My son moves into third grade this fall. According to the Common Core Standards, that means he'll be tested. The intense and difficult process of designing an education for a special child adds up to a monumental task. Each child in the regular classroom learns differently. Special kids walk a path that is truly only theirs. My son learns through a physical, emotional, and cognitive basket of connections, each year, month, and day must follow a goal yet always let go to redesign and reassess at any moment.
Summer is almost here. I had picked my blue beaded sandal to wear that day. As I was waiting outside my daughter’s art class, I felt a little nudge on my feet. I looked down to find two tiny little shoes trying to fit into the curves on the side of my sandal. I said to the little boy who seemed fascinated by my sandals “Hi There, I think you like my sandals.” He looked up, his forehead covered with beautiful golden hair and smiled at me....more
This post may ruffle some feathers, may even wad some uptight people's panties. So if you are easily ruffled or wadded, then walk away from this post. This system is flawed. It's failing our children. Our children are sometimes in need of emergent care. It's NOT there for them. It's not fair. To them, or to the parents that care for them. ...more
This begins a five-part series on a topic that came up at the family dinner last night—travel and special needs kids. As we passed around the food, my son’s aunt and uncle talked about their recent trip and the flight home the night before. And we started wondering about special kids and travel. We tried to think of Down syndrome kids, or any special needs kids, that we’d seen on a plane, train, or even at a rest stop along a highway. None of us could recall but a few examples over a lot of travel among us spanning decades. We all asked, almost at the same time, “Why don’t we see more
It has become quite obvious that my fifteen year old special needs daughter and a boy in her social club have a little romance going on! I doubt if they've ever even uttered one word to each other but when they are together he gets right up in her face and takes her hands in his. Then they dance and run around together, hand in hand! It's just so incredibly adorable! ...more
Pesticides have been implicated in a variety of birth defects for a while now, but this new research using data from the California Pesticide Use Report found a strong link to kids born with autism or developmental delay.Researchers from the MIND Institute at the University of California-Davis tied autism risks to how close a pregnant woman lives to fields and farms where chemical pesticides are applied. In fact, it increased the risk by two-thirds!The most commonly used pesticides were organophosphates, and pyrethroids were second. Carbamates were also included....more
Look, over there. See them? They must be on welfare. It's the middle of the day; the cart is full of soda and chips. Maybe they could lose a few pounds? I mean, really. Can't they just get a job? From college graduate to welfare mom, I am now one of those "people."
The U.S. ties with Portugal. It's tough in those last seconds of the game, giving up the win when you thought you had it. Sometimes I think I have the day all wrapped up. Sometimes, a lot of the times, I am wrong.