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Autumn Robinson
BY Autumn Robinson
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The Ultimate Multi-Tasker: 89 Things Special Needs Moms are Always Doing

One of the most amazing things about being a special needs parent is realizing that you’re capable of doing many things at once. While many of us thought that we were multi-taskers before, we learn quickly that we weren’t coming close to our ability to get things done.

Here are 89 things that special needs moms are always doing.

Tracking

  1. Appointments
  2. IEP goals
  3. Prescription refills
  4. Favorite foods
  5. Behavior triggers
  6. Allergies
  7. Specialists
  8. Interventions
  9. Innovations
  10. Treatment options
  11. Charity events
  12. Opportunities

Preparing

  1. Food
  2. The week’s meds
  3. Reports
  4. Travel bags
  5. Plans for the future
  6. For phone calls
  7. For appointments
  8. For meetings
  9. For holidays
  10. For the unpleasant things
  11. For the awesome things

Wishing

  1. For more hours in the day
  2. For more money
  3. For a cure
  4. For better meds
  5. For no more seizures
  6. For the next developmental milestone
  7. For a miracle recovery
  8. For doctors to understand
  9. For friends to understand
  10. For family to understand

Driving

  1. To school
  2. To appointments
  3. To therapy
  4. To childwatch
  5. To the gym
  6. To the store
  7. To the pharmacy
  8. To the medical equipment shop
  9. To enrichment activities
  10. To far away specialists

Pulling

  1. Out our hair
  2. Out clean clothes
  3. Out wipes
  4. Out answers we’re unsure of
  5. Out answers we’re absolutely sure of

Smiling

  1. At the little things
  2. At the big things
  3. At the way your child smiles
  4. At the way they scrunch their nose when they’re upset
  5. Through the frustration
  6. Through the disappointment
  7. When everything goes right
  8. Because we’ve made it to the end of the day

Researching

  1. Treatments
  2. Coping
  3. Crafts
  4. Doctors
  5. Lawyers
  6. Organizations
  7. Support groups
  8. Long term solutions
  9. Gluten free meal plans
  10. Alternative treatments
  11. Innovative treatments
  12. Assistive technology
  13. Classroom solutions
  14. IEP guides
  15. Teacher reviews
  16. Answers

Planning

  1. For tomorrow
  2. For every minute of the vacation
  3. For getting a bigger car
  4. For when the next size of wheelchair/walker/braces/hearing aids will be needed

Worrying

  1. About everything
  2. About nothing
  3. About whether we’re doing the right thing
  4. About whether we’re doing the wrong thing
  5. About the toothpaste
  6. About the physical therapist
  7. About the IEP meeting
  8. About the transition meeting
  9. About whether our child will be successful and happy

Contemplating

  1. Escape to Disney World for a family vacation
  2. Escape to a private island for some solitude
  3. Escape to the grocery store
  4. Escape to the bathroom for an uninterrupted shower

This list is just a small sample – what are the things that you’re always doing as a special needs parent?


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Autumn Robinson

Written on October 29, 2014 by:

Autumn Robinson is a writer and PhD candidate who lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her husband, three young boys and daughter with special needs. She is a passionate martial artist and former special education teacher who believes that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their situation in life. Autumn is the Digital Manager for Vestidd, an innovative cloud based program that helps families with special needs to organize and manage their often complex responsibilities.
  • Neal

    Hey Autumn, dads to all of these things also.

    • Thank you! Really not meaning to slight dads at all. In fact my husband is a stay at home dad with our special needs daughter. I appreciate you bringing that up, point well taken.

  • Kim Gordon

    I can relate to this. Another thing I’m always doing is trying to stay healthy. It’s a losing battle. Gotta go pick up the meds.

    • Denise Barnes

      Great list. Thank you. I have to add Tracking fevers and watching for seizures. Tracking sleeping behavior. Worrying about addressing all of my child’s needs. Worrying about if he/she will ever be independent. Smiling at her pure unconditional love. 🙂

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  • Littleflamemom

    Trying to get one night of uninterrupted sleep!

  • I am always on hyper alert for the next major thing even in the mist of things while they are calm and there is no reason to be concern.

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