Tuesday, March 3, 2015

For the Love of a Boy



Children with special needs have different ways of showing love, and community blogger Kari Horton says there are other meaningful ways to connect. 

Posted on Feb. 17, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
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When you’re the mother of a special needs child, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, angry and sad — or all of them at the same time. However, community blogger Kari Horton says a recent tragedy has helped her gain perspective.

Posted on Jan. 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
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“I hope you continue to persevere and embrace your differences,” community blogger Kari Horton writes to her special needs son on his 11th birthday. “You are my miracle, alive and beautiful. Keep doing all the things that make you happy, and never stop smiling.”

Posted on Jan. 13, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
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Posted on Dec. 16, 2014 at 12:23 p.m.

Blogger Kari Horton’s son might not enjoy visits to Santa as much as some kids. However, his holiday joys – memorizing the family’s schedule and when TV Christmas specials air, as well as apple pie – are meaningful nonetheless. 

Posted on Nov. 30, 2014 at 3:19 p.m.

On a particularly difficult day traveling by plane with her special needs child, community blogger Kari Horton was shown incredible kindness by a complete stranger. To this day, she is thankful for his actions and the example he set.

Posted on Nov. 24, 2014 at 9:21 a.m.

Being grateful for the toughest times makes it easy to be thankful for the great moments too, community blogger Kari Horton says.

Posted on Sept. 16, 2014 at 12:04 p.m.

Sometimes life with a special needs child doesn’t turn out how you’d always imagined it would. However, community blogger Kari Horton says the trick is learning to find happiness in the midst of the storm.

Posted on Sept. 3, 2014 at 2:31 p.m.

A day in the life of a child with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorder can be full of struggles and confusion – and beautiful moments too. Kari Horton shared the story of a day in her son’s life.

Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 1:25 p.m.

Having a special needs child not only shapes the way a family operates, but its members’ personalities. Based on her family’s experiences, community blogger Kari Horton says special needs children change their brothers and sisters for the better.

Posted on Aug. 13, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.

When a child’s disability can’t be seen with the naked eye, strangers’ comments and stares can be hurtful to he and his family. Kari Horton shared her family’s experiences with this, as well as a plea for people to trade judgement for kindness.

Posted on Aug. 6, 2014 at 12:57 p.m.

Soon after her son was born, community blogger Kari Horton knew something wasn’t quite right. The years that followed were ones filled with countless doctor’s visits, fear, loneliness and eventually, a diagnosis.

Kari Horton For the Love of a Boy
Kari Horton
Kari Horton is a 35-year-old mother of four children ages 15, 10, 6 and 2. Her 10-year-old son has Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, an immune disorder, chronic illnesses and other medical and behavioral issues. Kari's husband is a principal process control technology engineer at a local healthcare company, and Kari is a stay at home mother and learning coach for her two middle children. She also has a passion for animals and photography.