September 20, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg
Wow….it’s only been a little over a month since my son began middle school but it feels like it’s been much longer! So many changes and new challenges my son had to deal with; actually, we as a family had to address. Before I begin, I must tell you that this is the first time my son is in general education without having access to an aide in the classroom to ask for help; he’s doing it all by himself now.
One of the first challenges was preparing my son to use a combination locker. The week before school started, I went out to dinner with a close friend of mine who has a son that was also beginning middle school. I told her I was concerned about my son being able to use a combination lock at school because of his fine motor and processing issues. My friend told me that she bought a combination lock at the store so her son could practice before school starts….what a brilliant idea! Of course we immediately bought a lock and made my son practice using it every day before school began; I highly recommend this to parents to alleviate any anxieties your child may have using a combination lock, it was a great help! When the day came and he received his locker combination, he was able to turn the dial with ease; however, since it was a brand new school, the latches didn’t work well because they were too stiff. You know how we are as parents, the very next day my husband went to his locker and applied WD40 to the latch……anything to make it as easy as possible for our kid! Read the rest of this entry →
July 22, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess
Last year my daughter entered 6th grade and middle school. Rachel has Down syndrome and has always been fully included. Middle school conjures up visions of all kinds of difficulties for families of typical students. Add in an intellectual disability and the imagination can go wild with all the “what if’s.” Based on the testimony of many parents and students, some of those “what ifs” are real and not imagined. We had a fabulous first year of middle school and I’d like to share some of the reasons I believe this to have been so. Read the rest of this entry →
June 18, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg
Today is my son’s graduation from elementary school. For seven years he has attended this school and he even started way back in preschool. This makes him the longest attending student in this school since none of his other preschool classmates are still around. It’s a monumental day because it marks an incredible triumph in his young life because nothing has come easy for him. I can’t think of one of life’s milestones that my son has accomplished without a little extra support. He doesn’t even grow naturally and requires a daily shot of growth hormones to help nature run its course. It’s been this way for every aspect of his life including eating, speaking, fine motor, gross motor, learning, socialization and more. The amazing thing about my son is he manages these struggles with a huge grin, a heart of gold and the desire to learn when taught correctly. Don’t get me wrong he has many strengths to compensate for his challenges and he ALWAYS find a way to compensate but it takes time, effort and patience to teach him how. This is why today we will all celebrate this major accomplishment in my son’s life because he has progressed so far but this is also why tomorrow I start to worry. Read the rest of this entry →