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By Judy Blake on 1/23/2013 4:02 PM
Part of me is so happy to write about this and part of me is very sad.  As many Houstonians know by now, a fabulous waiter at a local restaurant is being hailed as a hero.  And he is a hero!  Working at Laurenzo's restaurant, he was waiting on a couple of tables.  Both sets of customers were regulars and one of the tables had a special needs child with Down's Syndrome.  
By Judy Blake on 1/20/2013 7:41 PM
Sandy Hook.  Two words that I will never forget and our country won’t either.  It took me weeks before I could even blog about what happened in Connecticut.  Like everyone else, I was devastated by the news that so many innocent people had perished.  I didn’t know it at the time but one of my son’s friends moved to Newtown several years ago.  A friend of mine talked to them when the tragedy happened and they couldn’t even speak because they were so distraught.  They live one mile from the school and knew some of the children that had died.  I can’t even imagine the nightmare these families and the community are feeling.  Heartbreaking, tragic, crushing – the list of adjectives is endless as to how we all feel about the shootings.
By Judy Blake on 1/8/2013 9:52 PM
I was late in picking up Ryan from school one day.  I try so hard to be on time but life happens and I have times when I just can't get there at 3:15.  I know he stresses if I'm not there and I've told him he can always go to the attendance office at school to use their phone.  While he has a cell phone, he rarely brings it to school.  It's weird and he seems afraid to have it there.  When I ask him why, he just tells me he doesn't want to have it at school.  I don't know if he's afraid someone will steal it or he'll lose it.
By Judy Blake on 12/10/2012 9:41 PM
I recently had lunch at a local cafe and didn't expect to see students at the table next to mine. I didn't think there was a high school in the area and thought maybe they were on a field trip.  The kids looked really nice but I could tell they might be a bit different.  I can't explain it but I just knew.
By Judy Blake on 11/21/2012 10:52 AM
The holidays are a wonderful time but they can also be difficult for people with special needs.  This doesn't just apply to a child like mine on the autistic spectrum - it could be anyone with special needs.  Anxiety, social phobia, depression - gatherings where there are a lot of people and even new people to meet can be most stressful.  So what can be done?  Accommodations - that's what can be done!
By Judy Blake on 11/9/2012 7:37 PM
I went to the grocery store today to pick up just a few things.  One of those items was a carton of eggs.  I always have the carton wrapped in a plastic bag.  It took only one time for them to fall out of a paper bag and there was a mess everywhere in my kitchen.  I usually bring reusable grocery bags but forgot to today.
By Judy Blake on 11/8/2012 7:01 PM
I recently participated in a conference and tradeshow.  It was a wonderful collaboration
of religious institutions and community groups that wanted to educate the area about
special needs, offer a variety of speakers and had vendors like myself who could promote
their services.  Always wanting to promote my speaking engagements and book - I was
happy to be a part of this event.
By Judy Blake on 11/7/2012 9:49 AM
Recently,  Ryan came home from school with a huge bump on his forehead.  I was very concerned and asked him how it happened.  He said "It's fine."  I explained it wasn't fine and I was worried.  My first fear was that some kids could have pushed him against a wall or against the lockers.  He assured me that didn't happen.  That was a relief!  But I still had to find out how he got such a bump.  I kept pressing him for more information.  Finally, he told me.
By Judy Blake on 10/14/2012 1:18 PM
Regardless of whether or not you are on the autistic spectrum, anyone can have an aversion toward insects.  Personally, I have always hated any kind of insects.  I'm terrified of bees, wasps, hornets, roaches - you name it!  I know it doesn't help that as a teenager, I was stung by a bee and had an allergic reaction.  My leg was swollen for four days and I was in terrible pain.  There was discussion of my carrying an emergency kit in case this happened again but I never did.
By Judy Blake on 9/26/2012 8:12 PM
It's not uncommon for families with special needs kids to find a place to worship.  I've had many parents share painful stories that their place of worship does not accept their child.  This breaks my heart!

I am so grateful that my clergy have always welcomed my children.  It doesn't matter what religion I am - it only matters that we are accepted as a family.  We come as a package and are always welcomed as a package.  Shouldn't every place of worship be like that?
What a great summer!
Many thanks to Outback Steakhouse!!!!!
There are those moments in life.....
Another field trip made possible....
The chicken sandwich tragedy....
Name that teacher.....
How empathetic would you be?
Going home already?
Not bashful this time - make yourself at home....
Adopting??? What do you mean???
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