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Relationship, Relevance, and Resilience: When the Honeymoon is Over!

Honeymoon: A period of unusual harmony especially following the establishment of a new relationship … With each new school year, there is an established “honeymoon” period; where the students [as well as teachers] appear to be on their best behavior due to the notion of a fresh start.  In many cases, this period lasts fourContinue Reading

Relationship, Relevance, and Resilience: The New Three Rs!

Sometimes we forget what it was like being a child, and specifically, being a student.  For most of us, we barely remember what the day to day experience was like and most often, we have no clue what we learned in school. But we NEVER forget the teacher who made a difference in our lives.Continue Reading

Back to School Tip: Wear a Smile, Not New Clothes!

As we cycle through routines from year to year; for many parents, August is Back to School season with all of it’s rituals including new clothes, new supplies, and other essentials.  This year, I highly recommend experiencing new thoughts, new emotions, and overall, a fresh attitude when considering the upcoming school year.  How about seeing theContinue Reading

“Least Restrictive Setting” and How It is Misused 42 Years Later …

In 1975, federal law was passed protecting the rights of students with disabilities and PL 94-172 has been the guiding light ever since.  Parents, educators, and advocates have been on this vigilant path for 42 years and continue to work toward providing opportunities for students identified with disabilities and other conditions which impact their lives.Continue Reading

Down the Homestretch: Lessons from the Kentucky Derby; It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish!

I always associate the homestretch of the school year with the Kentucky Derby for both come at the same time; early May.  Taking this metaphor further, it’s not about how you start the school year, nor the Derby, it’s more about how you finish.  And in light of students with executive function gaps, ADD/ADHD, orContinue Reading

Being Present “Here and Now” Instead of Preparing for the Future Then, There, and Everywhere!

“Being Present …” “Staying in the moment …” “Keeping calm ….” “Being in the here and now.”   Likely, these Yoga-like phrases are familiar to you.  They are helpful when we need mental reminders leading to a form of relaxation and stress reduction.  However, in my thirty-plus years working in the school environment, I don’t recallContinue Reading

Is There an Elephant in the Room During Your Child’s IEP Meeting?: Funding Programs With Peanuts

Elephants are best observed in their natural habitat.  Or in the zoo.  Then again, there are still a number of elephants found in the circus.  However, within special education meetings, sometimes, elephants are also in the room.  Here’s what I am talking about: Recently, I participated in five IEP meetings which featured the following scenario:Continue Reading

Smiley Faces, Emojis, and Reward Systems: Another Perspective on Behavior

Building success upon “what already works” is the way to go when it comes to motivation, reward systems, and inspiring the best from our children.  They are no different than the larger, older forms of humanity; we all like positive feedback and respond accordingly. However, I am writing about the use of Smiley Faces withinContinue Reading

How Often Do You Have Autism-Like Moments In Your Life?

What I am trying to do here is share a perspective: Autism is part of the human experience. We all share similar behaviors and responses, especially, when stress, anxiety, or the general feeling of being over-whelmed is at the core. From my point of view, the intensity of the response, as well as the duration,Continue Reading

When Your Child’s Behavior at School is Inconvenient: It’s Not Always a Matter of Making Bad Choices …

Simply, behavior is a form of communication.  Unfortunately, when behavior escalates to the point of causing a distraction to learning, often, schools  forget about this important premise and handle the situation through cease & desist or containment.   As an education advocate, much of the case-work I serve features behavior at the core of the concerns expressedContinue Reading

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