Hello & welcome I’m Janice!
Let this be a “safe haven” for Special Needs families and their children. My desire is to help you find peace in all you do. Most importantly, is to remind you, you are not alone.
I hope that you enjoy what you find on this site, the stories, Q&A sessions, inspirational sayings, statistics or that this is your “safe place” to be heard and not judged.
A Quick Note Here
I’m not a doctor, I’m here to start an open and honest dialogue concerning you and your special needs child.
I’m bringing my past experiences to this space
I’ve worked in one-on-one and in group settings for the past 12 years with a wide range of Special Needs children. Including, but not limited to Tourette’s, Downs and Autism, both very low and high (Asperger’s) on the spectrum scale.
A bit of a big deal for me…
I graduated with honors in Psychology. Now, with that being said, my goals and services are to help you in any way I can to prepare your child for the real world (think of me as part of your team, your child’s advocate). To help him/her become their own advocate in the world in which we live.
This is awesome because I get to visit with you several times a week and make a real connection, sharing our personal stories, and support each other.
Several people ask me “WHY do you have a blog about Special Needs, do you have a child with a disability?”
No, not in the sense of the word, Yes, in a different way. (I am sure some of you have to deal with both physical and emotional disabilities). It can be frustrating until you find the right “team.”
A good team will make sure your child will learn to become his own advocate, he will learn how to survive in the complicated world in which we live.
I will explain the ‘yes” mentioned in the former.
Yes, in another form of Special Needs. I have a child who took the “Long Way Home.”
From the hospital that is.
See… he was born with a heart condition that kept us separated at his birth for three weeks.
Three long weeks.
At that time, I promised the Higher Power I would spend the rest of my life doing his work. After volunteering at our local hospital I realized I needed something more.
I found it. I am here to help you through those dark days as well as celebrate your child’s goals and objectives as they achieve them.
The official Bio
Janice Vedrode is a Special Needs Coach, Consultant, and Child Advocate with experience as both a parent and professional. She is the founder of Spectrum Speaks and is an expert in autism and Asperger’s spectrum disorders. Janice’s personal story is both noble and strong and it has equipped her to help hundreds of children and parents throughout the nation.
Janice became a mother at the age of 18. Her first son was born with a hole in his heart and as a result, Janice realized that her true calling was going to be centered in helping parents, who also have children with disabilities, to navigate through the challenging parenting realities that they might face each day. The emotional strain and guilt that parents may sometimes feel can be devastating. It wasn’t until volunteering at a local hospital that Janice decided that she needed to pursue more in her life. With a degree in psychology, Janice emerged as a leading expert in her field who is trusted by educators, parents, and children.
Janice and her husband, Kurt have been married for over 37 years. They live in Saginaw, Michigan with their three sons. For more information, please contact Janice through her website which can be found at: http://www.janicevedrode.com