Terry Caliendo

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October 1, 2020
I Made the World a Little Safer!

In a previous article, I wrote about how We Were Sent Home From the Hospital with Instructions that Could Have Killed Our Son. I informed the hospital of my experience and sent them my article. I'm happy to report they changed their process! I like to think that I made the world a better place […]

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October 1, 2020
A Typical Parenting Moment from the Parent of a Child with FASD

I've written in other articles on this blog about how I am a parent of an adopted child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Our son with FASD is now 7 years old. And we also now have a 15-month-old son that is, thus far, developmentally on track. When our child with FASD was 15 […]

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January 9, 2020
We Were Sent Home From the Hospital with Instructions that Could Have Killed Our Son

I've just spent over five hours at the Summerlin Pediatrics ER here in Las Vegas, Nevada. Starting with our primary Doctor assuring me that my six-month-old son will be fine as I tear up after being told I need to take him to the ER for testing, its been a day with a range of […]

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November 8, 2019
After School Programs: Your Child May Not Be As Safe As You Think

Recently, our son, who has what we often call an "invisible disability", had an issue with an after school program that forced us to obtain deeper insight into how after school programs work here in our Clark County, Nevada School District. I wrote about that experience in my post "FAS - You Wouldn't Say That […]

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November 8, 2019
FAS - You Wouldn't Say That About My Child If It Was Autism

Parenting a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is extremely difficult not only because of the inherent issues that appear in a child who has FASD but also because the greater world at large still doesn't understand or "see" the "invisible disability" that is FAS/FASD. What follows is a very long-winded account with a […]

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September 14, 2018
Exploding Breakfast Sandwiches! An Easy and Exciting Breakfast for Little Kids

A while back, my infinitely creative wife culled up what turned out to be an exciting, very fun and super easy breakfast idea for our five-year-old son. An unofficial culinary wizard (by that I mean she binge-watches cooking contest shows entire seasons at a clip while studying and learning from them), but incredibly busy building her non-profit […]

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January 24, 2018
Active Therapeutic Sensory Bedroom for our Angry, Hyperactive Child (ODD & ADHD)

My son is and always has been very energetic.  When he was 1-2 years old, anyone that took care of him, be it a nanny, a sitter, or a daycare worker would be sure to let us know.  Early on, the nicer caregivers politely termed him as being "very busy."   Then it was "strong-willed."  As […]

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January 19, 2018
How I Help My Angry Hyperactive 5 Year Old Learn To Read (ODD & ADHD)

While my son is still a bit too young to be officially diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), he has been officially diagnosed by a licensed child neuro-psychologist as having ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder).  The psychologist has also indicated that the ADHD diagnosis is likely to come as he enters school age (he is […]

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December 7, 2017
InYard Therapy Swing Review (& Hammock Chair Swing Stand)

My wife and I adopted our (nearly) 5 year old son from the Clark County foster care system here in Las Vegas.  Once I figure out how I want to write publicly about our experience as foster and now adoptive parents (i.e. what to make public and what to keep private), I'll be writing more […]

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November 1, 2017
How to Get Your Child to Give Up His/Her Halloween Candy

Every year when Halloween rolls around our child suddenly has a bucket load of Halloween candy and because we don't want him to ingest that much sugar, the question becomes, "How do we get our child to give up his Halloween Candy".  Last year after watching an on-demand replay of the old ABC Halloween Special […]

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