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Kenneck Grace: Special Needs Parenting 101.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, August 12, 2011

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A mother writes about her daughter, who has autism, as well as her other children.

I cannot imagine what life would be like without any of my children: I love each and every one of them so much!

My name is Sabrina Faith Sedgewick.  I live with my husband, Barry, and our three children in Fond-du-Lac, Wisconsin.  I am a homemaker/homeschool teacher; as for my husband, he works in sales: he sells cars for a living.

Our children are named Jeffrey Paul (13), Kenneck Grace (11), and Sorn Gabrielle (9).  Jeffrey excels in sports and Sorn is a talented young dancer/singer (both want to make their careers in athleteics [Jeffrey] and entertainment [Sorn]).  As for Kenneck, she's happy writing stories; she wants to be a writer and write children's books.  All are healthy and are good kids.

Kenneck, our middle child, has developmental disabilities.  She has autism.  With our family (or with people she knows well), Kenneck acts like a typical 11-year-old (albeit a bit immature at times), but in unfamiliar societal settings or around strangers, she turns shy and/or quiet.  She will "stim" more than usual or duck behind Barry or myself.

If something is particularly upsetting or stressful, Kenneck will throw mega temper tantrums or try to rip her clothes off or dismantle the house, throwing things everywhere.  It takes all of our wits to try to calm her down; at times it isn't easy dealing with her.  At church, Kenneck sits in the foyer (with Jeffrey watching over her); she doesn't like sitting in a room that's full of people.  She is happiest listening to the praise/worship music or hearing Pastor Ricardo's booming voice as he preaches the Word of God. 

Other than her autism/developmental delays, Kenneck is as normal as they come.  She loves to read (or write) stories, play games on the computer, wearing the colors pink or purple, anything to do with horses or princesses, watching the old classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons on television ("The Smurfs" and "Scooby-Doo" are her favorite shows), going to the zoo or amusement park (she loves the wildest rides possible!), roller-skating, and ice-skating.  She loves to swim and to hunt for tadpoles or crayfish.  Kenneck is a very busy young lady, as you can plainly see.

We were devastated when Kenneck was diagnosed with autism (at the age of two, two-and-a-half), but we were determined to help her reach her full potential.  I think we have done a pretty good job with her, because even though she has autism/developmental delays, Kenneck is a very loving, smart little girl with a (usually) sweet, laid-back personality.

Well, I hear Kenneck singing "Bringing In The Sheaves", which is her way of greeting the day, so I might as well get the kids' breakfasts ready, not to mention, feed our big, behemoth of a cat, "Bluebell", our twenty-three-pound Ragdoll: "Bluebell" is currently standing in the middle of my chest, meowing her tuna breath up my nose (Pew!), and tickling my face with her long whiskers.  She is saying: "Feed me! NOW!!"  LOL

Until later, this is Sabrina Faith Sedgewick saying so long and God bless; I hope you enjoyed reading about my family!

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 8/13/2011
Karen this is an excllent story, thank you for sharing
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Paul Berube 8/12/2011
Very well done.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/12/2011
Next time, log out ... oops. LOLOLOLOL
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/12/2011
Excellent story, Karen, well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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