One of the moms on my triplet list mentioned this site today and since it was new to me I decided to visit. AMAZING! How have I missed this one!? Where have I been? Oh, I know, I was busy getting divorced from a too-long abusive mate; getting seriously injured in the process and now being 100% disabled from it; two years of court battles; figuring out how to really be a single parent ... not just any single parent, but one to a vanload of kids - six - ALL with a huge assortment of special needs! (what's listed below is only what's relative to now); and figuring out HOW to go from MOM the keeper/doer of all good, necessary, essential (& sometimes evil) stuff so each kid could be their best TO BEING one of those needing exactly what I was doing/giving for/to them! Very tricky transition. I'm still busy - and will be more so as I devour everything here - but I'm also hoping to get a fresh perspective on some stuff we deal with now that my sis & niece live with us. All my kids were challenging in many ways, but they all are smarter than average and adapted well in compensating for their various deficits. My sister defies logic; and I know now why my mom couldn't keep having sis living with her... it was driving her nuts. I can't sort out what's a true deficit and what's a learned behavior and then when you add in her little girl's issues - it's driving me... and all my kids (the ones that live at home & the ones that don't) insane somedays! Anyway, for now, I'm just saying Hi and Thanking whoever started this site for doing so. For years I was a regular on OUR-KIDS and have made use of all their resources, but never saw this one. Sometimes I feel like I'm coming out of a time-warp of some kind.