Understanding DyslexiaAccording to the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, 1 out of 5 people are dyslexic, making it one of the most common learning disorders. Dyslexia causes individuals to have difficulty in reading and spelling. Dyslexic children have difficulty in decoding and reading words, and cannot recognize common “sight words” such as “in” or “the”....more
Many of you may know that DC is obsessed with food. He has breakfast and he is already worried about lunch. After lunch we move on to:“Dinner is later after that” – he always seems to add “after that” when he talks about “later”....more
I’m angry. Well, maybe that’s too strong a word. I’m frustrated. No, that just won’t cut it. I’m angry, frustrated, sad, disappointed, surprised… Over the past week this amalgamation of negative emotions has reached its boiling point. ...more
Finally our Town scheduled a “Big Trash” pickup. These pickups used to be an annual event – when I say “event”, I mean an “event”. It was as if a newsletter went out to all of the surrounding towns and as soon as one piece of “big trash” hit the curb, the caravans of cars and pickup trucks descended. DC and I moved to this town 20 years ago, for the school system. At the time this town had the best special education program in the state. We moved here from a relatively big city, where to be honest, I thought I’d seen everything, until “Big Trash Day” came around, that is…….....more
When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.
The day arrived. The child is in your lap; her life on your mind. When will he walk? When will she talk? Which diapers should I use? As my son grew, I realized a whole bunch of benefits opened up by having a child with Down syndrome. I didn't know about them, and they certainly weren't in the index of any book. Every day with this child has taught me to let go and find appreciation in how much I have to learn and how much he can teach me about letting go.