From the moment the pregnancy test reads positive, our dreams
and planning begin. We dream about what our baby will look like,
about the first time we gaze into those beautiful eyes. We devour
the baby books, sketching out a road map of firsts-the first time
they are supposed to smile, roll over, walk, talk or ride a
But sometimes things go wrong. Doctors warn that the baby might
not follow the road so well traveled. The "typical" milestones are
no longer the focus and words like "can't" creep into conversations
more often than words like "can."
As parent of a child with special needs, it's sometimes hard to
know where to set the bar for expectations. In this issue of the
magazine, though, we found parents who decided the only way to
raise their kids was to not set the bar at all. Parents Vivian and
Eric Richardson of Aurora and Jean and Dan Thompson of Glenview
decided to let their children reach beyond everyone's expectations.
"Let them choose their path and if they're willing to try it, you
have to find a way to make it happen," Jean Thompson told us.
You can do the same by believing in your child's possibilities,
taking care of yourself and letting us help. We have collected more
than 825 resources for parents of children with disabilities, some
of which are included in this edition and all appearing online at
ChicagoParent.com. You also will find an interactive electronic
version of this magazine that will put you in touch with the
resources and advertisers in just a simple click. And throughout
the magazine we've collected plenty of advice and tips from parents
like you on how they're managing, and sometimes celebrating, this
As always, we would love to hear from you. Tell us what matters
to you and what you'd like to read about in upcoming issues.
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