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Danielle Sawyer

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Danielle grew up in St. Charles, and now resides in Florissant with her husband Devon, and son Harrison (age 2). Danielle is an Autism Teacher. Like the majority of her family, Danielle is deaf and hard of hearing, due to genetics. She has one cochlear implant (2018). Danielle’s hobbies include cooking/baking, riding four wheelers, sitting around a campfire, and crafting, when she has time! You can find Danielle and Harrison at some of their favorite spots: Magic House, Purina Farms, and Grant’s Farm.
a little boy putting his hand on his mom’s pregnant belly as she gets ready for a C-section

C-section Recovery Must-Haves

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Help your C-section recovery go smoother with these tips!     October 13, 2017.   My first pregnancy. I had a normal labor. Quick. I took the epidural as soon as I could. Started pushing. Then. Everything went downhill....
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Branson, Missouri : A Quick Weekend Getaway

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This post was written early in the summer before COVID cases spiked. We encourage all families to research their travel destinations and take every possible precaution to travel safely at this time.     Looking for a...
The the dome of the planetarium at the St. Louis Science Center

Calling all Little Scientists: Discover Science with Me

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Before Covid, the Science Center had an amazing Discovery Room for toddlers and young children. My son absolutely loved the rocket ship playground, sensory bins, dramatic play set up, space table, and ball pit....

Living in the Lou: Florissant Has All That and More!

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  Why do I love Florissant? History. Culture. Diversity. Hidden back roads. Amazing river views. 20 parks. And, the best neighbors anyone could ask for.       Florissant Valley Library, St. Louis County Library 195 N. New Florissant Road This...
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Autism Awareness Month: The Ultimate Sensory List

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April is Autism Awareness Month. According to Autism Speaks, 1 out of 54 children is affected by autism.   I have been in the field of special education for the past ten years. Currently, I have...

First Steps: Our Journey to Services and Support

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March 2021 marks one year. One year of following my gut. One year of meetings. One year of multiple evaluations. One year of countless appointments. One year of advocating for my son. All during...
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Cast Tips: Who Told 2021 to “Break a Leg”?

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Take note: these cast tips will save you if your child ever breaks a leg!   My dad always told me, “When your child is hurt, you feel it.” When my 3-year-old son broke his leg...
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Moving Tips: What to Do When the Market is Hot, Hot, Hot

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Do you have a big move in your future? Here are some essential moving tips to make the process run smoothly!   We have been searching for our dream home off and on for the last...
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Friday the 13th: An Unlucky Birth Story

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Friday, October 13th.   Besides Jason and Freddy, black cats, walking under a ladder, and breaking a mirror, it's a day known for bad luck.   While pregnant, I envisioned the perfect birth, including soaking in a hot...

Sensory Bins: Autism Teacher Approved, Budget Friendly

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Discover Sensory bins as a tool to help navigate learning. 2020 is a messy year. One word: Chaos. Our planners went into the trash. Our routines went out the window. With many at home full-time doing virtual...