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When Food goes from Foe to Friend

July 27, 2014 in Featured, Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

As many of you know, over the years I have written about our son’s difficulty with food.  From the very beginning with his texture sensitivity with food, apraxia and sensory processing difficulties… food has not been a friend to him.  He is now 13 ½ years old and he finally looks at food as something to look forward to and not something to fear.

It all started a couple of months ago when he started to watch the Food network and Cooking Channel with me.  Mind you, I do cook quite a lot at home but he was never interested in watching me or tasting my dishes….trust me I asked him on many occasions to taste what I was cooking and he refused with vigor!!  I haven’t pushed food in the past several years because he’s older and that window had closed, so I secretly hoped that someday that window would re-open again.  Well sure enough, I was watching Brunch at Bobby’s one day and he was making scrambled eggs, my son looked at it and said, “That looks good!”  I was shocked to hear him say that because I’ve made it many times at home and he was never interested in trying it.  I asked him if he would like me to make some for him and he said yes.  So I made him one egg the next morning with salt a pepper and he tasted it and said, “Yuck.”  I told him to try it again and he did and after the second bite he said, “Yeah….I could eat that!”  He ended up eating half the egg that morning.  Fast forward to present day, he now eats three scrambled eggs mixed with cheddar cheese in one sitting.  Someday if I ever see Bobby Flay, I have to thank him for inspiring my son to eat scrambled eggs!!  So it began, our son’s love of food. Read the rest of this entry →

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Dyslexia: To Spell or Not to Spell – The Sequel

May 12, 2013 in Featured, Special Education Articles by Jess

I think I am a fairly reasonable person. I know how to pick my battles and when to use honey to catch flies. This spelling conundrum is getting the better of me. Let me refresh your memory and then give you an update. Awhile back I shared a story about an IEP where the resource teacher and general education teacher unanimously agreed that the 5th grade student with dyslexia really didn’t need to know how to spell because, “…after all, they don’t really need it in middle school anyway and he can just use spell check.” I then put their theory to the test and found that if this student relied solely on spell check in WORD, he would still misspell 27% of the words. Read the rest of this entry →

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