Fighting To Survive With Special Needs

Fighting To Survive With Special Needs

Fighting to survive shortly after he was born, as part of his diagnosis the doctors and tests diagnosed that he would never be able to walk in his life. Matthew is a special needs toddler, two years old he still was not walking. When he was in third grade, the school the psychologist diagnosed Matthew, that he would never be able to learn anything. With his mom Tracy, persistence and a strong belief, and going to therapy 3-5 times a week, Matthew was not only walking but he was playing hockey on rollerblades from a very young age. From third grade to eighth grade, mom homeschooled him and his older brother.

Special NeedsIn a domestic violence situation, Mom, later removed him the Instant she heard it was happening to him too. It was long overdue. It was 2009. He was 22. Domestic violence and stocking continued after leaving. Which apparently aided in the reason he had not grown physically and stayed small and weak. They had to give up their friends, even their family to start a new life.

2015, the new life begins, still with some interference. It’s been a long road to starting over.

Matthew did not want to go to a day program and had difficulty finding a first job, even with the resources available to him. So he decided he wants to become self-employed. Mom has a career in voiceover. She works from home. Mom works with Matthew and exposes him to a variety of different kinds of media from audiobooks to media and book production. He has a small library of drawing and film books and the tools to help him. He can now teach mom film production.

Matthew got involved with basketball and ice hockey. This is about the time not only did he grow taller and get stronger, But, he bloomed with the help of a new male role model. Later, he put on a suit, got his hair cut and walked his mother down the isle of wedded bliss. He gave her a kiss on the cheek and handed her to his new father. They gained a supportive loving new family.

Matthew became a participant in the worlds largest special needs hockey tournament. The Valencia SNAP Flyers were able to go with the help of donations and fundraisers. In March 2015 to the city of Kanata, Canada where 76 special needs ice hockey teams from around the world assembled in one place. They peacefully played together. The farthest team was from Australia. Matthew’s team won most of their games played.

Years after Matthew was discarded from family members, he took elective classes in college. His passion became moviemaking. He’s also followed in his mom’s footsteps in writing. He single-handedly got his mom started with publishing her books. Tracy recalls, “Matthew used to come running in the room, “Mom, Mom, there is this website I found where you can publish books”.” She now has 17 books and audiobooks on, ebooks, and in print. His mom made it to number one. International bestseller, in four countries and in three categories. And two books received awards, one being a bronze medal award. She is nominated for the 2015 EIPPY award received in October 2015. She has been on various radio shows, podcasts and interviews in magazines.

All of her books and Matthew’s maybe found on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible, Barnes and Noble, and other book sites.

They are also found on YouTube, and other websites including and and Matthew’s website

Matthew has the writing fever. He is currently working on his second book and his third book. He has authored one and illustrated two published books. He has one book available in audiobook, narrated professionally by mom. He has been holding auditions for his next audiobook. Matthew has his own online store with about 500 products found on his website with designs he created and helped mom make her own.

Mom credits Matthews success to exposure, persistence, and more exposure to new things that encourage him to learn.

Tracy says, “Special needs parenting does not end.”

After going to school for 23 years he’s finally interested in learning and has a sponge for knowledge we’re he didn’t love school before. He has a thirst for accomplishment and enjoyed college classes. Matthew still needs his moms help and will for some time. He really is trying to improve himself, so he can one day live an independent life. He makes his mom and his new dad proud.

April 2016 Matthew is now working on completing and publishing his books, Entrepreneurial video projects and his websites.

Matthew’s SNAP Hockey team is having a Skate-A-Thon fundraiser between now and April 30, 2016 Please donate online at
Thank you in advance.

Rev. Dr. Tracy Elman, D.D, D.M. -multi-award winning best-selling author, narrator & founder of Empowerment for Life, Education & Coaching,

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Rev. Dr. Tracy Elman, D.D., D.M. -multi-award winning best-selling author, narrator, & founder of Leap To New Heights, Empowerment for Life, Education & Coaching.