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

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... 

Milestones for Parents of Special Needs Children

Milestones for Parents of Special Needs Children

From the moment a baby is born, new parents (not to mention pediatricians) tend to obsess about milestones. Rolling over, sitting up, babbling, first steps are not only signs of your child’s development they also feel like validation that you are doing your parenting job correctly. But sometimes when you have a special needs baby these milestones don’t happen on schedule – sometimes they may... 

To All Caregivers of Kids (Especially Special Needs): Two Words

To All Caregivers of Kids (Especially Special Needs): Two Words

Yesterday I had to leave work (again) because one of my kids was sick (again) and we went to the doctor (again). There was a tall young dad in the waiting room with a tiny infant. He juggled the supplies and the baby until he managed to find a bottle. Of course I made a fuss over the cuteness of the little bundle, despite the mortification of my own child who now stands 3 inches taller than me. The...