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Life & Work with Tayler Todd

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tayler Todd.

Hi Tayler, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
At 19, I gave birth to my daughter. Early on, I noticed she didn’t do as much as other babies. The doctors told me babies develop at their own paste but I felt in my heart it was something more. My aunt helped me find a regional center who helped give my daughter therapy until she was three years old. At two years old, my daughter was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome which is a neurological disability. She is nonverbal and non mobile. So I’ve always wanted to be more open about the situation and bring more awareness and even a normalcy to children with special needs. My daughter is now eight years old and I’m a lot more comfortable and more willing to be open. Six months ago, I started a YouTube channel it is called Rett Mom Vlogs. It’s basically what our life is like. I made the channel to touch basis on what’s it like to be a mom of a child with special needs and to show that although our kids are different, they are still amazing kids; and although it is different and a bit more difficult, it’s not the end of the world. You can still be who you are as a young adult and parent a child with special needs even with all its difficulties. Eventually, I’d like to start a nonprofit organization and be able to give back to special needs moms and bring moms together because I know it’s always nice to talk to people who truly understand.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. I’ve never liked sharing my personal business. It just always been hard. I’m really not much of a talker. And in the earlier stages, it was a very emotional thing to talk about.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I created a YouTube channel to show moms with special needs that they’re not alone. Especially the young moms. I want to bring awareness and normalcy to children with special needs. I’m most proud of myself for opening up, sharing my experiences, and trying to create a space for my special needs moms. It took me a very long time to be comfortable with the idea of sharing my “personal” life.

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