Author: Jen Kehl

Did Plastic give your kid ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Allergies, etc?

Everyone wants to know why.  Why was my kid born with sensory stuff.  Why is my kid allergic to every food on the planet. Why does my kid have ADD, horrible eczema, hyperactivity?  Why, why, why?  I’m not a doctor, and I’m only a research scientist in my own mind.  But I’ve got a hypothesis

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The Social Experiment Part One

I feel like Isaiah is a social experiment.  Well, I don’t just feel like it.  It is almost intentional.   The fact is, I completely shelter him from outside influences.  There is no pop culture in his life.  No TV, no movies (post 1970), no pop music (post 1990), no video games.  We are living in

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He Turns the Screws

There’s nothing like a kid who his too smart for his own good, crossed with a smidgen of impulse control.  If you are wondering what that looks like, here’s an example. “You know Josie, soon you’re going to be a year older.” “I don’t want to get older.” “You have no choice Josie, everyone get’s

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Helping your child with special needs feel safe

Look folks, having a child, and especially a child with any special need, is going to be the most challenging thing you will ever do.  Hopefully it will also be the most rewarding.  The thing is, part of that challenge is constantly being your child’s advocate.  If you don’t advocate for your child, who will? 

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Me vs. Yardwork

I love trees, who doesn’t? But these elm trees?  Every spring for like two months I’m sweeping these things up.  Everyone tracks them in the house, they’re attached to the dog.  Yea, I don’t think so……I’m pretty sure I could do without this one particular tree. Meanwhile……I’m Listening to my iPod, Hold The Line Radio

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Grandma vs. The homeschooled child

Watching my 72-year-old mother and my 6-year-old Waldorf home schooled child attempt to write a letter using Word is nothing short of hilarious.  I’ve got the impatient technophobe (my mom) with the creative free-thinker.  My mom is yelling to me as I’m trying to make dinner “Jennifer, I don’t understand, how are we supposed to

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Making the tough decisions

Isaiah with his best kitty Cisco, before we found out he was allergic to cats and had to find new homes for all 4 of our cats. So the thing about allergies, both food and environmental, and asthma, is in order to help your child get through them it most likely means making a lot

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