About Me

While parenting special needs kiddos can be difficult, it can be really amazing, too.  I’m thankful to have friends like you to share the laughter and the tears (and an occasional glass of wine) with while we figure out this cat farm together.

I have two beautiful babies: a middle-school boy and an elementary-school girl.  My boy has ADHD.  My girl probably does too, but she gets along fine, so we’ll leave her alone for now. Oh, and I have ADHD as well.

During the day, I get the privilege of spending time with amazing children who have been diagnosed with autism. I work as a behavior therapist to resolve behavioral issues, to teach life skills, and to foster social skills. My job is. Awesome.

Miss Shannon's Cat Farm| Because parenting ADHD can be a lot like herding cats.

I created this site because I was tired of not feeling connected to anyone who shared in my experiences.  When my son’s teacher said, “It would serve him well to pay attention,” I didn’t have a friend to whom I could sarcastically say, “Oh really? I don’t know why we hadn’t thought of that before!”  I desperately wished for someone who I could call up and vent to–or better yet, invite over to eat popcorn and watch reruns of New Girl while simultaneously venting. (My husband is great for this, but he’s in the military and is gone a lot, so girlfriends are golden.)

I want that for you.  I want you to know that you’re not alone, and that there are resources out there for you, your ADHD child, and your family.  I want you to know that I get what it’s like having a child whom you know has special needs, but other people refuse to acknowledge it.  Some even see it as poor parenting! (Insert rage here.)  My hope is that through this site, you’ll find information, resources, and community that will foster change for the better in your family and your life.

Also, I love cats. You may not have figured it out, but I’m kind of a cat lady.  Although, I only have one that lives in my house, I like to think that I have many cats.  They just all live in my phone on Instagram. We also have a ridiculous dog named Olive, who has a bigger personality than all four of us humans combined.

I’m really looking forward to getting to know you.  Let’s lift each other up and enjoy the time we have to herd these cats!

Your friend, Miss Shannon

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