Education & Outreach
August 19, 2019
Jessica J. Spear
I keep coming across "mom guilt" when talking to other moms. It is very REAL!
It doesn't matter if it is a pediatric stroke, a heart defect, cerebral palsy...a suicide.
For some reason, for many of us, we go to feelings of guilt when it comes to the suffering and challen...
March 25, 2019
Today I am CELEBRATING 👏 Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day - March 25, 2019!!!! ☘️
Eleven years ago, I sat in the office of a pediatric neurologist who had just examined my 18-month-old child, Brendon. I was there to “rule out” all neurological diagnoses. 🥺
November 13, 2018
Jessica J Spear
My children have drilled this way of thinking into my brain.
It has been life altering for me!
Just think about this...
I went from being sad, depressed, and desperate to find worth and meaning all of the time to...being grateful.
Seeing beauty in all that surrounds me.
October 22, 2018
"In some cultures, children with special needs are seen as the human form closest to perfection and God, because they are no longer here on Earth to learn, but to teach.
In these cultures, the elders all bow down when the child with special needs enters the room."
October 1, 2018
When we get the diagnosis of pediatric stroke (or whatever life challenge it is for you) all we can see is the highest mountain and we believe we must be at the top, NOW.
When what we only focus on is being at the very top, we become overwhelmed, afraid and exhausted...
September 1, 2018
My children started new schools in a new district for the 2017 – 2018 school year, after a move in late Spring of 2017. My son, Brendon, started the 6th grade and my daughter, Adelyn, started the 1st grade. It was not an easy transition for Brendon.
I don't use the ter...
March 25, 2018
“It’s not fair...that other kids can run faster and I have to wear a brace that I don’t like.”
As the mother who hears those words I have so much to say to try to make it better...
Yes, but that brace will help you.
Yes, but as you continue to wear the brace, you’ll get u...
November 11, 2017
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem titled
A Psalm of Life.
In his poem, Longfellow, reminds us:
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!
It is my belief that children are a gift from something greater, handed off to us with love. ..
It is chi...