About Rosie Reeves

Rosie Reeves is a writer and mother of three; including one with special needs. She works side-by-side with her daughter’s therapists, teachers and doctors. Rosie also serves as the Los Angeles Special Needs Kids Examiner and as a contributor on the Yahoo! Contributor Network. She can be reached at [email protected] Rosie is a member of the PedSafe Expert team

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Articles by Rosie

To Hover or Not to Hover? THAT is the Special Needs Question

To Hover or Not to Hover? THAT is the Special Needs Question

I took my three kids (2 are typical, one has almost invisible special needs) to a theme park last week. As we were walking some park employees started to close a gate and told us we had to wait a bit before we could proceed. There was a young man standing next to me who asked his mom if it was a train or a carriage that was coming by. She said she didn’t know. He started watching a video on his... 

Thin Line Between Helping and Enabling My Special Needs Child

Thin Line Between Helping and Enabling My Special Needs Child

My special needs daughter always wants help. As she gets older I want her to start being more independent, which means that sometimes I say no when she asks for help. I encourage her and tell her I know she can do it on her own. And I feel guilty about it. For a long time I didn’t say no – I helped. And helping usually means doing it for her. I mean, her fine motor skills challenges make it... 

Video Games and Kids with Special Needs

Video Games and Kids with Special Needs

My kids are obsessed with video games. When they aren’t begging to play them, they sit and watch videos of other people playing them, or they are talking to their friends about them. A while ago I wrote an article on the benefits of Wii for kids with special needs, including using it for therapy and exercise. Virtual settings also allow kids with physical challenges to do things on screen that their... 

FREE National Parks Pass for People / Families with Disabilities

FREE National Parks Pass for People / Families with Disabilities

Did you know that a person with a permanent disability can gain free access for life to national parks, wildlife preserves and other locations? I had no idea! The pass is usually $80 per year. The person with the disability can also bring along some friends for free! The Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation all... 

7 Reasons a Pet is Good For Your Special Needs Kid

7 Reasons a Pet is Good For Your Special Needs Kid

1. Kids love animals. Animals make kids happy. 2. Pets can be calming. Petting a dog, listening to the purr of a cat or just gazing at a fish tank can lower blood pressure and stress levels, according to WebMD. 3. The chores involved with caring for a pet can help teach kids responsibility and empathy as well as help the child feel productive. 4. The physical acts involved with caring for a pet can... 

I’m A Special Needs Soccer Mom  …she’s come a long way, baby

I’m A Special Needs Soccer Mom …she’s come a long way, baby

Sometimes being a soccer mom is a miracle My child is now on a soccer team. That seems like such a mundane statement, and the driving to and from games and the extra strain to find time to do homework and make dinner is wearing me out. But in the middle of it all I try to take a moment to remember that the fact that she is on a soccer team is not mundane at all – in fact, it is almost miraculous!...