Too Loud: Part I

The first time we heard someone refer to my son as having special needs, it hit us like a train.  I didn’t see it at first, although I was jumping through all kinds of hoops to keep him content.  I was “on” all the time.  I parented him and took care of his needs.  He was my first child, and I didn’t realize that certain things were not typical.  He met all his milestones early or on time.  His language concerned me a bit, but then he put those 2 words together just in time for the check-up, so I wasn’t worried.

He was very sensitive to noises, but the pediatrician told me he would grow out of it.  Lots of kids and people don’t like loud noises.  In fact, I hated loud noises as a kid, too.  My son was also a very picky eater, but once again, I thought of a lot of kids who were picky eaters.  At times, he had so much energy, it was hard to calm him down.

I had a few people talk to me about occupational therapy and how much their child liked it and benefited from it.  I would think to myself, “Are they suggesting we need this, or am I reading too much into what they are saying?”  I would also hear how I never took a break.  I never got to sit down.  I thought, “Of course not.  Parenting is hard, especially when you want to be a good parent.  All kids keep their parent’s busy, right?”


Maggie Ellison

Maggie is so grateful to be raising her 2 children with her husband in the low country of South Carolina. Life at the beach is what she’s always known, although living in SC is new to this NJ native! The beauty of the live oaks and the palmettos takes her breath away on a daily basis and being able to go to the beach all year is a dream for her. Art and music have also always been a part of Maggie’s life, and she is happy that her family has the same love and appreciation for it that she does.
Maggie and her family are also very active. Her husband coaches both kids in soccer, and they like to spend their time outdoors kayaking, biking, swimming, camping, etc. They try to seize every moment they can together, and they feel that it’s not just the family time that is important. They want their kids to know a life of activity and respect for the outdoors, expose them to new things and teach them about the world! Maggie and her family are no strangers to overcoming life's challenges. They've had to uproot their family several times when jobs have been lost in the economic crisis.
They also lovingly face the challenges of having a child diagnosed with special needs. Through all this, Maggie has learned to celebrate the good times and never take them for granted. Her family is everything to her, and she is incredibly grateful for every day she has with them and for every moment she has shared with them. Not a day goes by that she doesn’t tell them she loves them and how lucky she is to be her kids’ mommy. How sweet!

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