Comic Panel
Several cartoonists, taking turns telling a story one panel at a time.

…and much more on the way!

TTASN 3: What They Don’t Realize, Part 1

For a Special Needs Family, there are certain things that you face on an ongoing basis that others don’t realize.

No matter how much other people care and support your family, there are ultimately going to be some things that they just can’t fully understand until they’ve actually been there.

In this episode, we talk about some of the things we’ve experienced that we had never even thought about before having Hunter. Things like:

  • Getting babysitters
  • Affect on available time for other commitments
  • Sleepless nights
  • Dealing with seizures
  • The physical burden
  • The positive side of having a non-verbal, immobile child (no talking back or disobeying)!

Next week, we’ll talk even more about some of the things other families don’t realize. In the meantime…

You have a story, too!

Do you have things you would add to or change about this list? Did you find anything we talked about surprising or informative?

If you have questions about raising special needs children, topic suggestions, or comments, we want to hear from you!

Here’s how you can join the conversation:

1. Send a voice message through your computer

2. Email us at specialneedspodcast@icloud.com

3. Leave a comment below!

HUGE Thank you to Laura Cowan and Gabriel Carillo for sponsoring this episode!


For only $5, you can help keep our podcast going and have an episode dedicated to you! We’ll even read a brief (appropriate) message from you if you’d like!

We love iTunes reviews!


If you enjoy our show, please leave us a nice review on the iTunes Store!

More from Breakroom Studios:

Pop Mockers 
A clean pop culture comedy podcast.

MadCowan.com
Chris’ personal blog.

Now I Love It
Esther’s craft and repurposing blog.

The Bible News Network
A comedy webseries that answers the question: “What if there was a TV News Network during the events of the Bible?”

The Adventures of Plank-of-Wood Boy
A webcomic featuring a boy who fights crime, using his ability to transform into a plank of wood.

The Comic Panel
Several cartoonists, taking turns telling a story one panel at a time.

…and much more on the way!

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We love iTunes reviews!


If you enjoy our show, please leave us a nice review on the iTunes Store!

TTASN 2: Can You Say That?

What terms are acceptable when referring to a child with special needs?

As we’ve become more and more a part of the hip new subculture known as “special needs families,” one thing has become clear: some people really care about using the “correct” terminology. There are certain words or phrases that, while seemingly innocent or even previously acceptable,  can potentially trigger a negative reaction (or at least a correction).

Things like…

  • Disabled vs differently-abled
  • Special needs children vs children with special needs
  • Special needs vs special powers
  • …and more

In this episode, we share our personal opinions on the issue, and give some down-to-earth advice for people who might be trying to navigate through the rough waters of special needs terminology. Here’s a hint: it’s the heart behind the words that really matters.

What words do YOU use to refer to children with special needs? Do you disagree with something we said?

Whether you have your own opinion on this issue, questions about raising special needs children, topic suggestions, or comments, we want to hear from you!

Here's how you can join the conversation: 1. Send a voice message through your computer 2. Email us at specialneedspodcast@icloud.com 3. Leave a comment below!

Sponsor a show!

For only $5, you can help keep our podcast going and have an episode dedicated to you! We'll even read a brief (appropriate) message from you if you'd like!

We love iTunes reviews!

If you enjoy our show, please leave us a nice review on the iTunes Store!

More from Breakroom Studios:

Pop Mockers  A clean pop culture comedy podcast. MadCowan.com Chris' personal blog. Now I Love It Esther's craft and repurposing blog. The Bible News Network A comedy webseries that answers the question: "What if there was a TV News Network during the events of the Bible?" The Adventures of Plank-of-Wood Boy A webcomic featuring a boy who fights crime, using his ability to transform into a plank of wood. The Comic Panel Several cartoonists, taking turns telling a story one panel at a time.

…and much more on the way!

TTASN 1: Our Story

When you first picture having twins, there are a lot of images that come to mind; both children playing together in the yard, learning new things together, competing to reach new milestones.

At least, that’s what we pictured. But life is very rarely quite the way we picture it. When we discovered that one of our children was physically and mentally disabled, we had to let go of some of those images, and navigate through a completely different adventure.

In our first episode, we discuss our journey with our son, Hunter; the first signs that something wasn’t quite normal, some of our biggest struggles in the beginning, our reaction to Hunter’s diagnosis, and finally having a happy boy again.

You have a story, too!

Whether you have your own opinion on this issue, questions about raising special needs children, topic suggestions, or comments, we want to hear from you!

Here's how you can join the conversation: 1. Send a voice message through your computer 2. Email us at specialneedspodcast@icloud.com 3. Leave a comment below!

Sponsor a show!

For only $5, you can help keep our podcast going and have an episode dedicated to you! We'll even read a brief (appropriate) message from you if you'd like!

We love iTunes reviews!

If you enjoy our show, please leave us a nice review on the iTunes Store!

More from Breakroom Studios:

Pop Mockers  A clean pop culture comedy podcast. MadCowan.com Chris' personal blog. Now I Love It Esther's craft and repurposing blog. The Bible News Network A comedy webseries that answers the question: "What if there was a TV News Network during the events of the Bible?" The Adventures of Plank-of-Wood Boy A webcomic featuring a boy who fights crime, using his ability to transform into a plank of wood. The Comic Panel Several cartoonists, taking turns telling a story one panel at a time.

…and much more on the way!

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