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Emily Davidson

Emily Davidson lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband and kids. She's a classically trained pianist, but is currently a stay-at-home mom while teaching private music lessons on the side. Her husband, Adam, is the lead Pastor at Portage Free Methodist Church. She has three children; Alexis, age 11; Malachi, age 9; and Zachary, age 6. Her daughter, Alexis, was born with Down syndrome. When Lexi was three years old Emily discovered that her daughter was also autistic. Lexi is now doing phenomenally in both school and therapy, and loves to share her joy with the world around her through her beautiful smile and amazing hugs.

Marshmallows…It’s What’s for Breakfast

Marshmallows…It's What's for Breakfast https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/marshmallows-its-whats-for-breakfast/

The other day a friend of mine was talking to me in detail about the entirely “non-processed and made from scratch” breakfast that she had prepared for her children. I nodded pleasantly, giving her kudos. She then went on to ask the question that I was dreading… “So, what did you feed your daughter today?” […]

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Special Moms Who Changed the Way Families Shop

Warrior moms. We’ve always been there. Fighting for our kids. Protecting them. Providing for them. Defending their rights. Especially mothers like us: mothers of children with special needs. We are the voice for our children who have no voice of their own. We will fight for them. With all our strength. For as long as […]

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When Loving Your Special Needs Child Also Means Taking Care of You

When Loving Your Special Needs Child Also Means Taking Care of You http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/loving-special-needs-child/

Peace. It’s what we all want, right? The problem is that we have to fight to get that peace, which feels like we’re going in circles. Every parent feels this way from time-to-time; like we’re running around all crazed and nothing is getting done while a tornado of “to-do” stuff is tearing everything apart around […]

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How to Use PECS to Give Your Child with Autism the Voice He/She Needs

“Use your words.” How often have we heard parents around the world use this phrase, or at least something like it?  And what do parents mean exactly when they say this to their children?  I remember not quite understanding the meaning of these words when I was in the pre-parenting phase of my life.  You […]

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Public Places – The Need to Stay Strong and Courageous

The other day a friend asked me what the hardest thing in my life is when it came to raising my daughter. Questions like these make me incredibly happy. My daughter, Lexi, is a bit on the unique side in that she has multiple diagnoses. She has both Down syndrome and West syndrome, paired with […]

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The Most Beautiful Smile – Taking the Time to Absorb the Joy

Absorb-Joy

My daughter is beautiful. I look at my baby girl and she takes my breath away. It has nothing to do with her blonde hair or her sparkling blue eyes, though they’re a nice touch. What makes my daughter beautiful is her smile. For the longest time, I couldn’t define exactly why this was the […]

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