Spotlight on Moms of Children with Special Needs

Developmental Connections Links Moms with #mom2mom Campaign

Parenthood is scary enough, but being faced with a diagnosis of Autism, cerebral palsy or Downs Syndrome for your child is life-changing. Taney County has many available resources, including the services offered by Developmental Connections, but it helps to have the advice of someone who has been through a similar experience to offer advice and support as a family navigates a new chapter in their life.

Beginning April 27 and running through Mother’s Day, Developmental Connections (the Taney County Board for the Developmentally Disabled) will launch a new social media campaign to link moms who have “been there, done that” with moms who are new to a diagnosis of a developmental disability.

“#Mom2Mom is a series of videos showing experienced moms of all ages, backgrounds and diagnoses giving their advice to moms who are just beginning their journey,” said LaDella Thomas, Director of Marketing and Resource Development. “We spent two days filming eleven moms and we went through at least ten boxes of tissue! We were honored that these women would open up about a subject that is so profoundly emotional for them.”

The videos will be posted to Developmental Connection’s social media platforms (Facebook: /developmentalconnections and Twitter: @devconnmo) and website ( beginning on April 27, culminating with a special compilation video on Mother’s Day. The first video to air will feature Gracie’s mom, April Wilbanks. Gracie was born premature at 26 weeks and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 2 years old. “I realized the future was almost brighter for her than the rest of us,” said Wilbanks. “She experiences so much joy and passes that on to other people every day.”

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