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 rosie327@aol.com. Rosie is a member of the PedSafe Expert team

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Articles by Rosie

Does My Daughter Have Autism? Do Labels Help or Hurt?

Does My Daughter Have Autism? Do Labels Help or Hurt?

I took my twins to the mall last weekend so she could hunt for her latest fandom obsession plush and he could hunt for Pokemon. While in GameStop, one of our favorite stores, a noticed a young man in a bright blue shirt. I think I noticed him because he held his arms at an unusual angle. When I looked up at his handsome face I recognized some signs of autism. He was enjoying himself in the store when... 

My Special-Needs Child is Now a Tween …Wait, Not Ready Yet!

My Special-Needs Child is Now a Tween …Wait, Not Ready Yet!

My child is now officially a tween. She has one foot still firmly planted in childhood, wanting to play games and pretend and collect stuffed animals. With the other foot she has started to dip her toe into the shallow end of early womanhood. This terrifies her, and it terrifies me even more. Just yesterday, even as she complained about the smell as I polished my nails, she flattened her hands out... 

Thank you Danny – I Forgot You Don’t Always See Special Needs

Thank you Danny – I Forgot You Don’t Always See Special Needs

Every day of the school year as I crept along in my car in Los Angeles traffic, I passed an elementary school. There were always many children walking with adults, but one boy caught my attention. He was incredibly overweight, and he didn’t walk as much as waddle. His feet barely fit in his sneakers. When I first started seeing him and his mother I got a little judgy – how could his mother let... 

Dropping the Rope: Letting My Special Needs Child Grow

Dropping the Rope: Letting My Special Needs Child Grow

My child recently started behavioral therapy. I have written before about the fine line between helping and enabling and my desire for her to be more independent – even if she doesn’t want to be. I mean, who wouldn’t rather have someone else do their chores for them? What kid really wants to sit down and do homework? But whether she wants to do things or not, I know she CAN do things... 

The Road Ahead For Special Needs Kids: Aging Out of School

The Road Ahead For Special Needs Kids: Aging Out of School

Although we continue to improve the educational opportunities and outcomes of our special needs kids, as they age out of school there are a whole new set of challenges ahead of them – and us. Many high-functioning individuals are very employable, and training and vocational programs may prepare some young adults for jobs. Others are lucky enough to be born into a family business which is familiar... 

Should We Let Special Needs Kids Win?

Should We Let Special Needs Kids Win?

A few weeks ago there was a sweet story about an undefeated high school senior wrestler named Deven who had a match against a student with Downs Syndrome named Andy and let him win. The media was making the senior out to be a hero, but the story bothered me. In the article the senior talks about how his opponent had good moves,and even the school coach complimented Andy’s wrestling skills, but...