What She Wore: blue jeans; blue t-shirt with spring-colored stripes; brown, slip-on tennis shoes.

What She Ate: Piedini Milanese. I’m having leftovers for dinner.


My husband would know that this is not a good introduction to a conversation. Usually, when I lead in with OK that means I’m hatching some evil plan. Typically, I’ve got no clue as to how I would pull this off, but I still want to talk about it.

So. . . OK!

I want to start a play group/mother’s group for the mommies of kids with special needs.

In my head there’s a website with pre-planned activities. Moms can take their kids to the things that appeal to them and that work for their schedules. It would have a lot of the same activities as a normal playgroup, but there wouldn’t be any stress and pressure. Your kid is four and they can’t walk? No biggie. G-tube? Been there, done that. There’d be less glaring reality and more having fun with your kids. Wheelchairs/AFOs?/non-verbal–the more the merrier. I mean, I would love to go to some activities with Charlie and I have no problem discussing him and his issues, but I feel like kind of a downer when I’m around people who aren’t family.

I’m not sure if I could pull this off. I’d have to find some moms of special needs kids–maybe I could distribute fliers? Better yet would be if I could get some pre-printed signs. Of course, those are expensive. Hmmmmmm.

So, Internet people, give me your thoughts. Maybe all the brain power will generate enough energy to get me going.

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  1. I can think of two online places where you could start-

    1. Craiglist has a “groups” category where you could post it

    2. meetup.com, this does cost money but like $10 a month, this is where I met a lot of my friends thru a girls-social-group, and you can create any kind of group you want, they have a great system for emailing, and rsvp’ing and everything. The only drawback is a lot of people have never heard of meetup but I’d guess if there were other moms like you out there, they will google and find it?

  2. Thanks, Tracy!!!! Those are awesome suggestions.

  3. I would think you should start w/ the therapists & doctors you’ve been working with. I would think they would love the idea because the kids would get more stimulation? Print out a flyer and hand each Dr/therapist a stack to give out and see what happens?

    great idea btw,

  4. http://www.bcbsla.org/web/general/forms/angel_award_find_results.asp?mt=1&p=Caddo

    Check out Janet Parker & Karen Gordon.

    I wonder if they already have things set up?

    This kind of makes me think they might because of that park that Gordon built/fund raised for.

    okok I’m stopping, BUT I’m such a good googler, the kiddies are in bed and Matt is out of town this weekend!

  5. Well, Mercy, I don’t know, but several of my therapists work for ARC here. I will start asking people this week if there’s any kind of playgroup.

    Tracy, I checked out Meetup.com and there are already three people who are interested in joining a group like mine should one be created. I’m still debating because I don’t know exactly what activities I would do, but it looks pretty promising.

  6. I think it’s a great idea–and you are just the person to get it going. Maybe you could contact local churches to find out if any of their parishioners have children w/ special needs who might be interested.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    This is a FABULOUS idea. I have no suggestions but I can be a great cheerleader… rock on girlie!

  8. Hey girl… I think it’s a GREAT idea! I know there are several online Mom’s groups to look at. I don’t know if you can specify special needs with these type of groups… I’m sure you can.

    Hugs – Tiffany

  9. Leucantha says:

    I started a playgroup after we moved here. It is just getting going but here are my suggestions I have a posting on a few websites like https://www.mamasource.com/ and http://www.raisingthem.com. I know there are a ton more. I also post it through my church. I have never made expensive flyers. I would do something out of my home computer and post it wherever you think interested people would see it. Do it, if you make one friend and help each other out it is worth it, but you have the potential for so much more!

  10. I think it’s a great idea, girl! There’s nothing like creating your own support system with people who truly understand what you are going through!!

    You’ve gotten some great suggestions here…

    Let us know what happens!