Most families hate the staring their children and they endure when they venture out in public. It can and does keep families from going out at all. Been there. Done that. That’s not okay. I’ve shared my column/tips on staring before, but given the on-going prevalence of this unnerving issue, here it is again as reprinted on Terri Mauro’s popular special needs site at

When it comes to staring, shake it off and venture out. Your child, and you, deserve to move about in public freely. The more you do this, the less of a novelty your children with special needs will become, and the easier it will be for you to ignore the stares. Plus, you never know why someone is staring.

Advocate. Advocate. Advocate. Educate. Educate. Educate.

And then, take a nap and get ready to jump the next hurdle.

Judy Winter photography