Jennifer Butler
Jennifer is the mother of 2 children and more 4 legged furry babies than she (or her husband) cares to count. Both of her children have primary immune deficiencies and her son is also on the autism spectrum. Jennifer is a full time Organizational Communication professor whose research focuses on work family balancing. Jennifer spends her spare time rescuing animals and advocating for her special needs children. She does this by focusing much of her energy on service dogs for children and being a school board member at her children’s school. You may contact her on Facebook, on Twitter, or at her blog, Caden's Tale.
Jennifer Butler
Jennifer Butler
Jennifer Butler

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Making the Decision to Homeschool

Making the Decision to Homeschool

Like I mentioned in my previous post about virtual schools, it just wasn’t an option that was ever on our radar.  My husband and I both work full time and neither of us had any significant challenges in the public school system so we just assumed that our kids would attend as well.  Ah the…Continue Reading

The Traditions in a Home of Special Needs

The Traditions in a Home of Special Needs

Tradition…the repetition of an honored event or activity commonly shared with friends and loved ones that holds symbolic meaning to the participants. Every year around now I start gazing longingly at magazines and reading social media updates eager to learn more about the traditions my friends and their families share. Oh how I love those…Continue Reading

The Black and White of Recommended Age and Autism

The Black and White of Recommended Age and Autism

Recommended Age. You know the phrase–it is located prominently on the front of every single toy that you consider purchasing for your child.  You know the label–the one that triggers flashbacks to every developmental report you have received from the psychiatrist, school IEP team, the pediatrician, etc. You know the reports–the ones that give developmental…Continue Reading

Employers and Special Needs Families

Employers and Special Needs Families

Every parent who works outside the home knows the challenges they face when their child wakes up sick on a scheduled work day.  A 2012 study by the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital found that 50% of parents with children under the age of 6 reported difficulty making arrangements other than missing work…Continue Reading

What to Consider When Choosing a Service Dog Agency

What to Consider When Choosing a Service Dog Agency

In my previous posts, I have talked about the role that service dogs can provide in a differently-abled individual’s life as well as personal considerations before moving forward with a service dog commitment. Stories of desperate individuals raising money for a service dog agency who then skips town with the money or provides a poorly…Continue Reading