I called my mentor and cried. My mentor said to march right into the principal’s office and tell her there is no way I could do it. The principal smiled, said, “Yes you can,” and walked away.
You’ve taken your child to the doctor. You’ve communicated with the school. You’ve filled out a million forms. You’ve answered a million questions. Now, at the end of what feels like an excruciatingly slow process, you’ve been told that your child has a disability. Now what?
Every child, no matter how far behind, is on a developmental path hard-wired for growth and learning. Using strength-based language doesn’t mean ignoring or sugar-coating weaknesses. It means keeping the focus on student growth.
A Parent’s Perspective You may recall our friend Alex from the story Inclusion: A Parent’s Perspective.Today, as Alex prepares for her daughter to enter Kindergarten, she embarks on a new journey — one that is filled with love, uncertainty, and at times, heartache. Join Alex as she seeks answers and finds they aren’t so easy to come by. An Energetic Daughter My daughter is energetic. She feels everything at about 150% and laughs with all of her being. She is…
We’ve been really looking forward to this article. It’s that time of year when even the most mindful of people could use a refresher course on mindfulness. Schedules are packed. To-do lists are growing. People are scrambling to get their work done before winter break. Even the fun stuff – giving gifts, decorating, and going to parties – can start to overwhelm. Add kids to the equation and now you’re really spread thin. Add kids with disabilities and you just…
Most people think of trauma as something acute, obvious, and rare. Perhaps it’s a single terrifying event, or maybe a prolonged period of abuse, that sticks with a person forever. Unfortunately, the true nature of trauma is more complex and prevalent.
As a parent of an exceptional student, we understand that you want to partner with your child’s school to ensure the best programming. We help you understand what inclusion is, how it can benefit children with and without disabilities, and what recommendations are research-based.
While many people can identify what problem behavior they are interested in reducing such as tantrums or aggression, the reason for the behavior—the why—is often not revealed until a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) is done.