This page is about Finding Ninee (the site) and its origin and purpose. If you’re looking for more information about Kristi Campbell, the woman who started this site, visit the About the Blogess page.
This website is dedicated to parents everywhere, most especially moms like me who are navigating what I call “The Middle World,” the world of raising a child who is not typical, but also does not have an official diagnosis of autism or PPD-NOS. My son has a speech and language delay along with some general developmental delays. We realized that he wasn’t talking enough when he was about two, but were told that he seemed fine. At his two-and-a-half year check-up, we brought up his lack of language again and were then referred to Early Intervention.
When we first received our son’s not-really-a-diagnosis-diagnosis, I started to research (and by research, I mean Googling on my iPhone while eating) developmental delays, looking particularly for information from parents in similar situations. I wanted to know if fish oil worked to improve speech and language, whether people had tried B12, and whether other kids run laps when they start to get sleepy (is that a stim??). I found a lot of websites and mommy blogs written about parenting autistic children, Down’s Syndrome children and adopted children, but none that fit me, and our life just right.
Not finding sites and blogs that weren’t focused on a specific diagnosis made me feel alone, and so I started to this site – to share and to find others in similar situations. Honestly, this site has been a life-line for our family over the past three years and has given me wonderful opportunities and helped me to find amazing people who are in similar situations.
One of those opportunities was a chance to read What it Feels Like to Be a Special Needs Mom to a live audience at DC’s Listen to Your Mother show. You can see the video here:
Why “Finding Ninee?”
My son used to call airplanes “Ninees” (pronounced nine-ee, or 9E). I have no idea how he came up with such a strange way to pronounce the word labeling one of his favorite things in the entire world, but it is what it is. In choosing a name for this blog, I went against my (much smarter than I am) friends’ suggestions that “ninee” is too close to “ninny” and “wouldn’t it be better to name it something that people could actually find if searching for speech and language delays in children?” advice. To me, finding ninee is symbolic of us searching for answers. To learning how my son’s brain works and helping him acquire the skills he’ll need to navigate his life. That’s why.
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