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Happiness ~ What Every Parent Wants: Mission OT

October 6, 2013 in Special Education Articles by Doug Goldberg

Every parent just wants his or her child to be “happy”.  That is their bottom line.  Therapy, academics, home life, whatever, “just makes my child happy”.  Anyone who has worked with children for any length of time has had this said to them repeatedly over and over again.

It is really not their fault.  Ingrained in the American psyche and in our Declaration of Independence is the “right to pursue happiness”. But their definition was not about stars, stickers, yellow smiley faces and such.  Jeffersonian interpretation of “happiness” had more to do with virtue, doing well within your community, good conduct and good citizenship. (Jon Meacham, Jefferson: Profile in Power)

Aristotle had it even more precise, and perhaps he might be called (stretching it a bit) the author of the foundations for the rationale of occupational therapy.  Aristotle wrote, “happiness…is at the end of action”.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Always use facts instead of emotions to guide your actions in an IEP

March 22, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

I remember when my husband and I first entered the world of IEP’s.  We were overwhelmed by the magnitude of information, definitions, assessments, etc.  Of course, there was also the feeling of helplessness with regards to making sure our son had all the services he needed.  Sometimes, when a parent loses control of their emotions that can interfere with their ability to be an effective advocate for their child.  It’s happened to all of us at one time or another, when we as parents are trying desperately to convince the school district to give our child the services they need.  We might exhibit our frustrations through anger, tears, or depression because we are losing the argument with the school district.  When that happens, all communication between the school district and the parent’s stops and both sides walk away with resentment and ill will towards each other.  Since we are our children’s advocates, we must learn how to accomplish this by using a fact based argument instead of an emotional based argument.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Make your emotions work for you

February 5, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Jess

It's routinely thought that our passions interfere with our rationality.  Mr. Spock and Commander Data are supposedly the straight thinkers.  Fortunately, since what is done to our kids fills us with fear, indignation, and many other strong emotions, that's not exactly true.  Read the rest of this entry →

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