“I’ve been slapped, hit, bruised.”To make matters even more challenging, Hanson is now on her journey of day-to-day special needs parenting on her own.
It’s a rare diagnosis, so Sherman has turned to a community on Facebook where families as far away as Mexico, Israel and Spain share their experiences.In Minneapolis, she connected with parents of other special needs kids through community ed classes.The program was developed in part to make theatre accessible to people with limited incomes or disabilities.mixedblood.com/hospitalityendell was born in 2011 as a healthy baby.Julian has an unexplained unusual gait as well as a sensory-integration disorder and body-locking disorder.
Hanson knows a definitive diagnosis wouldn’t necessarily change her son’s life, but it would bring a certain comfort.After his two-month checkup, his parents Katie Sherman and John Strand headed to northern Minnesota with their toddler, Bjorn, and infant Wendell to spend the summer on an organic farm.It was there that Sherman noticed her son wasn’t grabbing onto things and sitting up like he should. We’re in the 21st century, and you can’t tell me what’s wrong.” Meanwhile, Wendell’s condition changed rapidly and he developed seizures.Parenting Julian has its delights as well as stresses, Hanson said.He’s often cheerful — and his ever-present smile can light up a room, especially when he engages with others by saying, “Hey, baby!Right now, there are only more questions: “What’s it called? It’s very alienating.”Julian talks using sign language and a few spoken words.