For Special Needs Moms & Dads Who Sometimes Feel Invisible.


By- Alethea Mshar

“I want you to know that I see you.

I see you running your child to therapy when your friends are running their kids to Little League.

I see you slipping out the of conversation when your friends are all chiming in about milestones and test grades.

I see you constantly juggling appointments and meetings.

I see you sitting at your computer for hours researching what your child needs.

I see you cringe when people whine about what feels like petty things.

I see you spread thin but still going the extra mile for your family.

I see you digging for depths of strength you never dreamed you had.

I see you showing appreciation to the teachers, therapists and medical professionals who serve your child with you.

I see you rising early in the morning to do it all again after another chaotic night.

I see you when you’re hanging on to the end of your rope for dear life.

I know you feel invisible, like nobody notices any of it. But I want you to know I notice you. I see you relentlessly pushing onward. I see you keep choosing to do everything in your power to give your child the best possible care at home, in school, at therapy and the doctor. What you’re doing matters. It’s worth it.

On those days when you wonder if you can do it another minute, I want you to know I see you. I want you to know you’re beautiful. I want you to know it’s worth it. I want you to know you aren’t alone. I want you to know love is what matters most, and you have that nailed.

And on those days when you have breakthroughs, those times when the hard work pays off and success is yours to cherish, I see you then too, and I am proud of you. Whichever day today is, you’re worthy, you’re good and I see you.”

Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting, 5-18-16, at Carteret School, from 7 – 9 P.M.

If your special needs student will be “moving up”  to a new school in the September, from Early Intervention to Pre-K, from 6th Grade to Middle School or from Middle School to High School, then this Special Panel Discussion is one you will want to attend!

Free Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings – May 6, 2016, in Montclair.

logo_sepac1blue The very good folks of Montclair SEPAC have invited Bloomfield SEPAC Parents and our KIDS to attend one of two sensory friendly films, this Friday afternoon, May 6, 2016 at 4 P.M  at the Bellevue Theater. The films are free, just please RSVP if you  will be attending. Their announcement follows below:


“Greetings! We are thrilled to announce that the Montclair Film Festival in partnership with Montclair SEPAC of NJ will be offering two Sensory Friendly Screenings on Friday, May 6th at 4 PM . Attached you will find the poster for these films to share: please feel free to email them to your community, print them and post them in your schools and around town and thanks for helping us spread the good news. Lights will be up (and dim), sound will be down, kids and their families will be welcome: we can’t wait to see you there!”

To reserve a seat, please RSVP at