Does your child neglect to turn in homework on time or seem to have no sense of how long it takes to complete tasks or activities? Time management deficiencies are not only a concern for students with ADHD and Learning Disabilities, they can be also be debilitating to all types of students. Time management skills play an important role in determining the amount of success a student will achieve. Once a student reaches high school, time management skills become one of the most vital indicators of academic achievement. The importance of time management skills only grows once a student reaches college or enters the work world. Read the rest of this entry →
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Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Gloria Perez Walker of Special Ed for Busy Parents. Gloria is a parent of a child with autism, a legal advocate, and a grassroots community organizer. The interview which lasted about 25 minutes covered topics ranging from raising a child with special needs, advocacy and my latest passion Special Education Advisor. The interview is presented below and I hope you enjoy it. Read the rest of this entry →
How will your students communicate when they leave school? How will they gather information? How will they say what they need to say?
How will they make phone calls? Leave messages? Readbooks? Do research? Tell their boss they are stuck in traffic coming back from that meeting? How will they get their news? Check their bank records? Pay their mortgage? Arrange their vacation? Sell their services? Sell possessions they no longer want? How will they learn the things they need to learn? How will they tell the stories that they need - or want - to tell?
In my first two years as a teacher, I worked with upper grade general education classes. This year, I’m in a different world in two ways: I’m teaching primary grades, and mine is a special education class.
Since early January, I’ve been in a bit of a transitional phase. Read the rest of this entry →
Today I agreed to present to a group of parents and teachers on how to prepare students on the Autism Spectrum for the "Real World." The obvious question is, how do you define what the "Real World" is?
So I asked my tribe for their thoughts on the matter and the responses were fascinating. Here are a few of them . . .
- The world that you are in is the real one. Just as the world that I'm in is the real one. Just be you and everything will be fine.
- Isn't the saying true that "you are what you make it"? What is real for you isn't an issue for some, and what isn't an issue for you is the consuming world for others. Or vice-versa....
- You know...often when I hear people talk about living in the "real world," they are usually referring to the drudgery of life and the junk stuff you have to deal with everyday. Not a happy sentiment. I think being grounded is a good thing as well as learning how to manage life. But, we could all use a little more dreaming and the asking ourselves the "what if" scenario. Looking for ways to make things better. : ) Read the rest of this entry →
I recently met with the parent of a 14 year old child with autism transitioning to high school. The parent has been actively involved in her son’s education and is a strong advocate in her own school district, involved in her Special Education Parent Teacher Association (or SEPTA) and participating in district committee’s on diverse education and staff issues. Read the rest of this entry →
GOING GREEN: Six Easy Ways to Improve Your Health, Your Home & RELAX! (especially families w/children diagnosed w/ Autism & other Special Needs)
Parents often find themselves wondering how to be environmentally responsible, budget conscious and most importantly, provide whatever their children’s needs require. Now that our society has finally begun to focus on reducing the negative impact of our society on the environment we focus on utilizing products and services that support that end result. We use the term “green” to indicate anything that reduces energy consumption, carbon emissions, or waste of natural resources. The benefit to the Earth is clear, but there are benefits to our own mental and physical well being that are often overlooked. People can be profoundly affected by their environments, and children, particularly those with special needs, are even more susceptible. Read the rest of this entry →
Despite the legal requirement that each child in special education have an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) with a Present Levels section (“present levels of academic achievement and functional performance”) that’s complete, up-to-date, and sufficient to develop meaningful and measurable goals (and in some cases, objectives), parents often complain that the school members of the IEP Team refuse to create such a Present Levels section. Read the rest of this entry →
The list of excuses below are some of the more common themes I hear every day from school districts who are trying to get out of testing a child for special education. None of these or other excuses should be accepted by a parent who is trying to find answers for why their child can't access the curriculum. As a parent, trust your instincts, if you think there is a problem most likely there is. Read the rest of this entry →
This week in a period of 24 hours, there were 3 shootings near local schools in the Los Angeles area. In light of recent events, I have 2 concerns. The first concern is the most obvious; how can we prevent guns from entering our school? Read the rest of this entry →