A Ventography!

Just two moms letting off some steam

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I downloaded a new app for Brody this weekend. It is called I Can Have Conversations With You! It intrigued me because it was designed to help children with autism develop naturally flowing conversations. Brody still struggles in this department, so I thought this app would be extremely beneficial.

The app was created by  Karen Kabaki-Sisto, an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist and applied behavior analysis instructor. She has spent the last 20 years working with children with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and social (pragmatic) communication disorder.

I Can Have Conversations With You! is recommended for learners ages 6 and up, talk in sentences, read and are comfortable using the iPad.

For a video tour of the app click here.

We have only had the app for a few days, but Brody likes it and has used it on his own without me badgering him to do it. 




I have a good friend who tried to get me to watch Parenthood for the longest time. I refused for two reasons. One, I knew the boy on the show has Asperger’s Syndrome and I thought that wouldn’t be anything like what I was experiencing at my house so why bother? Two, I figured the show would do a horrendous job of portraying what life is like with a special needs child and it would just annoy me.


My friend wouldn’t relent so I finally gave in and watched the show and surprise, surprise, I am now a loyal weekly viewer of Parenthood.

For me, it wouldn’t matter whether the boy has Asperger’s, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or whatever. I like the show because it realistically portrays that being the parent of a child with any sort of special needs brings a whole other set of issues. Not knocking them, but parents of typical children simply can’t relate. The show has covered:

  • how every holiday requires lots of behind the scenes preparation from us parents… prepping family members, practicing social scripts, making special food, etc.
  • how days that are usually joyous for parents of typical children (like the first day of school) are nerve-racking and anxiety provoking for us.
  • how learning that you are pregnant again can send you over the edge because you don’t know if you could find the inner strength to fight this battle for another child if the child also has special needs.
  • how family members, who have the best of intentions, are uncomfortable around the child and simply don’t know what to do or say much of the time.
I wish that viewing Parenthood was a requirement for mainstream America. It would do so much to help our friends and family relate to what our lives are like. In real life, our inner thoughts and emotions are not on display. But in Parenthood, you get to see the “behind the scenes” emotions of these parents. It could help mainstream America “feel the feeling” and truly relate to what we go through on a daily basis.


You can turn off a tv show, but you can’t turn off the worries of being a parent of a child with special needs.

If you would like to read an interview with the actor who portrays Max on the show, please go to: