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Dynamic Moms

August 25, 2011

by Sarena James

Last week while browsing through Facebook Fan Pages, I came across a group called Dynamicmoms. I noticed two things. First, the group and I had a mutual friend, and secondly, the photo of beautifully dressed smiling mothers by themselves, no children around.

Dynamicmoms is an online social networking support group designed specifically for mothers with special needs children. 

“It’s a place where mothers can share experiences, get advice and support, and express their true feelings,”says Karla Thompson Barnett, the group’s founder.

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“Many mothers I speak to, including me have dealt with shame, isolation, fear of being judged, and guilt.  I personally had very little support and did not talk about my son’s special needs until this year, and now he is three and a half years old.”
That lovely photo was taken at their first Mom’s night out. Kudos to them for taking a well-deserved moment for themselves! Barnett, who originally thought of forming a group for moms in general, saw a greater need for support in the special needs community. “I think it’s really important for mothers to embrace and support each other… especially when a mom receives a diagnosis of any kind and feels there is no hope.  Testimonies really help. One of the moms that I’m supporting found true peace from reading your testimony, “says Barnett. She adds that through Dynamicmoms, mothers can network and exchange information on their experience with certain providers and therapies. “We ask questions like, ‘Who works well with your child?’, and ‘What therapies have benefitted your child the most?’” 

Karla Barnett, dynamicmom.com

Barnett is also working on an indoor play center for special needs children called Dynamickids.  DynamicKids will be an exciting, safe alternative to the “typical” indoor play area. The facility will have a playscape, sensory room, soft play equipment and more. “It is designed especially for children with special needs. To kids, we are a giant playground, and as they play, they are getting part of their ‘sensory diet’.  Leading occupational therapists recommend that parents, working in conjunction with teachers and other therapists, develop a daily “sensory diet” that complements a child’s structured therapy,” she says.
The first location will be developed in Rochester Hills, Michigan with plans to expand across the United States.  Barnett entered a promotion for Pepsi in an effort to get funding for her project. Though she didn’t win,  she did gain a lot of support for the Dynamickids project and remains very optimistic that it will happen.
Barnett has big plans for her support group. By the end of the year Dynamicmoms will also provide services to include Video Chat support groups, Ask-the-Expert video conferences, and fundraisers to help cover the cost of therapies and supplements for those who can’t afford them.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 25, 2011 3:29 pm

    Great article and I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization. Karla Barnett is an amazing woman and mother, dedicated to making changes in lives of children with special needs. I look forward for groups like Dynamic Moms to catch on in cities all over the country!

  2. August 25, 2011 3:24 pm

    Hello Debbie! Thank you so much for joining the conversation OA9! To date, I haven’t heard of any mothers of special needs children who are a part of a group like Dynamicmoms. There are a variety of Mothers-Day-Out programs and even respite programs that provide care so that moms can get a break. But how great would it be to be in the company of other mothers who totally understand your journey; It must be quite uplifting! I get a chance to chat with moms while I’m in the waiting area of Grant’s therapist office. I am eager to see if any of them have thoughts about or have heard about any support group like this. Please keep us posted on any information you find. Thanks Debbie!

  3. Debbie Fowler permalink
    August 25, 2011 12:29 pm

    Sarena,
    I love this idea! The thought of starting some kind of support group has been floating around in my brain for a year or so… I know a couple more moms who have kids on the autism spectrum that might be interested as well. Are you involved with any kind of group locally?? I haven’t really checked into any of the local groups… I’m sure they are out there.

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