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Katie

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Katie, a self proclaimed "momma bear", enjoys living her busy, country life with her husband of 10 years and 3 sons just outside of Baton Rouge in Tangipahoa Parish. Katie attended Southeastern Louisiana University where she obtained a degree in Elementary and Special Education. Little did she know how her love of children with special needs would grow shortly after she graduated college. Her middle son, Connor, was born with a rare brain disorder called Schizencephaly-he is wheelchair bound, nonverbal, blind, battles retractable epilepsy, and is fed through a feeding tube. Katie and Connor endure the many trials they are put through with a smile and joy in their heart. Along with being an active member in her church and working for an online public school, Katie regularly advocates for those who experience developmental disabilities at the Louisiana State Capitol. She is the Region 9 leader for Louisiana Citizens for Action Now (LaCAN) and is a member at large for the Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs. When life's challenges seems too much to bear, Katie remembers this quote to keep forging ahead and being the voice for those who have none, “God often uses our deepest pain as the launching pad of our greatest calling.” -unknown

Service Dogs :: 8 Things You Need to Know Right Now

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Picture it. You are casually strolling the aisles of the grocery store racking your brain for that one item you forgot to write down while wrangling your kids to stay nearby when you turn the...

Sharing Is NOT Caring :: The Exploitation of Children on Facebook

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Sharing Is NOT Caring :: The Exploitation of Children on Facebook It was an ordinary day. I was casually checking my Facebook messages when I was stopped in my tracks. The message read: "I just wanted...

Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion :: First Lady Edwards Tells All

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Walking through the sturdy, gleaming white front doors adorned with larger-than-life Christmas wreaths, I was greeted by a warm smile and a "Hey, how are ya? Thank you for coming!" from Louisiana's First Lady...

It’s My Tree and I’ll Put it Up if I Want To

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Goodbye Halloween, HELLLOOOOO Christmas! I know what you're thinking. I can see the eye rolls through my screen. What about Thanksgiving? you ask. Stop rushing through November and let the turkey have his day, you say. I get those points,...

To the Pregnant Woman Worried About Zika :: From the Mom of a Child...

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To the Pregnant Woman worried about Zika, Days ago I read your comment under a news story on the Zika virus. You wrote, "I can't think of anything worse than having a child born with a horrible brain...

Please Handle Him with Care

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Dear IEP Team: Please Handle Him with Care. We are finally "restarting" the new school year after the 1000-year flood. The knot in my stomach grows tighter. You see this year you will be blessed...

It’s Not You, It’s Me :: An Equal Opportunity Text Ignorer

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Texting. Goodness gracious, can I give the inventor of texting a loud and proud high five? Texting is a wonderful way to quickly communicate with each other. I love texting and prefer it over phone calls while juggling homework, cooking supper, and...

10 Things You CAN DO for Flood Victims

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10 Things You CAN DO for Flood Victims “Actions speak louder than words” is a saying that most everyone has heard throughout their life. Most of us understand the concept behind it, but for the...

10 Things NOT to Say to Flood Victims

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Author’s Note :: This blog was a collaborative effort of survivors of flooding and their thoughts on how common sayings have made them feel. Not all statements resonated with all victims, but I felt...

Fighting Baby Fever {After deciding I’m finished having babies}

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As a child I dreamed of the day I'd become a mother. I never had a doubt in my mind that I wanted children, but often wondered how many children I'd have.  In a...

Loving a Child that’s Dyslexic {What You Need to Know}

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As a special education teacher, I get attached to many students, especially those who have dyslexia.  These children hold a very special place in my heart because they are not like typical children.  They can't...

What’s Wrong With Him? {Why I Encourage Curiosity About My Child With Special Needs}

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After the reality of having a child with very complex medical and developmental needs sank in, I decided that I was going to bring my sweet Connor in his bright blue wheelchair everywhere I could. I wanted...