August 30, 2013
Great opportunity for siblings of students with neurological differences!

For more than six years, Good Friend has been spreading its message about autism awareness, acceptance, and empathy to those who surround students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Along the way, and within co-founder Denise Schamens' own family, the unique challenges that the siblings of children with ASD face have become more visible to us […]

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June 10, 2013
So we're going on vacation ...

Especially when families have school-aged children, summers are a time for travel.  It takes extra bravery, flexibility, and planning if that family includes a child with autism, and there have been some key considerations I've taken as a mom that have reduced behavioral turbulence, so to speak. You know that picture you have in your […]

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February 25, 2013
Sowing the seeds of self-determination

There's this word in the Special Education universe that's often misunderstood until, as a parent, you and your child are in the thick of it: Transition.  It's not the lowercase transition, which occurs so many times in the life of a student with special needs.  There's the transition from an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) […]

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January 21, 2013
What about being a Good Friend to a very special sibling?

Good Friend co-founder Denise Schamens writes today's blog ... Having three children was something I wanted after my two boys were born.  I hoped that my girl would come with our last attempt.  We were excited to find out at five months that a daughter was on the way! Little did I realize, people were […]

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July 9, 2012
THINK: 50 Cent and Autism

If the R-word campaign and Judy Endow's The Power of Words have taught us anything, it's that words matter.  What comes out of our mouths and/or off of our typing fingertips has the power to hurt or heal, to build up or burn down.  While Good Friend has spent the last five years educating some […]

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